To complement the rise in the number of Saudi Arabian tourists to the Maldives, the Islamic nation is set to open a Sharia compliant resort, it has been reported. Due to open its doors in 2013, the hotel, a first of its kind in the country will be a first for the nation.
The hotel, run by Lootah Hotel Management (LHM) will open its doors to the increasing number of Islamic holidaymakers in two years time.
LHM has already signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Maldives based investment company, Kalaidhu Investment, who will form a partnership to assist in the running of the resort.
One of LHM’s board of directors and CEO of Lootah Hotel Management Nasser Lootah, expressed his delight at the plans to open the nation’s first Sharia resort.
“We are happy to be partnering with Kalaidhu Investment for our upcoming resort project. The decision comes as part of the Group’s strategy to expand its footprint and customer base towards prestigious tourism destinations around the world,” he said.
He added that the market for Islamic tours is gaining incredible momentum, with those who prefer quality services provided in a religious empathetic environment can share traditional family values.
Managing director of Kalaidhu Investment, Abdulla Saaed, said that the company was pleased to partner with one of the pioneers of Islamic hospitality in the UAE, adding that it provided a great opportunity to work towards creating a universally recognized hotel that met ‘Halal’ requirements.
The project is due to be opened in 2013 and cost a total of $85 million. The resort is expected to feature 50 luxury villas with a private swimming pool and a private beach. All the facilities will be operated to ensure the privacy and welfare of families.