10 Reasons to Visit Maldives in 2022
The Island Logic
by ahmed ijaz
1y ago
Looking ahead to 2022, one thing seems clear: Travel is back on the cards. With COVID restrictions easing and vaccination rates rising, many are no doubt already dreaming of the coming months, seeking to satiate two years worth of repressed wanderlust, topped with a hefty dose of emotional recovery. Just for a moment, break away from reality and imagine walking on a pristine stretch of white sand, where you can view spectacular sunrises and sunsets. Picture gradient azure waters as far as the eye can see. Think of verdant foliage enveloping breathtaking landscapes of all shapes and sizes. Indu ..read more
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Where Can Maldivians Travel to Right Now?
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by ahmed ijaz
1y ago
This year may not have brought an immediate strategy to eliminate the coronavirus pandemic, but it brought a renewed sense of confidence in the battle against COVID-19. There’s also a lot of Maldivians taking advantage of that feeling, looking ahead, and planning their next holiday. Choices for those wanting to add stamps to their passport have steadily risen since the world was first put on hold last year — albeit often with more paperwork, smartphone apps, testing, and advance planning required. It has also become mandatory for Maldivians to present results of a negative PCR test taken 96 ho ..read more
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10 Reasons to Visit Maldives in 2021
The Island Logic
by ahmed ijaz
2y ago
Ringing in the 2020 New Year, you probably made huge travel plans for the year ahead! Perhaps you were counting down the days until you’d fly and flop onto a sunbed, or finally get to tick spotting the glow-in-the-dark beaches of Maldives off your bucket list? Yet, in late January a global pandemic came along and subsequently crushed all your grand travel hopes for this year. So, we’re looking at 2021 instead, and it’s still Maldives for us here at the Sunny side. From the infinite shades of blue and green, to the patches of white sands and dark corals, to the unobstructed views of the glimmer ..read more
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Sinking Capital
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by ahmed ijaz
3y ago
Indonesia’s massive capital is suffering from waves of man-made problems that are posing imminent threats to its survival. Not forgetting the dire impacts of climate change it has to deal with along the way! This sprawling, busy capital is home to ten million people — thirty million including the suburbs. That’s about 14,469 people per square kilometer and is predicted to topple Tokyo by becoming the most populous city in the world by 2030. Jakarta was named the world city with the worst traffic in a 2015 index based on satellite navigation data. It found that the average driver starts and sto ..read more
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10 Reasons to Visit Maldives in 2020
The Island Logic
by ahmed ijaz
3y ago
While 2020 is fast approaching, and you need to convince yourself it’s time to plan your bucket list for the year ahead, deciding where exactly to go can be more difficult than it sounds. But, here at the sunny side, there’s always one option we’d choose. And yes, though we may be biased, it is for many good reasons. Bone-white beaches, luminous blue waters and other-worldly luxury are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the reasoning behind holidays to the Maldives. Still need convincing? Here are ten reasons to visit Maldives in 2020. Skim over coral formations and navigate throug ..read more
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Maldives’ Most Captivating Tree Top Experiences
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by ahmed ijaz
3y ago
As kids, many of us had or dreamt of having a tree house – a fairytale-like hideout where we could establish a clandestine clubhouse to play games, scale giant trees or sleep among the canopy. For those seeking to reminisce their childhood dreams, today’s architects and designers are looking further afield from traditional wooden cabin tree house concepts to elevated sanctuaries with multiple floors or even glass and mirror elements. To help fuel your wanderlust, here’s some of the most breathtaking tree trop experiences in the Maldives – in no particular order. Nest by Niyama Maldives Dine ..read more
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Manila Terror
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by ahmed ijaz
3y ago
Ever since Rodrigo Duterte took office in July 2016, the Philippines have been subjected to media scrutiny. Duterte’s anti-drug campaign lead by police has claimed 6,847 lives as of the end of July 2019, and some 20,000 deaths remain under investigation. The victims, mostly the poor from urban slum areas have been murdered in cold blood, sometimes at the premises of their own homes – the perpetrators are vigilantes, local hitmen and likely police too. I had the pleasure of interviewing freelance photojournalist Raffy Lerma, the man behind the camera lens capturing some of the powerful images ..read more
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China Gone Vegas
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by ahmed ijaz
3y ago
There’s more to this old-time Portuguese colony than meets the eye. Though it is Asia’s gambling capital — one has to look beyond the blinding neon of the next new giant casino-hotel opening, and there’s a lesser known and quickly developing side of a city that promises a subtler slice of life. Macau is full of contradictions — faux old and brand new! A Portugese colony until 1999, Macau is located on China’s southern coast about 40 miles from Hong Kong. Both are Special Administrative Regions (SAR) of China, a designation that grants them distinct policies and trade independence from the rest ..read more
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Maldives’ Most Stunning Underwater Dining Experiences 
The Island Logic
by ahmed ijaz
3y ago
Most dining options that span the spectrum across the Maldives offer backdrops by the blissful island shores or are set on stilts above the Indian Ocean. These are incredible, of course, but if you’re on the lookout for something even more exhilarating, then you might want to seek a dining experience underwater with an out of this world view. Having a luxury meal while surrounded by floor-to-ceiling glass windows can seem slightly terrifying – but you also get to appreciate the beauty of marine life in its natural habitat and, more importantly, the Instagrammability alone will make it worth yo ..read more
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10 Popular Maldivian Myths and Legends ​
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by ahmed ijaz
3y ago
Maldives is renowned as a misty, magical country steeped in myth, mystery and legend, with a storied history of ancient kingdoms, terrifying ghosts and national icons. It often evoke as though every island in the archipelago is associated with a haunting, or tale of woe! Here are 10 popular Maldivian tales which have survived through the ages. Their existence may be unseen to many, but to you, all will be revealed… Maldivian legend has it that many centuries ago, “Handi Gandivaru Dhonkamana” (rough translation ‘Fair Lady of the Ghost Palace’) a subspecies of homosapien – possessing superhuman ..read more
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