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April 2018

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Next Up: Arabian Travel Market 2018 in Dubai

April 18, 2018

Leading Resorts group, Crown & Champa Resorts will be attending the annual Arabian Travel Market (ATM) in Dubai, from April 22 to 25, 2018. The global event, held at Dubai International Exhibition and Convention Centre is celebrating its 25th year – a notable milestone.

 

ATM first opened its doors in 1994 at the Dubai World Trade Centre with 52 nations, 300 exhibitors and 7,000 trade visitors. 25 years later, the exhibition is considered the benchmark for the Middle Eastern and North African tourism, which facilitates US$2,5 billion in industry deals, and attracts 2,500 exhibitors from 153 countries and over 28,000 influential visitors.

 

The theme this year is Responsible Tourism and certainly a topic of major importance to the Travel & Hospitality Industry, and to destinations around the world. In line with the values and ethos of the company, Crown & Champa Resorts is committed to operating in accordance with the best possible standards, in a responsible and sustainable manner.

 

Read the Crown & Champa Resorts Corporate Sustainability Report here »

 

“It is important that hoteliers, operators, local communities and tourists alike, take responsibility to ensure tourism becomes more sustainable.” – Simon Press, Senior Exhibition Director, Arabian Travel Market.

 

Visit the Crown & Champa Resorts stand number AS2350, together with the Maldives Marketing and Public Relations Corporation (MMPRC).

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6 Facts about Maldivian Culture & Heritage

April 13, 2018
Maldian Heritage - Meeru Museum

The Maldives, a tropical paradise of pristine beaches, is one of the most favored tourist destinations in the world with over 1,192 coral Islands grouped into 26 coral atolls in the Indian Ocean.

Here are 6 interesting facts that you should know about the colorful Maldivian Culture & Heritage for World Heritage Day, April 18, 2018:

 

  1. History of the Maldives

According to archaeological evidence, the Maldives Islands have been inhabited for more than 3,000 years, with a history of Hinduism and Buddhism before the country embraced Islam in 1153 AD. The first settlers are believed to be Tamil and Sinhalese peoples from southern India and Sri Lanka, as well as Traders from Arab and African Countries.

 

Tourism only began in 1972, after the opening of the first tourist Resort in the Maldives. Thanks to the Travel & Tourism pioneers, the Industry only continued to grow with Kuredu Island Resort & Spa being the first Resort built in the Lhaviyani Atoll in 1988, which paved the way for other Resorts such as Komandoo Island Resort & Spa, and recently opened 5-Star Hurawalhi Island Resort within the same Atoll.

 

Maldivian Heritage - History of Kuredu Island Resort

Kuredu Island Resort & Spa during development in 1988.

 

  1. Maldivian Language (Dhivehi)

With influences from Sanskrit, Sinhalese and Arabic, Dhivehi has its own script called Thaana that displays both an Abugida and a true alphabet principle. There are three major dialects spoken by local Maldivians, including Malikhu or Mahl spoken by the islanders of neighboring Minicoy Island.

 

Common Dhivehi phrases:

  • Hello: “assalaamu alaikum” (formal) | “maruhabaa” (informal)
  • How are you?: “haalu kihineh?” (formal) | “kihineh?” (informal)
  • Fine, thank you: “ran’galhu, shukuriyyaa”
  • Thank you: “shukuriyyaa”
  • You’re welcome: “maruhabaa”

 

  1. Maldivian Food

The natural abundance of coconut palms, Tuna and Reef Fish, and the unique mixture of curries and spices from initial settlers influence main Maldivian Traditional dishes enjoyed to this day. Combinations of these main ingredients are still found in various dishes, such as Tuna Bajiya (Fish-based), Garudhiya (fish soup) and Huni Roshi (Coconut-based Flatbread).

 

Coconut Juice or Kurumba is the most popular refreshing beverage of the Maldives, which is also served to tourists and guests at Resorts such as Veligandu Island Resort & Spa in traditional Maldivian style.

 

Maldivian Heritage - Kurumba

 

  1. Maldivian Clothing and Craft

Men traditionally wear sarongs wrapped around the waist with a long sleeved shirt, which is invariably white. Cotton is the preferred fabric due to the island’s tropical weather. Women traditionally wear what is called libaas, which resembles a dress typically worn during special occasions, festivals and during dance performances such as Weddings or Cultural Bodu Beru performances. They are usually adorned with gold or silver colored threads, and the best ones are hand stitched.

 

Museums, such as Meeru Museum exhibit several Maldivian artifacts, from traditional wooden boxes used as travel storage (lakudi foshi), to wooden Maldivian sandals worn until the early 1980s (ujjehi maravalhhi).

 

  1. Maldivian Heritage Sites

Because of the various influences, several religious monuments and temple ruins can be found throughout the local Islands, across the atolls. As small as copper plates and scrolls with details of historical livelihoods, to as large and noticeable as the mosques, temples and coral walls. The capital, Male’ City, features tourist attractions and heritage sites such as the Old Friday Mosque, conveniently located a short walk away from Champa Central Hotel.

 

Other sites include the shipwrecks and sunken boats along the popular trade routes, which are now home to colorful coral gardens and a thousand colorful fish. This makes for excellent diving, common in the South Ari Atoll, near Vilamendhoo Island Resort & Spa.

 

Maldivian Heritage - Old Friday Mosque in Male' City

 

  1. Music & Dance, the Maldivian Way

Music and Dance is an important part of the Maldivian heritage and culture, revered as a form of storytelling, celebrating occasions and pure entertainment. Bodu Beru, referring to both the traditional drum used and the cultural dance itself, involves a display of various performances, each unique to the occasion, such as the women’s Bandiya Dance, where they dance with traditional water collecting containers in rhythmic harmony and dance.

 

The Eid Celebration includes traditional parades on the streets of the islands, with giant mythical fish woven out of coconut palm leaves, called Bodumas and Maali.

 

Maldivian Heriage - Bodu Beru Culural Dance

 

Crown & Champa Resorts offers an authentic experience of the Maldives, with the Islands in their natural and unspoiled beauty, the culture and heritage proudly displayed and practiced by staff, as well as opportunities to learn more about the Maldivian way of life.

 

Visit any of our properties for a warm Bodu Beru welcome; Maldivian architecture-inspired accommodation; a taste of Maldivian Cuisine; and even traditional craft and clothing souvenirs to take home with you after your holiday.

 

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World Health Day 2018: The Road to World-Class Healthcare in the Maldives

April 6, 2018

A month after the opening of much-anticipated Tree Top Hospital in Hulhumale’, the first state-of-the-art tertiary institution in the Maldives, the hospital has already marked more milestones towards the goal of providing advanced medical services to locals, expatriates and tourists.

 

On March 15, 2018, Tree Top Hospital successfully completed the first-ever cardiac procedure in the country, led by Dr. Pietro Gaetano, Interventional Cardiologist and assisted by a skilled team of cardiac nurses.

 

‘This is an important milestone for us in establishing Cardiology as a super specialty and elevating our inpatient care as a whole. We are committed to providing the best cardiac procedures so our patients get the care they need close to home” – Dr. Roland Fasol, Director of Medical Services and Cardiothoracic Surgeon at Tree Top Hospital.

 

The world-class healthcare institution has also introduced the Tree Top Hospital Direct Transfer Service, which provides complimentary ferry and van transfer services exclusively for guests with appointments.

 

These milestones go a long way towards the Hospital’s vision to provide international healthcare standards and high quality outcomes in the Maldives.

 

About World Health Day

 

This year marks the 70th Anniversary of World Health Organization, a specialized agency of the United Nations that is concerned with international public health. In 1950, the organization declared April 7 as World Health Day – a day to draw worldwide attention to a subject of major importance in global health each year.

 

To mark World Health Day 2018, Housing Development Corporation Limited hosts a fun and informative Family Evening on Saturday, April 7, 2018, at Central Park, Hulhumale’ from 1600 to1800.

 

Visit the Tree Top Hospital to receive free guest registration, echo test, nutrition and dietary advice, and prevention information.