Maldives to allow resorts to resume spa operations

Jan 04, 2012 - 05:17 2 comments
  • A photo taken on December 28, 2011 shows the "Araamu" spa in Paradise Island Resort and Spa. Maldives is to lift its recent ban on spas in the resorts. HAVEERU PHOTO/ NASRULLA SOLIH

The government is to allow resorts in the Maldives to resume spa operations, President Mohamed Nasheed announced this afternoon.

The President made the announcement during a press conference held at Kurumba Maldives resort.

The government ordered all the resorts in Maldives to shut down their spas following the five demands put forward at the protest organised by religious organisations and opposition parties on December 23.

The demands include removing the SAARC monuments in Addu, condemning UN human rights chief Navi Pillay's comments about Islamic Sharia, not allowing Israeli airlines to operate flights, closing down the brothels in Male and a reversed decision on declaring areas of inhabited islands uninhabited in order to permit alcohol sales.

In a separate announcement made following the demands, the government also revealed its plan to completely ban alcohol and pork in the Maldives.

The state, meanwhile, asked the Supreme Court to issue a ruling on operating spas and selling alcohol and pork in resorts. However, it cannot be confirmed whether the court has registered the case or not.

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