The foundation for the first Tourist Visitor Centre was laid in Angolhitheemu, Raa Atoll, on Monday.
The foundation stone was laid by Shehenaz Abdul Raheem and Aishath Rashma, the widow and daughter respectively of Abdulla Rasheed, a resident of Angolhitheemu who passed away in jail after he was arrested over the 2015 May Day protest.
Minister of Tourism Ali Waheed, Minister of Arts, Culture and Heritage Yumna Maumoon, and Managing Director of Maldives Integrated Tourism Development Corporation (MITDC) Mohamed Raid also took part in the ceremony.
The centre built jointly by the Tourism Ministry and Heritage Ministry will feature two galleries and a cafe'. MITDC was awarded the project to develop the centre.
According to MITDC's Managing Director Mohamed Raid, one gallery will depict the democratic journey of Maldives while the second will show the history of Angolhitheemu.
Speaking at the gathering, Heritage Minister Yumna stated that there are plans to develop more such centres across the country.
The centre is set to be completed and opened by next year.