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Qatar Adds the Maldives to COVID-19 ‘Green List’

Travellers enjoying a romantic holiday in the Maldives
The Government of Qatar has added the Maldives to its COVID-19 Green List, giving travellers the advantage to home quarantine upon return.

The Government of Qatar has added the Maldives to its COVID-19 Green List. Upon being added to the list, travellers returning to Qatar from the Maldives can opt for home-quarantine.

Before, travellers had to spend 14-days in a quarantine facility at Qatar upon arrival. However, now that the Maldives is added to the Green List, travellers will only be required to spend a week in quarantine. Likewise, they will re-test for COVID-19 on the 6th day of quarantine.

There are also 10 Rules of Home Quarantine that travellers must adhere to:
  1. ​​Have a suitable housing condition with the availability of your own room and linked bathroom
  2. Sign an undertaking to abide by the rules of home-based quarantine
  3. Watch a short video on the home quarantine measures and read the Home Quarantine Booklet
  4. Apply preventive measures at home to protect others
  5. Have a swab test on day 6 after your arrival back to Doha at one of the PHCC healthcare centres
  6. Answer the phone calls from the public health team during your home quarantine
  7. Agree to receive a visit from the public health team every 2 to 3 days
  8. Inform the public health team if you develop any symptoms (fever, cough, body aches, change in taste or smell)
  9. Download the Ehteraz app
  10. Should not receive visitors while under home quarantine

Qatar is one of the emerging tourist source markets to the Maldives. So, this decision to include the Maldives in the Green List will further increase tourist arrivals from Qatar. The flag carrier of Qatar, Qatar Airways was also the first airline to resume operations to the Maldives upon the border reopening on 15th July 2020.

In addition to this, the United Kingdom has also added the Maldives to its Travel Corridors List. Britain lifted restrictions on the Maldives, allowing holidaymakers to travel to the Maldives without the need to self-isolate on arrival back to the United Kingdom.

Feature image by Emerald Maldives Resort & Spa
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Dusit Thani Maldives Celebrates Earth Day with Sustainable Initiatives!

Dusit Thani Maldives celebrated Earth Day with a series of initiatives aimed at promoting sustainability and environmental conservation. In honour of Earth Day, Dusit Thani Maldives implemented several eco-friendly practices, including:

  • Beach clean-up: Removing plastic waste and other debris to protect marine life.
  • Tree planting: Contributing to the resort’s efforts to create a greener environment and offset carbon emissions.
  • Sustainable dining: Restaurants showcased a special menu. Locally sourced, sustainable ingredients were featured.
  • Conservation awareness: Educational sessions and activities were hosted to raise awareness about environmental conservation.

These initiatives carried out by Dusit Thani Maldives are a part of the resort’s ongoing commitment to sustainability and eco-conscious practices. Dusit Thani Maldives has been setting an example for the hospitality industry. Not only has the resort taken measures to reduce waste, but they actively work towards conserving energy and protecting the environment as well. So far, Dusit Thani Maldives has implemented several initiatives to reduce its environmental impact and contribute to the well-being of the local ecosystem.

The measures include:
  • Energy efficiency: Dusit Thani Maldives has invested in energy-efficient systems and technologies.
  • Water conservation: Employing advanced water management strategies to minimize water consumption.
  • Marine conservation: Dusit Thani actively participates in marine conservation efforts including coral propagation programs in addition to regular reef clean-ups.
  • Community engagement: The resort also collaborates with local communities on education and sustainability projects.
  • Waste management: Dusit Thani Maldives also emphasises waste reduction, recycling, and responsible waste disposal practices.
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