President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom declared that a total of 51 resorts will be completed by the end of his first term.
While speaking to the people of Madifushi, Thaa Atoll, one of the stops of his campaign trail, President Yameen pointed out that 30 resorts were inaugurated during his regime, with an additional 21 resorts to be culminated coming December.
According to President Yameen, his five-year regime holds the most number of resorts opened in any specific period. Furthermore, he revealed that the construction of the pending 21 resorts have been brought to 70 percent completion.
Adding to this, President Yameen exulted in stating that the most expensive resort to date was opened during his regime as well, referring to the USD 1 billion resort project carried out by Singha Estate of Thailand in Emboodhoo Lagoon.
He acknowledged the importance of opening new resorts in every part of the Maldives and that with this, there will be an increase in income revenue and more job opportunities for the youth across the archipelago.
Yameen also stated that the most expensive acquisition of any resort took place during his regime, referring to Velaa Private Island, Noonu Atoll.
He dismissed the criticism his government has received from the opposition, asserting that the opposition's view only exists due to a lack of logical thinking.
Confidently, President Yameen pointed out that test flights have already landed on the runway of the new airport developed in Maafaru, Noonu Atoll. According to him, the construction of the airport had been stalled for 12 years. Regardless, the current regime successfully executed the entire project in under just one year, he said.
The development of Maafaru Airport includes a transit hotel as well as a resort. With state-of-the-art services offered, the airport caters to the housing of six jets at a time. An estimated amount of USD 60 million will be spent on this project, with funds to be provided by Abu Dhabi Fund for Development of the United Arab Emirates (UAE).