MP reveals plans to build 600-room resort

Ruling coalition MP and tourism tycoon Ahmed Siyam has announced plans to build a 600-room resort on the island of Dhigurah in northern Noonu Atoll.

“On completion, the resort will be the largest tourism offering in the Maldives, creating more than 2,500 jobs for the local Maldivian community,” the MP’s company, Sun Siyam, said.

The resort on Dhigurah will have 14 different room categories, 15 food and beverage outlets as well as an underwater restaurant.

Siyam is also to open a second resort in Sri Lanka’s Kalpitiya.

“The Maldives has a form of home-grown service culture and industry know-how that is currently not being fully utilised to its full potential domestically, and certainly not on the international stage. Just like the well-known Swiss, Indian and Thai forms of hospitality, Maldivian hospitality can create desire and demand in any region,” he said.

Siyam also sits on the board of the Maldives Association of Tourism Industry.


Sun Hotels purchases two islands for resort development

MP Ahmed Shiyam’s Sun Hotels and Resorts have purchased two islands in northern Noonu Atoll for resort development, according to local media reports.

The company purchased Noonu Atoll Dhigurah Island from its previous owner Wego Maldives for an unspecified amount two months ago, Haveeru has said.

The second island, Noonu Atoll Minaavaru Island, was leased for agricultural development to a company called Impact Fisheries Maldives in 2010. Sun Hotels and Resorts has asked the Fisheries Ministry permission to transfer ownership of the island and said it intends to develop eco-agro tourism on the island.