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Emirates Conducts On-Site COVID-19 Tests for Passengers

Emirates aircraft at Dubai international airport.
Emirates airline has started conducting on-site rapid COVID-19 tests for passengers. Airline tested pax flying from dubai to tunisia.

Emirates airline has started conducting on-site rapid COVID-19 tests for passengers on 15th April 2020. The airline tested all passengers before departing from Dubai to Tunisia as an extra precautionary measure.

The Dubai Health Authority (DHA) carried out the quick blood tests. Done for the passengers at the Group Check-in area of Dubai International Airport Terminal 03. Emirates has been working closely with DHA to introduce additional precautionary measures to ensure safe travelling.

The testing process has gone smoothly and we would like to take this opportunity to thank the Dubai Health Authority for their initiatives and innovative solutions. This would have not been possible without the support of Dubai Airport and other government authorities. We are working on plans to scale up testing capabilities in the future and extend it to other flights, this will enable us to conduct on-site tests and provide immediate confirmation for Emirates passengers travelling to countries that require COVID-19 test certificates. The health and safety of staff and passengers at the airport remain of paramount importance.”

Adel Al Redha, Chief Operating Officer of Emirates

Since the initial outbreak, Emirates has been implementing extra safety measures while heeding to the advice from relevant authorities. The airline had also installed protective barriers at check-in desks to ensure the safety of passengers and employees. With it passengers are required to wear masks when at the airport and during the flight. And adhere to the social distancing norm.

We are glad to work with Emirates on the successful implementation of rapid COVID-19 testing at the airport for departing travellers. To tackle COVID-19, we have been proactively working with various governmental organisations and the private health sector and we have implemented all necessary measures from public health protection to provision of high-quality health services in line with the latest international guidelines. We believe strongly that the most effective solutions require close partnerships with other public and private sector organisations.”

Humaid Al Qutami, Director General of DHA

Emirates airline modified its services as seen required. By making gloves, masks and hand sanitizers mandatory for all employees at the airport. Furthermore, magazines and other printed reading materials will not be available in-flight. Food and beverages will be offered while packaging and presentation will be changed to reduce contact during meal services. Cabin bags are not currently accepted, limiting the carry-on items to laptop, handbag, briefcase or baby items. Rest of the items have to be checked in. Emirates will be adding the cabin baggage allowance to customers’ check-in baggage allowance. The airline carries out thorough cleaning and disinfection of aircraft in Dubai post each journey.

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Guinness World Record Holder Nathaniel Alapide Creates Stunning Sand Art Drawing at Sun Siyam Iru Fushi

Dubai-based and renowned sand artist Nathaniel Alapide astounded guests with his latest masterpiece created at the breathtaking Sun Siyam Iru Fushi. Alapide holds the Guinness World Record for creating the largest sand image. Additionally, he also earns recognition for crafting intricate and mesmerizing sand art creations. This time, Alapide has chosen the pristine shores of Sun Siyam Iru Fushi. His latest collaboration took place at the resort on the 12th of April in celebration of Eid Al Fitr. 

Nathaniel Alapide and His Work

Prior to his visit, Alapide has brought to life an awe-inspiring piece of art. The piece showcased his exceptional talent and creativity to various Sun Siyam Resorts. This was done in celebration of Easter as well, with the expansive beach of the resort serving as his canvas.

Alapide meticulously crafted his sand art, incorporating elements of local culture, marine life, and the serene ambiance of the island. Utilizing only his hands and simple tools, Alapide’s deft touch transformed the grains of sand into a breathtaking visual spectacle.

Working at Sun Siyam Iru Fushi has been an incredible experience. The natural beauty of The Maldives served as the perfect inspiration for my artwork. I am honoured to have had the opportunity to share my passion with guests from around the world, says Nathaniel Alapide.

Alapide’s creation at Sun Siyam Iru Fushi transcended the boundaries of traditional art forms. His artwork embodied the ephemeral beauty and harmony of nature. The intricate details and sheer scale of the sand art left onlookers in awe. Alpadine’s artwork truly captured the essence of the Maldives’ enchanting allure.

We are thrilled to have had Nathaniel Alapide create one of his magnificent sand art pieces at our resort. His ability to capture the essence of the Maldives in his artwork is truly remarkable and aligns perfectly with our commitment to providing unforgettable experiences for our guests says Abdulla Atham – Resort Manager.
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