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Maldives Prepares for 2nd Dose of COVID-19 Vaccine

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President urged the public to complete their first dose of COVID-19 vaccination as authorities prepare to administer the 2nd dose.

The president of the Maldives, Ibrahim Mohamed Solih urged the public to complete their first dose of COVID-19 vaccination as authorities prepare to administer the 2nd dose.

According to a press release by the President’s Office, over 165,000 doses of the Covid-19 vaccine had been administered so far; with over 95,000 doses in the Greater Malé Area and 60,000 doses across the other parts. Furthermore, the number of migrant workers who had received the first dose amounts to over 22,500. This also includes 373 undocumented workers.

President Solih also remarked on the government’s efforts to address the shortcomings in the health sector through decentralisation. He also spoke about the five tertiary hospitals’ progress in five regions of the country, detailing the service upgrades at the hospitals in Addu and Kulhudhuffushi cities.

On 1st February 2021, Maldives began its COVID-19 vaccination drive with AstraZeneca’s COVISHIELD vaccine. Maldives received 200,000 doses of the COVISHIELD vaccine as a donation from India.

Also read: What Makes the Maldives a COVID-19 Safe Holiday Destination?

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

Dubbed the ‘World’s Leading Destination’ by World Travel Awards in 2020, Maldives remains among one of the safest holiday destinations. The island archipelago has a geographical advantage over other destinations with its unique islands.

Each resort in the Maldives is located on its very own private island. Hence, social distancing just comes naturally for holidaymakers. The government of the Maldives has also taken every step to ensure travellers will have a safe experience when they visit the Maldives.

Feature image by The President’s Office

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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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