All spas in the Maldives are threatened with closure due to complaints from Islamic groups, according to numerous news reports.
The country is located in the Indian Ocean. It is made up of 1,190 coral islands, 200 of which are inhabited; of those, 90 islands are developed as tourist resorts, according to the Maldives Tourism Board. Islam is the country’s dominant religion.
In December thousands of people called for the end to “anti-Islamic” activities, which they said included massage and spas, the Associated Press (AP) reported. The nation’s Supreme Court is due to make a decision on whether or not the business violate Islam, according to the AP.