Saudi Arabia’s growing role in the Maldives: BBC

“Foreign holidaymakers in the Maldives, one of the world’s most popular luxury honeymoon destination, were not happy earlier this year when their hotel bookings were cancelled at short notice,” writes Charles Haviland for the BBC.

“The reason was that Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud, had booked out three whole islands for nearly a month.

It is just one example of the growing role of Saudi investment in the archipelago, a factor which may make the Maldives’ government unwilling to ruffle the feathers of Saudi Arabia’s rulers.

“The well-being of our guests is always our primary concern,” a spokeswoman for the Anantara resorts told the British newspaper, the Daily Mail, which reported that some tourists were angry at being moved to make way for the Saudi prince.

Prince Salman, who is also Saudi Arabia’s defence minister, was on an official business visit at the invitation of Maldives President Abdulla Yameen, who was elected in November after two years of political turmoil.”

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3 thoughts on “Saudi Arabia’s growing role in the Maldives: BBC”

  1. Mordis donates a third of what we get to the Saudis as part of the hajj and umra tourism.

    It may not be even a farts worth to Saudis, but Mordisians want to get to heaven at very expense they can spare.

  2. Get rid of the Saudis, and we get rid of the suffering muslims worldwide face. No more suffering in Syria, independence for Palestine, dignity to Kashmir, peace in Somalia. These are the root cause of global suffering, and the reason why the world is addicted to harmful fossil fuels.

  3. I dont understand why Minivan need to politicize this ?

    Maldives resorts does not do any favor to Saudi and it is open for everyone.

    Anyone who pays money they can take the whole Island and it makes no difference whether a person is British or Saudi.

    in 2008, one billionaire from UK had buyout Four Season resort on exclusive basis ? But that does not mean that British is going to take over Maldives or going to invade the country right ?

    There are number of other clients who had done similar bookings in the past and those things we never talk about and we never want to talk about.

    Since all these are personal affairs and why Minivan tries to make now this as political.

    No matter what Minivan and Nasheed associates tries to defame this country, you will never be succeeded .


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