Over half a century after in gained independence from Britain the paradise archipelago of Maldives celebrated its 51st Independence Day on July 26th with countrywide celebrations, lead by President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom. The official celebrations kicked off in style with a gala reception with the country’s president and first lady hosting the festivities. It was precisely 51 years of that then president Ibrahim Nasir lent his signature to a historic declaration with the British Empire stating that the Maldives would gain full independence and convert to a republic from a British protectorate. Having been one among the 20 most poverty stricken nations in the globe at the time the Maldives has bounced back to become one of the region’s most strongest economies. A popular beach and water sports hub the country is known for its signature Maldives luxury resorts the likes of PER AQUUM Huvafen Fushi Maldives and as a prime holiday destination.