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Maldives to Suspend Tourists Travelling from India

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The Maldives’ Health Protection Agency has decided to suspend tourists travelling to the Maldives from India.

The Maldives’ Health Protection Agency has decided to suspend tourists travelling to the Maldives from India. Effective from 27th April 2021, tourists arriving from India will no longer be allowed to stay at tourist facilities in inhabited islands.

This decision will put a strain on the Maldives’ recovering tourism industry as India is currently the biggest tourist source market in terms of arrivals. According to the latest statistics from the Maldives’ Ministry of tourism, Maldives recorded over 83,289 tourists from India by 21st April 2021.

The Maldives’ declaration to suspend tourists travelling from India comes as the country faces a giant surge in COVID-19 cases. The Maldives’ neighbouring country recorded a whopping 349,691 positive cases of COVID-19 yesterday. Reports reveal that patients have died from a lack of oxygen.

The Guardian reports that almost 1.6 million cases have been registered in a week, bringing total cases to more than 15 million and n the space of just 12 days, the Covid positivity rate doubled to 17%, while in Delhi it hit 30%.

Since the Maldives reopened its borders in 2020, India remains as the biggest source market in terms of tourist arrivals. In 2019, India was the fastest-growing tourist market and became the leading market in 2020. In 2020, Maldives recorded 62,960 tourist arrivals from India.

Several airlines from India are operating regular flights to the Maldives. Budget airlines including GoAir and IndiGo operate frequent flights between the two countries.

Over the past months, countless celebrities from India have visited the Maldives and made headlines. While many dubbed the Maldives as the ‘New Goa’, celebrities are also facing backlash for choosing to holiday during the pandemic.

Maldives and India maintain close bilateral relations. Hence, the two countries have been friendly and close in strategic, economic and military cooperation. In addition to the innumerable financial contributions, India has also donated 200,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to the Maldives.

Feature image by Velana International Airport

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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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