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No permission for any foreign photographer in Maldives – MED

Posted in information, News, Photography, tourism, Travel by Mohamed Abdulla Shafeeg on August 25, 2016

Foreign PhotographerMinistry of Economic Development (MED) has said that there was no special permission for any foreign photographer to operate in Maldives, warning that it will be put a stop to.

Speaking to “Sun” on Wednesday, Registrar of Companies, Mariyam Wisam said that the photography industry was specialized only for locals, but that some foreign photographers were still working in the country.

“Some big resorts are speaking in a way which is creating misunderstandings. They insist they have special permission. There is no special permission. We want to say clearly that no special permission has been given to any business or any party involved in tourism for any foreign photographer to make any agreement with a photography agency,” said Wisam.

Wisam said that complaints regarding foreign photographers sent to Ministry of Economic Affairs were being looked into in association with Ministry of Tourism and Immigration.

She noted that banning foreign photographers from working in Maldives was directly beneficial to the Maldivian youth.

Foreign photographers have earned MVR 11 million within the first six months of this year alone, despite the ban.

Source: Sun Online

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How your world would look if you were a bird

Posted in Daily Life, Photography by Mohamed Abdulla Shafeeg on May 25, 2016

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Awesome 25 images of 25 places, including a photo of Male’ the capital city of Maldives. The photo is by me.

Source: http://www.earthporm.com/aerial-birds-eye-view-world

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Earth Day 2016 — Trees for the Earth

Posted in Nature by Mohamed Abdulla Shafeeg on April 22, 2016

Earthday earthdaytreeHappy Earth day, let’s get planting.

Over the next five years, as Earth Day moves closer to its 50th anniversary, we’re calling on you to help us achieve one of our most ambitious goals yet —we’re planting 7.8 billion trees and we’re starting now.

Trees will be the first of five major goals we are undertaking in honor of the five-year countdown to our 50th anniversary. On their own and together, these initiatives will make a significant and measurable impact on the Earth and will serve as the foundation of a cleaner, healthier and more sustainable planet for all.

Why Trees?

Trees help combat climate change.
They absorb excess and harmful CO2 from our atmosphere. In fact, in a single year, an acre of mature trees absorbs the same amount of CO2 produced by driving the average car 26,000 miles.

Trees help us breathe clean air.
Trees absorb odors and pollutant gases (nitrogen oxides, ammonia, sulfur dioxide and ozone) and filter particulates out of the air by trapping them on their leaves and bark.

Trees help communities.
Trees help communities achieve long-term economic and environmental sustainability and provide food, energy and income.

Source: earthday.org

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Life is a journey

Posted in Uncategorized by Mohamed Abdulla Shafeeg on February 1, 2016

life is journeyLife is a journey filled with lessons, hardships, heartaches, joys, celebrations and special moments that will ultimately lead us to our destination, our purpose in life. The road will not always be smooth; in fact, throughout our travels, we will encounter many challenges.

Full article here

Immigration asks employers to terminate contracts of foreign photographers

Posted in information, News by Mohamed Abdulla Shafeeg on May 26, 2015

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Maldives Immigration Department has asked the resident employers to the foreign photographers to terminate their contracts by the 7th of next month (June 2015).
A statement from the department claims that it has asked the employers to terminate these contracts and request to have their Employment Approval cancelled.

Source: Haveeru Online

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Taking a nap at work

Posted in Daily Life, People, Photojournalism by Mohamed Abdulla Shafeeg on May 4, 2015

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sleep2A rare scene from Male’.
Location: Buruzu Magu

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Life is full of questions…

Posted in Uncategorized by Mohamed Abdulla Shafeeg on April 18, 2015

walkWhen happiness comes and kisses your feet…
Everything around you becomes so colorful and beautiful.
You just forget the reasons of life and fly high above with your happiness.
You are unaware that it’s just a moment of life that you are counting!
So sadness comes and makes your soul cry your eyes out…
Everything around you seems a blur and you are lonely by yourself.
Then you say, why me? Why me?
And here goes… no answer!
Of cores life holds no answer for all the questions you ask…
Cause life is full of questions!

Government shuts off foreign photographers

Posted in News, tourism by Mohamed Abdulla Shafeeg on January 27, 2015

MAS_0818eThe government has on Monday shut the Maldivian market off to foreign photographers.
Economic Minister Mohamed Saeed told Haveeru that foreign photographers had previously been given permits to work in the Maldives. Saeed, however, added that the Ministry has decided to stop issuing such permits.

“What we want is to empower the Maldivian youth and to make establish photography as an industry in the country” the Minister said “Resorts operating in the Maldives will have to hire local photographers”.

A local photographer’s association had recently voiced their concern over foreign photographers working for local businesses and effectively ‘monopolizing’ the industry.

Source: Haveeru Online

Where there is love there is life

Posted in Photography by Mohamed Abdulla Shafeeg on January 17, 2015

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