A New Artificial Island: Preparing for Rising Seas in the Maldives

A new artificial island near Malé could be a destination for people trying to escape rising waters on lower-lying islands. With more than 80 percent of its 1,190 coral islands standing less than 1 meter above sea level, the Maldives has the lowest terrain of any country in the world. This makes the archipelago in the Indian Ocean particularly vulnerable to sea level rise.
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Maldives Travel Restrictions: Latest Tourism Advice and Entry Requirements

The Maldives reopened its borders in July 2020 with testing requirements for visitors and enhanced health and safety protocols in place across the country's nearly 1,200 islands. Situated in the Arabian Sea in the northern Indian Ocean a few hundred miles southwest of India and Sri Lanka, the Maldives has something to offer everyone seeking a quintessential vacation after a challenging year, including relaxation, romance and plenty of adventure. But before you visit, there are some things you need to know.
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Popular Mechanics

The World’s First True Floating Island City Could Reimagine Survival

The Government of the Maldives revealed plans for the world’s first true floating island city, which will begin construction in 2022. Maldives Floating City (MFC) is made up of honeycomb-like hexagonal maze rows. As MFC floats up top, island barriers around the lagoon will act as breakers below the city.

The Maldives Plans to Offer COVID-19 Vaccines to Tourists

Dreaming of getting your coronavirus vaccine with a side of stunning beach views? Government officials of the tourism-dependent Maldives have announced plans to offer coronavirus vaccines to international visitors as an incentive to reopen travel. The South Asian nation’s tourism minister said on CNBC this week that a new Maldivian tourism campaign, dubbed ‘3V,’ for ‘Visit, Vaccinate, Vacation,’ aims to make shots available for vacationers who travel to Maldives, once all local residents have been offered a vaccine.
Boston Herald

Space junk from China’s rocket lands over Indian Ocean near Maldives

Just after midnight today, the U.S. Space Command let anyone worried about space junk falling to Earth from a Chinese rocket “can relax” — at least around here. The agency re-tweeted the alert from the Space-Track Organization and followed it up with a series of tweets saying the debris has fallen over the Indian Ocean near Maldives.

Bengaluru FC told to exit Maldives after COVID-19 protocol breach

Indian Super League (ISL) soccer team Bengaluru FC were asked to leave the Maldives on Sunday by the country's sports minister, after some players breached COVID-19 protocols ahead of their AFC Cup playoff tie with Eagles FC. Maldives Minister of Youth, Sports and Community Empowerment Ahmed Mahloof took to Twitter...

Maldives to offer holidaymakers vaccines on arrival in a push to revive tourism

Maldives is to offer visitors vaccinations on arrival as part of three-pronged initiative aimed at reviving the country's hard hit tourism sector, said its tourism minister Abdulla Mausoom. The tourism minister would not be pushed on a timeline for the visitor vaccination rollout, noting the local population would receive their...
The Points Guy

Insane deal: Le Meridien Maldives overwater villas from 24,000 Bonvoy points

This is definitely one you’re going to want to lock in right away. Marriott’s Le Méridien Maldives Resort & Spa is expected to open this August, and the property is currently available at an incredibly low rate, with five-night award stays starting at 120,000 points — that’s just 24,000 Bonvoy points per night, worth $192, based on TPG’s valuations.

Australians in IPL head for Maldives, NZ players wait to exit India

The Indian Premier League's Australian cohort is headed for the Maldives after the tournament's abrupt suspension over the coronavirus crisis in the south Asian nation, said Sourav Ganguly, the chief of the Indian cricket board. International cricketers started heading home on Wednesday after the previous day's halt of the Twenty20...