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özgür Cengiz Appointed as Tourism Group Wellness Development Director for JOALI Brand

JOALI brand appoints Tourism Group Global Wellness Development Director!

özgür Cengiz has been appointed as the Tourism Group Wellness Development Director for the JOALI brand.

özgür joins the team with a stellar career spanning over 20 years in the hospitality and wellness industry. He also played a major role in the opening team of Richmond Nua Wellness, Turkey’s pioneering wellness resort. Following this, he moved to Jumeriah in Azerbaijan, where he was appointed to oversee the property’s operations and spa offerings.

özgür’s Journey in the Maldives

özgür’s journey in the Maldives started all the way back in 2014. He started out at One&Only Reethi Rah as Director of Spa by ESPA & Fitness. Following this, özgür joined the pre-opening team of JOALI brand to open JOALI Maldives as the Resort Manager. This was a major opportunity as JOALI Maldives is the first art-immersive resort in the Maldives. His lifelong passion and expertise in wellness opened the path for him to open the first well-being island in the Maldives as general manager of JOALI BEING. özgür managed to build a brand recognised globally as one of the most celebrated wellbeing brands.

özgür also served as the ambassador for the Global Wellness Day Project in the Maldives for 7 years. He is also one of the Global Spa & Wellness Awarded judges! His creative approach and insight regarding new trends and his solution-focused approach inspire all those around him.

Wellbeing is an integral part of the identitiy of JOALI as a brand, for our guests and hosts alike. özgür’s extensive knowledge and pasion will truly redefine the wellness offerings for the brand from a broader perspective to take new heights as the JOALI brand portfolio expands, says Tourism Group Managing Director of Gürok Group, Hakan öztürt.

In his new role, özgür will overlook the wellness of the tourism group Gürok, the parent company of JOALI. In addition to being responsible for innovative activations, özgür will also oversee the expansion and strategizing of the wellness offerings at JOALI BEING and JOALI BEING Cure.

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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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