Maldives is an archipelago of 26 atolls located southwest of Sri Lanka. The islands are in the center of the ancient maritime trade route where east meets the west. Maldives was known by many sobriquets. Ancient seafarers called Maldives ‘the flowers of the indies’, ‘Pearl necklace of the Indian Ocean’, ‘the cowry isles’ by Arab merchants and ‘the sunny side of life’ by present day tourists.
Maldivians share a homogeneous culture, language and religion. The origins of the people are believed to be of Dravidian descendants, now mixed with other ethnicities that passed through during the ancient maritime. Maldivians are also known as Dhivehin in local Dhivehi language, their friendliness and hospitality are exemplified by the distinct culture of songs and dance.
The pristine islands are a magnet for honeymooners who seek the castaway Robinson Crusoe experience, with modern luxury at their fingertips. The rich warm waters beckon avid divers to explore the colorful coral forests and swim with its vibrant marine life. Maldives is every surfer’s dream of experiencing the endless days of summer by surfing world class reef breaks throughout the year. Be it for business or pleasure, there is something for everyone in the marvelous Maldives.
Maldives ranks as the third most endangered nation due to climate change. The nation is the most serious forerunners of eco-tourism, in practice and in getting the message across by example. There are 26 protected areas including bio reserves. Protected marine species include corals, turtles, whale sharks and marine birds. Shark fishing is banned as it is one of the most important link for a healthy marine ecosystem. Maldives plans to offset all its carbon emissions by 2020.
Dubai has burst on to the global scene as perhaps one of the most happening cities in the world with its ambitious projects and unique events. And, much of the credit of promoting Dubai as a tourism and commerce hub can be attributed to Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing.
The Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) was established in January 1997, replacing the Dubai Commerce and Tourism Promotion Board (DCTPB) that was itself set up in 1989. DTCM’s broad objectives are to increase the awareness of Dubai to global audiences and to attract tourists and inward investment into the emirate. It is empowered with the responsibility of organising the marketing of tourism and commerce for Dubai.
Zanzibar is an archipelago consisting of two main Islands of Unguja (commonly referred to as Zanzibar Island), Pemba and about 51 other surrounding small islets. Zanzibar is a partner state in the United Republic of Tanzania with the Mainland. The name Zanzibar is derived from a combination of two Arabic words, 'Zenj', meaning black, and 'bar', being the Arabic word for land, resulting in the ancient title 'Land of the Blacks'. As Zanzibar absorbed peoples from as far as the Orient and Iberia, Assyria and India. Pemba is the second largest island of the Archipelago, named Al-khudra "The Green Island” by the Arabic mariners. It is famous for its clove production and its channels offer some of the best diving experiences in East Africa.
Mauritius, a sparkling crystal in the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean, will fascinate you. The contrast of colours, cultures and tastes makes the island so charming that the scene is set for an unforgettable holiday. Here, you have the opportunity to experience unparalleled luxury: a level of refinement that is head and shoulders above that on offer in other tropical holiday destinations. Here, you will discover the true meaning of ‘beauty’ – a realisation that will compel you to return to Mauritius’ shores time and again. Mauritius was named after Dutch Prince Maurice Van Nassau...
Sri Lanka (Ceylon), is a small tear drop shaped island in the Indian ocean of 65,000 square kilometers. Despite being so small the country has a wide range of geographic features and is rich in natural beauty. Large parts of Sri Lanka is covered in tropical forests, with hundreds of rivers flowing through them, often cascading in awesome waterfalls.
The Republic of Seychelles comprises 115 islands occupying a land area of 455 km² and an Exclusive Economic Zone of 1.4 million km² in the western Indian Ocean. It represents an archipelago of legendary beauty that extends from between 4 and 10 degrees south of the equator and which lies between 480km and 1,600km from the east coast of Africa. Of these 115 islands, 41 constitute the oldest mid-oceanic granite islands on earth while a further 74 form the low-lying coral atolls and reef islands of the Outer Islands.