Island Lounge, on Sunday, hosted a preopening 'DJ Party' in The Marina at Crossroads Maldives.
Island Lounge is a brand by Ocean City Cigars (OCC) and provides an array of services including a bar, sheesha lounge, tobacco and entertainment events at a singular location which consists of both indoor and outdoor areas.
Just as Maldivian disk-jockey Eyeone was recruited to spin records at the preopening party, post-opening entertainment events scheduled at the Island Lounge will also include performances by DJs as well as live music.
Chairman of OCC and Island Lounge Mohamed Mumtaz stated that while the Island Lounge was exclusively targeted for skilled expatriates and tourists looking for an escape, it would also serve as an ideal stop for island hoppers visiting the central region for a tour of the capital.
Mumtaz revealed that future plans centred on increasing traffic and upgrading entertainment quality by introducing performing arts. He emphasized that Island Lounge would aim to provide a platform for local artists.
"The idea is to provide additional opportunities for young people and engage them in the business sector. Developing shared businesses and handing them over to other individuals and companies will lead to greater empowerment", he opined.
Overall, the OCC chairman revealed that Island Lounge held long-term aspirations of developing further as a brand by establishing similar outlets in resorts as well as other countries.