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Authentic Maldives Duty-free Shop Opens Up


‘Authentic Maldives’, a new duty free shop exclusively for Maldivian crafts has opened up at Velana International Airport, Maldives.

Business Center Corporation initiated the work of the shop with the aim to promote and display authentic Maldivian products for those visiting the Maldives. 

The shop was launched by the Finance Minister, Ibrahim Ameer, and Economic Minister, Fayaz Ismail. Moosa Solih, the Acting Managing Director of Maldives Airports Company Limited (MACL) as well as the employees of the company took part in the inaugural ceremony held on 9th January 2020. 

the local products will be displayed at the shop within a set standard and guidelines, and that opportunities to showcase products will be given to other NGOs as well. 

MACL’s General Manager, Hassan Areef

Authentic Maldives shop will provide a platform for local artists to showcase their talent through arts and crafts.The opportunity to showcase products for Maldivian businesses at the duty-free was opened in August 2019. 

The shop will offer the arriving and departing passengers with an array of genuine Maldivian items for purchasing. It is a great opportunity to promote Maldivian art and craftsmanship. 

MACL also initiated an exhibition “Souvenir Safari” in association with Women Entrepreneurs Association, near the Water Front Restaurant at the airport to showcase local products. 

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Siyam World Hosts Summer Football Camp With Spanish Goalkeeper Star Player José Manuel Pepe Reina Páez

Get ready to kick it up a notch as Siyam World Maldives gears up for an epic summer football camp. This camp is hosted by none other than Spanish football sensation, José Manuel “Pepe” Reina Páez. Guests can join in on the fun from June 23rd to 26th, 2024. Building on its tradition of hosting world-class football camps and following the success of its spring series featuring international legends and star players, this event promises to be a highlight of the summer.

Pepe Reina is set to bring his A-game to Siyam World for an unforgettable football experience. The trill can be experienced at its premier sports complex and full-size soccer pitch – The World Sports Arena. The three-day summer football camp in June runs from 16:30 – 18:00 hrs. This camp also offers participants the chance to receive personalized coaching from the star goalkeeper himself. Along with a series of skill-building drills, friendly matches, and fun football-related activities, this camp is designed to inspire and excite football enthusiasts of all ages. Dressed in their personalized Rascal training kits, young players aged from five to 12 will seize the perfect opportunity to refine all aspects of their game. This includes everything from tactics to technical skills. This unique experience promises to enhance their abilities and provide memories that will last a lifetime.

José Manuel “Pepe” Reina Páez is a Spanish professional footballer renowned for his exceptional skills as a goalkeeper. He is also known for his dedication to nurturing young talent. With a career spanning La Liga and beyond, Pepe Reina brings a wealth of experience and expertise to the game.

Our goal is to inspire our young guests to dream big. Seeing a legend or a star player in person can help these youngsters realize that making their dreams a reality is possible, says Ausy Waseem – Resort Manager at Siyam World.

Legendary Line-Ups at Siyam World

But that’s not all! Siyam World is no stranger to hosting football legends and star players. Earlier this year, the resort scored big with a legendary line-up featuring Wayne Bridge, Adrian San Miguel Castillo, Francesco Totti, and Michael Owen.  These stars led unforgettable spring football camps. Guests had the chance to hone their skills on our impressive sports complex and soccer pitch at The World Sports Arena. With this, guests were able to soak up world-class coaching and immersive experiences as well. 

Furthermore, Siyam World has also had the pleasure of hosting several other football legends and star players recently. This includes players such as EstebanCuchu” Cambiasso, Carlos Puyol, Marco Materazzi, and Robert Pirès. Joining them were players like Harvey Elliott, Kostas Tsimikas, Juan Sebastián Verón, Roberto Pires, Eric Abidal, Nicola Ventola, Bobo Vieri, and Jay Jay Okocha.

Now, it’s time to keep the momentum going with “Pepe Reina” leading the charge. Don’t miss out on this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to train with one of football’s greatest. And now, you can do that at one of the most beautiful locations in the world!

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