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Saudia Starts Flight Operations to the Maldives

Saudia flight in the Maldives
The national flag carrier of Saudi Arabia, Saudia started flight operations to the Maldives on 20th May 2021.

The national flag carrier of Saudi Arabia, Saudia started flight operations to the Maldives on 20th May 2021. According to Velana International Airport, the airline will operate four weekly flights to the tropical holiday destination.

Earlier Saudia Airlines issued travel guidelines for 38 countries including the Maldives. The borders of Saudi Arabia is open for vaccinated citizens. Before departure, Saudia requires travellers to take a PCR certificate from an accredited screening centre in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Upon returning to the kingdom, travellers must also quarantine for 7 days at home. Moreover, at the end of the week, they must take a PCR test.

Saudi Arabia lifted the suspension of its citizens to travel abroad on 17th May 2021. According to Reuters, citizens of the Kingdom who received two shots of the vaccine (or one shot at least two weeks before travel), recovered from COVID-19 within the last 6 months and the citizens under 18 are allowed to travel.

Also read: Maldives Records Over 400,000 Tourist Arrivals in 2021

Saudi Arabia and the Maldives maintain close bilateral relations. The kingdom has supported the island nation in several project developments and infrastructure projects, including Velana International Airport’s development.

A total of 30 airlines are operating flights to the Maldives as of 23rd May 2021. Major airlines including Qatar Airways, Emirates, and Etihad Airways started operations to the tropical holiday destination in the early days when the country reopened its borders.

According to the latest statistics from the Maldives’ Ministry of Tourism, 437,995 tourists have arrived in the island archipelago between 1st January 2021 and 21st May 2021. This is an increase of 14.4% compared to the same period of 2020.

The Maldives aims to welcome over 1.5 million tourists in 2021. Furthermore, it has been projected Maldives’ GDP will grow by 17.1% in 2021 and 11.5% in 2022 thanks to tourism.

Feature image by Velana International Airport

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An Invite to the Front Row: SO/ Maldives Grand Opening Party!

SO/Maldives proudly announces the grand opening party of its exquisite runway.

SO/ Maldives is set to host its grand opening on March 23, 2024. This much-anticipated event of the season is titled ‘An Invite to the Front Row’. The event promises a soirée of collaborative elegance for an unforgettable glamorous experience for its guests.

The Grand Opening Party – An Invite to the Front Row

The grand opening party is set to be a feast for your senses. The resort is bringing culinary delights, fashion-forward statements, avant-garde designs and artistic flair. With this, SO/ Maldives invites guests to take a seat in the front row and witness the convergence of global talent and Maldivian charm.

An invite to the Front Row encapsulates the essence of SO/Maldives- a convergence of global excellence set against the unparalleled beauty of our island. We extend an exclusive invitation to our guests to us on this extraordinary journey with incredible collaborations providing them a truly glamorous stay while embracing our DNA, says Jesper Soerensen – General Manager of SO/Maldives.

Experience one of the First-International Fashion Shows in the Maldives with Milin!

SO/ Maldives will unveil its inaugural fashion show, considered to be one of the first international fashion shows in the Maldives. As the island turns into an oceanfront runway, guests can witness the harmonious blend of haute couture and paradisical setting. The fashion show will showcase the swimwear collection debuted by the esteemed Thai fashion house, Milin.

Partnership with Riffath

SO/ Maldives is partnering with local talent Riffath. Riffath is a distinguished Maldivian High Fashion Brand, launching its exclusive SO/Maldives’ Flying Dress Edits. The resort is also teaming up with Timeless Maldives Photo Studio. The resort’s guests are empowered to unleash their inner models for a bespoke once-in-a-lifetime photo and drone shoot, adorned in a gown with an extended hem that gratefully dances in the wind.

Beach Takeover with Veuve Clicquot Champagne House

Veuve Cliquot Champagne House is taking over the beach at SO/ Maldives to bring an exquisite evening. The beach glam-up is done with the Lazuli Beach Club Bar for a memorable night that redefined elegance and indulgence!

Culinary Delights with Chef Dharshan Munidasa

Chef Dharshan Munidasa, a dual Sri Lankan – Japanese heritage chef hailed for his accolades commands the spotlight at SO/ Maldives. Chef Dharshan’s menu is set to redefine conventional boundaries. Guests are invited to enjoy the exquisite flavours at the Ministry of Crab, Nihonashi Blue, and Carne Diem Grill.

To add to this, Jenna Hemsworth, Australia’s most influential and award-winning female bartender also showcases her creativity. Jenna will be taking over the bar to craft expertly curated cocktails.

Musical Bliss with world-class DJs

Guests are welcome to enjoy a series of live performances from world-class musicians and DJs. Groove to the innovative beats of one of the leading Maldivin bands, YJ Hameed Music. The vibes are set to create a rhythm that resonates with the spirit of the island’s spirit. Lydia Sarunrat Deane, a Thai sensation will also be filling the air with enchanting melodies. End the night as DJ Karrouhat from Dubai takes everyone on an electrifying-after party journey.

The Grand Opening Party will be hosted by Matthew Deane, a well-known Thai-Australian singer, model, actor and television presenter.

Exclusive Wellness & Fitness Retreats

Embark on a transformative fitness journey with the introduction of a week-long detox and fun session by Jumping Fitness, an innovative fitness regimen that originated in the Czech Republic. In collaboration with London-based wellness partner salon C. Steller, renowned for its modern approach to wellness, the resort is set to launch new spa experiences that promise ultimate rejuvenation.

Earth Hour

SO/ Maldives invites guests to experience an eco-conscious revelry. Guests are welcome to enjoy the beauty of nature intertwines with the joy of celebration. Witness as the island runway dims, unveiling a beach bonfire beneath the starlit sky. Immense in the rhythmic beats of Maldivian Boduberu and the serene glow.

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