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Celebrating 2023 Ocean Conservation Highlights with The Ritz-Carlton Maldives!

Ritz Carlton Maldives Sustainability Initiatives
The Ritz-Carlton Maldives, Fari Islands has been championing environmental education since its opening in 2021. A destination that’s fast become an iconic addition to the Indian Ocean, is also home to a hub of innovation when it comes to environmental conservation.

 The resort steps lightly into 2024 celebrating its continued dedication to the conservation of our natural world.

‘Eye in the Sky’ Drone Technology

In partnership with British PhD researcher Melissa Schiele, drone technology has been developed and deployed in and around the atoll to understand the location and movement of ocean plastics. This also includes discarded fishing nets (ghost nets). With immediate impact, resort teams can locate and remove otherwise hard-to-find debris identified by drones. 

In 2023 the resort’s naturalist team and dive network removed 19 ghost nets with an estimated weight of 1100kg. These ghost nets travel into the east Indian Ocean via strong ocean winds and currents experienced in the region from mid-December. 

In 2023, the resort successfully rescued five olive ridley sea turtles found entangled in abandoned nets. Two turtles were released immediately, while three were rehabilitated by the Olive Ridley Project’s veterinary team, before a successful reintroduction to the ocean.  A rehabilitated turtle named ‘Muraka’ was released on the 16th of August 2023. The turtle was fitted with a GPS tracking device to allow guests and followers to trace her journey

Since opening, the resort has achieved 751 drone flights aiding critical research into plastic aggregation, location of ghost nets and ongoing monitoring of wildlife. Impressive data from the drone initiative was drawn for collaborative use to inform, educate and drive positive change long-term. Over 21 ocean species were observed in 2023, from the Ornate Eagle Ray, and Black Tip Reef Shark to the Melon-Headed Whale.

Jean-Michel Cousteau Ambassadors of the Environment program

The resort also continues to collaborate with world-renowned oceanographic explorers and environmentalists to provide guest experiences with the preservation of the planet at its core. In 2023 the program planted 40 coral frames as part of its coral regeneration initiative. This is done using coral frags from the Pocillapora (Cauliflower corals) and the Acropora (Table coral).  25 of these abundant nursery frames, and successful new habitats for ocean life, can be seen by guests in the shallow waters of the resort’s welcome jetty on arrival.

The resort will welcome Jean-Michel Cousteau in 2024 from the 8th to the 18th of April. This educational residency will include exclusive guest experiences and Q&As.

Community Footprints Towards

The resort’s relationships with local schools enable visits with its naturalist teams to share research and educate. In 2023 five educational excursions to local islands took place including schools in Dhiffushi and Gaafaru.  The visits took a deep dive into ocean conservation, from the environmental impact of ocean plastics to insights from the resort community’s drone research and shared observations of wildlife.  Presentations of ground-breaking research from the resort’s ‘Visiting Heroes’ programme included the work of renowned shark scientist Gibbs Kuguru and his conservation work tagging Blacktip Reef Sharks.

The resort engages in ten global environmental dates. These dates include:

  • World Shark Day
  • World Dolphin Day
  • Ocean Clean Up Day
  • Earth Day

A continuation of its Community Footprints programming, 11 beach clean-ups guests to support ocean debris collection on resort shores and the local islands of Dhiffushi and Gaafaru.  

Creating a Sustainable Environment for the Future

The resort continues to grow its commitment to sustainable practices in its day-to-day operations. Some of the conservation initiatives include:

  1. increasing its production of renewable energy via its solar power infrastructure
  2. Purification of still and sparkling drinking water at its dedicated plant
  3. Treating greywater for landscaping
  4. Robust composting programme for daily food waste.

Guests can also expect to use reusable glass water bottles, bamboo-based personal consumables, refillable jars of amenities, and bamboo and stainless-steel straws. Organic Bamford amenities, with shared sensibilities of living consciously and in harmony with nature, are replenished on-site, while the resort’s desalination plant reduces the amount of plastic imported into the country. 

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Explore a Multitude of Football Camps at Siyam World This Year!

As part of its ongoing line-up of five-star experiences, Siyam World Maldives kicked off a series of unforgettable spring football camps. The resort will be featuring star players Wayne Bridge, Adrian San Miguel Castillo, Francesco Totti, and Michael Owen.

Siyam World Maldives encouraged guests to let their football skills blossom over a series of football camps. These camps will utilise the resort’s state-of-the-art sports complex and FIFA-sized soccer pitch at The World Sports Arena. Participants enjoyed world-class coaching and immersive experiences designed to enhance their football techniques and passion for the sport.

Spanish Goal-keeper Adrian San Miguel Castillo

The action-packed schedule began with Spanish goalkeeper Adrian San Miguel Castillo. He graced the sandy shores from the 19th to the 23rd of March. Adrian is a key player for Liverpool FC and the Andalusia National team. During his time at the resort, he helped younger guests understand how to deal with pressure and develop key life skills. This also included developing a performance mindset.

Football Camp Experiences with Wayne Bridge

Next on the roster was Wayne Bridge who came to Siyam World from from 22nd to 31st March. He is a renowned English left-back, who returned to Siyam World for a second time already. With his infectious energy and wealth of experience from clubs like Chelsea and Manchester City, Wayne inspired guests to “tackle” challenges head-on and score big on and off the field.

Francesco Totti Lights up Siyam World Football Camp

Following Wayne’s lead was the legendary Francesco Totti, lighting up Siyam World for a second time as well. He visited from 28th March to 4th April. Totti is known for his flair and loyalty to AS Roma. He brought a touch of Italian passion to the Maldives, teaching participants the art of precision and creativity in football. 

Once described by Maradona as “the best player he has ever seen”, the gifted World Cup winner and legendarily loyal one-club player (AS Roma) will be on hand to help holidaymakers hone their football skills and play to their full potential.

Michael Owen Graces the Shores of Siyam World

Closing out the star-studded lineup was Michael Owen. He is the youngest-ever Ballon d’Or winner, who graced Siyam World from the 1st to the 5th of April. Michael Owen is joining as part of the recently announced partnership with Football Escapes. Michael’s lightning-fast moves and goal-scoring prowess electrified the pitch, inspiring a new generation of football stars. Throughout the action-packed week, participants savoured daily football sessions led by Owen, a team of UEFA-licensed coaches, and internet sensation Eman – popularly known as SV2 from his viral YouTube skills videos.

Dressed in their personalized Rascal training kits, young players aged from five to 15 seized the perfect opportunity to refine all aspects of their game, from tactics to technical skills. To add to the holiday experience, families enjoyed a memorable parents’ match, providing moms and dads with a chance to showcase their skills on the pitch.

Collaboration with Football Escapes – Rip Ferdinand

Later this year, and in collaboration with Football Escapes, Rio Ferdinand will also be hosting a football camp from 28 October to 1 November. He is one of the most decorated English footballers of all time. Ferdinand is famous for being one of the world’s best defenders. He will be bringing the skills he learned whilst playing for West Ham, Manchester United and Leeds United plus the England national team. 

At Siyam World, we are undoubtedly a paradise for sports enthusiasts, offering exceptional facilities for both water and land sports. My passion for football, which began in childhood collection jerseys of football legends, is embodied in our FIFTA- regulation football field. We host many football aficionados, including owners of prized jerseys and past champions who still share a deep love for the game. Siyam World is where sportsmanship thrives, providing an unparalleled destination for active trave;ers, says Ausy Waseem – Resort Manager at Siyam World.

The incredible resort has had the pleasure of hosting several other esteemed football legends. Italian champion Nicola Ventola graced the resort in January. Additionally, Bobo Vieri and Marco Materazzi also showcased their skills on the pitch. Joining them were players like Juan Sebastián Verón, Esteban Cambiasso, Roberto Pires, Eric Abidal, Carlos Puyol, and Jay Jay Okocha.

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