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Finolhu Baa Atoll Brings Home 15 Awards From Hotel Asia Exhibition & International Culinary Challenge 2024!

Seaside Finolhu Baa Atoll Maldives shone brightly at the 2024 Hotel Asia Exhibition & International Culinary Challenge. The team brought home 15 awards, affirming the resort’s excellence and commitment to curating exceptional gastronomic experiences.

Over the three days of culinary action, the Seaside Finolhu Chefs battled amongst some of the best chefs in the Maldives over different categories at Maldives National University. The event celebrated the pinnacle of Maldivian and international hospitality. Captivating exhibits of final dishes were showcased at Dharubaaruge, Male’.

Seaside Finolhu Maldives took part in 13 categories. The team has proudly brought home 14 medals at this year’s events. With the guidance of the older chefs and the culinary team, the aspiring chefs displayed exemplary skills. Additionally, their passion towards forging flavourful cuisines assures endless possibilities for the guests’ gastronomical experiences across all dining outlets.

Competing Chefs and Their Awards:

  • Vishwa Malshan – Won the Top Fold medal in the Young Chef category. Additionally, won the Bronze medal in the Creative Salad category.
  • Kawsar Miah – Won the Top medal in the Bread & Pasty Display category.
  • Chamindu Laksitha – Won the Silver Medal in the Hot Cooking Beef category. Also won a Bronze medal in the Hot Cooking Poultry category.
  • Megahnath Ram Kumar – Won three Silver medals in the Vegetarian Dish, Hot Cooking – Lobster and Hot Cooking – Lamb Categories.
  • Nikitha – Won the Silver medal in the Creative Beverage Category.
  • Edi Wayan Arista – Silver medal in the Creative Beverage category.
  • Sandeep Badari – Won two Bronze medals in the Hot Cooking – Fish Fillet and Hot Cooking – Lobster category.
  • Pentameedi Jagadeesh – Won the silver medal in the Team Challenge Category.
  • Thilina Fonseka – Won the Silver medal in the Creative Salad Category and a Merit Award in the Team Challenge category.

The awardees were welcomed by Seaside Finolhu Maldives with a grand homecoming organised by the management and fellow islands. This was a proud moment for the winning team in assuring Seaside Finolhu’s place in the culinary scene. Moreover, this is also a step towards further enhancing the gourmet dining experiences at the resort for the guests in the years to come.

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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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