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Situation Maldives: Maldives Gears Up To Combat Covid-19


As a country renowned for tourism, the coronavirus outbreak directly affects the economy of Maldives. The island nation has been keeping a close eye on the situation across the world and taking all the necessary precautionary measures to combat an outbreak.

The first cases of coronavirus in the Maldives were reported on 7th March 2020 from Kuredu Island Resort. As of today, there are 10 confirmed cases in Maldives, including the two cases from Sandies Bathala resort, two cases from Kuramathi Island Resort & Spa, and one from Anantara Dhigu Resort. Currently, there are 18 individuals in quarantine facilities, 09 in isolation and 02 in the hospital.

We have been taking appropriate measures and preparations against the virus prior to it being diagnosed in the Maldives. Government is using the available resources while following WHO protocols regarding the crisis. To overcome this situation, we need everyone’s help and we advice people to avoid public gatherings. We appreciate the efforts of everyone who has been working tirelessly day and night to stop the virus from spreading in the Maldives.”

Ibrahim Solih, President of Maldives
Photo: Cabinet discussions with president Ibrahim Solih

From the initial flare-up of the virus, the Maldivian government has been quick in following the protocols. As of now, passengers travelling to Maldives from China, Iran, South Korea, Italy as well as Bangladesh has been banned until further notice. Moreover, entry of passengers from all provinces and regions of Spain, passengers from Bavaria, North Rhine-Westphalia and Baden-Wuttemberg in Germany, as well as from Ile-de-France and Grand Est in France has been restricted too. Reference: Civil Aviation Authority website.

While the country has effective medical emergency from 12th March 2020, Health Protection Agency (HPA) has also imposed a temporary ban on tourists checking into guesthouses and hotels for a period of 14 days within the greater Male’ area. The ban will be effective from 00:00 hours of 15th March 2020. Guests who are already checked into hotels and guesthouses in the area can stay until their checkout date. Reference: Health Protection Agency.

Airports have been taking all the necessary steps to ensure public health, by conducting thermal imaging and hand held temperature checks, thorough disinfection and cleaning up throughout the day.

Airlines in Maldives have stepped up to help create the best protective environment for their passengers, by providing hand sanitizer to all passengers and routine sanitization and disinfectants of aircrafts. Moreover, flight attendants are provided with safety masks and gloves, and the check-in staffs are instructed and trained to deal with any situation with regards to the virus.

Photo: Video by Trans Maldivian Airways

Resorts have been monitoring the in-house guests as well as the staff while keeping close communications with HPA to be informed of the situation. Medical personals are available on standby for any emergencies on the islands.

In order to prevent an outbreak, authorities have taken advantage of the geographical isolation and created quarantine facilities away from capital, Male’. Initially Farukolhufushi, and then Villivaru which was completed just 10 days as the second isolation facility.

While speaking to media, Minister Of Tourism, Ali Waheed highlighted, that Villivaru facility will be extended to 100 beds facility and preparation of another facility in A.A Velidhoo, which was previously operated as a tourist resort.

With HPA informing the community of the situation on social media platforms and via text messages.

It looks like with the right measures and awareness along a cautious and preventive lifestyle, Maldives can minimize the impact of the virus and overcome it.

There’s been so much attention on one word.
Let me give you some other words that matter much more, and that are much more actionable.
– Prevention.
– Preparedness.
– Public Health.
– Political Leadership.
And most of all, people.
we’re in this together, to do the right things with calm and protect the citizens of the world. It’s doable.
I thank you.”

Tedros Adhanom, Director General of WHO

Feature Photo by Ali Hashim Smith

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Are you looking to work in Maldives? Here are 05 job opportunities in Maldives Resorts!

Have you always wondered how the girls on social media got to travel and work in Maldives?

If you’re a fan of travel and work, then you follow creators on Instagram and TikTok who travel and work in the Maldives. Whether they’re island hosts or waiters, these travellers are living a unique and blissful experience. They get to experience the culture, lifestyle and beautiful scenery of the Maldives. But the best part is, they’re making money while living in the Maldives! So, how do you get a job in the Maldives, especially a resort job? It’s easy, all you have to do is apply!

The Maldives is one of those beautiful destinations where the choices are limitless. With over 180 resorts, there is a high chance that there is a job out there for you. So stop scrolling, and leap on an adventure to work and live in the Maldives this year. Here are some of the resort jobs updated on Job Maldives that you can apply for.

Laundry Supervisor at Diamonds Thudufushi Beach and Water Villas

Are you looking to work in a scenic resort just 20 minutes away from the Capital city by seaplane? Here’s the opportunity to work at Diamonds Thundufushi Beach and Water Villas. The resort is looking for a passionate individual with 2-3 years of work experience in a similar role. In addition to the experience, the qualifications for this job include:

  • Excellent knowledge of computing and officer software
  • Excellent command of written and spoken English
  • Ability to work well under pressure in a fast-paced environment
  • Great team player who thrives in working with a multicultural team and guests alike
  • Ability to work independently with minimal support and effective management
  • Self-confident, creative and proactive, able to prioritize and make effective decisions
  • Customer-driven and courteous individual with an outgoing and approachable character
  • A positive ‘Can DO attitude’
  • Experience working with a multicultural team

If you have these qualifications this job in Maldives is perfect for you. Some of the benefits of this job include a good competitive salary and service charge as well as training and career development programs. Additionally, employees also get annual leave with a ticket to their home island or country provided. In addition to the annual leave, the mandatory leaves are also paid! Accommodation, meals and laundry service are also covered by the resort and employees get health insurance coverage as well.

The closing date for this position is March 8th, so interested candidates can apply now!

Meeru Maldives Hiring Waiters

Serving over 40 years in the Maldives hospitality industry, Meeru Maldives is also looking to hire some new faces this time around. A job posting was updated on Job Maldives for a dynamic, highly motivated individual to fill the position of Waiter! Some of the qualifications for this job include:

  • GCE O Level standard or Higher education
  • A minimum of one year of previous Hotel and restaurant experience is an added advantage
  • Basic food and beverage knowledge
  • Ability to communicate effectively in English, written and verbal
  • Excellent customer care skills and interpersonal relations

If chosen to work as a Waiter at Meeru Maldives Resort Island, you will be expected to:

  • Serve food & beverages to the correct standards as implemented by F&B management
  • Regularly set up stations before service according to the correct standards
  • Ensure the cleanliness & tidiness of outlets at all times
  • Have full knowledge of all current promotions and available food and beverage products in all outlets

The deadline for this position is set for March 13th and interested applicants can shoot their shot now!

Room Attendant Position at Meeru Maldives

Here is yet another job opening posted on Job Maldives for the position of room attendant at Meeru Maldives. The requirements for this position include:

  • At least one year of previous experience ( added advantage )
  • Ability to communicate effectively in English
  • Customer-driven and self-motivated

This job is perfect for anyone looking to be employed in a Maldives resort! Here are the daily tasks required according to the job posting on Job Maldives:

  • To clean rooms i.e., sanitizing bathrooms, dusting rooms, making beds, defrosting mini-bar fridges and sweeping floors according to the hotel standards
  • Replenish amenities, linens and supplies
  • Report all maintenance required in guest rooms immediately

The deadline for this position is March 13th, 2024, you can apply for this position now!

Security Officer & Demi Chef De Partie at Kuruma Maldives

Kurumba Maldives is also looking to fill up two positions soon. One of the positions for the Security Office, this position is open for female applicants. The second position is for Demi Chef De Partie open for Thai nationals.

The resort is always looking to hire people looking for opportunities for professional growth and development. In addition to joining a team of like-minded passionate individuals, you also have the advantage of being located near the City. This means less travel to get to the City on your off day!

You can find the application for this position and more careers at Universal here!

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