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COVID-19 Vaccination to Start for Maldives’ Tourism Industry Employees from 4th February 2021

Maldives’ Minister of Tourism announced COVID-19 vaccination will start from 4th February 2021 for employees in the tourism sector.
Maldives’ Minister of Tourism announced COVID-19 vaccination will start from 4th February 2021 for employees in the tourism sector.

Maldives’ Minister of Tourism, Dr. Abdulla Mausoom announced COVID-19 vaccination will start from 4th February 2021 for employees in the tourism sector. Minister Mausoom tweeted thanking president of the Maldives, Ibrahim Mohamed Solih for speeding up the vaccination.

Minister Mausoom said with this initiative, the Maldives will ‘top the leaderboard of the world’s safest destinations’. The island nation is already regarded as one of the safest holiday destinations thanks to the natural isolation of resorts.

Ministry of Tourism announced that the ministry has started collecting information on frontline employees in the tourism sector. Moreover, in the batch starting on 4th February, 10,000 employees will receive the vaccine.

On 1st February 2021, Maldives started its COVID-19 vaccination drive with AstraZeneca’s COVISHIELD vaccine. Furthermore, the country is first prioritizing the frontline workers for the vaccine. Maldives received 100,000 doses of COVISHIELD vaccine as a donation from India.

COVISHIELD vaccine is manufactured by the Serum Institute of India based on the research of Oxford University/AstraZeneca. Additionally, an earlier announcement by the Health Protection Agency of the Maldives revealed that the government signed an agreement with AstraZeneca to purchase 700,000 doses of the vaccine.

Also read: 15 Exciting Maldives Resort Openings in 2021

Researches show the COVIDSHIELD as highly effective and safe to use vaccine. Meanwhile, data suggests the vaccine is 70-90% effective. Maldives Food and Drug Authority (MFDA) approved the vaccine for emergency use on 26th January 2021.

Currently, 7 hospitals in the Maldives (Indira Gandhi Memorial Hospital (IGMH), Hulhumale’ Hospital, Villimale’ Hospital, ADK Hospital, Tree Top Hospital, Kulhudhuffushi Regional Hospital, and Addu Equatorial Hospital) are rolling out the vaccine.

Named the ‘World’s Leading Destination’ by World Travel Awards in 2020, Maldives is currently one of the most trending safe holiday destinations. Furthermore, according to the latest figures, only 0.08% of tourists that visited the Maldives were positive for COVID-19.

Resorts in the Maldives have also taken rigorous safety and hygiene measures for the safety of holidaymakers. After the Maldives reopened its border 2020, 172,552 tourists spent their holiday in the tropical holiday destination. Likewise, this January 2021, Maldives recorded 92,103 tourist arrivals.

Feature image by The President’s Office
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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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