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6,277 Tourist Arrivals to the Maldives Recorded Since Border Reopening

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6,277 tourist arrivals to the Maldives has been recorded following the border reopening.

6,277 tourist arrivals to the Maldives has been recorded following the border reopening on 15th July 2020. Spokesperson of the Health Emergency Operation Centre (HEOC), Dr. Nazla Rafeeq revealed that 6,277 tourist arrivals to the Maldives have been recorded since the Border reopening.

According to Dr. Nazla, 342 of these arrivals were recorded on 8 August 2020. Likewise, 360 individuals departed the Maldives on 8 August as well. In addition to that, 4,877 individuals have departed the Maldives since 15th July 2020.

The Maldives aims to reach an ambitious goal of 850,000 tourist arrivals by the end of this year. On 15th July 2020, Maldives opened its borders to international visitors, 110 days after closing the borders as a precautionary measure against the spread of COVID-19.

COVID-19 facilities with testing, isolation, and hospitalization capabilities have been established in six regions across the Maldives. Response measures, guidelines, and protocols have been prepared and put in place, on par with international standards and requirements.

The government made the decision to reopen the borders, fully confident in the safety measures and preparations in place. Tourism is the backbone of the Maldives’ economy and accounts for a majority share of employment for the Maldivian labor force. The industry’s roots have spread to the very heart of the island homes of the Maldives. Tourism also contributes to over a quarter of the country’s GDP and is the source of over two-thirds of the country’s foreign currency income.

COVID-19 has had an immense impact on the socio-economic lives of Maldivians and all those associated with its tourism industry. Any sudden changes to the Maldives’ risk level have a significant impact on the industry’s ability to attract visitors and therefore, the rest of the economy. The COVID-19 tourism regulations and the geographical dispersal of cases in the country, in addition to the naturally isolated environments provided by islands, make the Maldives an ideal COVID-19 safe holiday destination.

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Earth Week at Oaga Art Resort: Connect with the Beauty of Nature

Oaga Art Resort is getting ready to celebrate Earth Week with Nature's Embrace!

Oaga Art Resort is dedicating a week to connecting with the beauty and wonder of the planet! In celebration of Earth Week, the resort is curating a programme with meaningful experiences and deep appreciation for the Earth from March 21st to 27th, 2024.

Earth Week Specials at Oaga Art Resort

On March 21st, the resort will celebrate Poetry Day to unwind with Earth-inspired creativity. Start your day with a poetic breakfast, followed by a lunchtime fusion of traditional Maldivian Boduberu beats and poetry called ‘Farihi’. As the sun goes down, guests are invited to enjoy poetry reading and a captivating performance by local duo ‘Something Lovely’.

On March 22nd, guests can enjoy a Boduberu jam session at lunch. As the nighttime falls, witness the artistry of a sand artist as they create their magic on the Raa Baa deck.

On March 23rd, Connect with Nature in a mindful way. As part of the Earth Hour, a candlelit Earth meditation and Sound healing session will be hosted. Guests can also savour a delicious Earth-conscious buffet and enjoy unplugged music around a bonfire! Additionally, a special coral planting cocktail will take place at sunset. At this event, guests can also help plant 60+ coral frames in Oaga’s reef nursery. The project is carried out in partnership with Coralive, aiming to completely resort to the house reef by 2028.

Celebrate Holi with an Eco Twist on March 25th. Create stunning sand mandalas and participate in the traditional Full Moon ritual. Oaga Art Resort will also be hosting a glow-in-the-dark Holi Full moon party with minimal lighting!

Reflect and reminisce under the stars on March 26th. Cuddle up for a captivating movie night! The Grand Finale, with World Theatre Day will be hosted on March 27th. The resort will be hosting a puppet show in addition to live performances by the Sky Rock band. End the night with a special Earth-themed solo performance at the Kaa Kada dinner in celebration of World Theatre Day.

Earth Week and so Much More!

Guests are welcome to enjoy these activities and so much more at Oaga. The resort is all about fun, creative and new experiences. The Earth Week celebrations are weaved into the activities throughout Oaga Art Resort during this period. Oaga Art Resort is the perfect spot for an all-inclusive getaway. The Greatest All-inclusive plan redefines your resort experience!

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