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Situation Maldives: Hopeful in Overcoming the Pandemic

A doctor from HPA Maldives in a press conference speaking to the media updating about Situation Maldives
It has been more than a month since the capital of Maldives, Male’ City was placed under a full lockdown. Situation of Maldives

It has been more than a month since the capital of Maldives, Male’ City was placed under a full lockdown. The island nation further extended the lockdown to 28th of May 2020, bracing for a potential surge during the period looking at the situation of maldives.

Within the week, the number of infected cases in Maldives reached to 1094 cases while 04 has died from the virus. Positive cases have also been recorded in other parts of Maldives including Sh. Narudhoo, H. A. Thakandhoo, N. Manadhoo, Sh. Milandhoo, H. A. Uligan, K. Himmafushi, and K. Thulusdhoo. However, the country has seen more recoveries, recording 59 individuals’ recoveries from COVID-19.

Majority of the infected being foreign nationals working in Maldives, several repatriation initiatives have been taken to support individuals wishing to return home. On 16th May 2020, the government of Maldives chartered a BIMAN Bangladesh Airline’s flight to help repatriate 353 Bangladeshis stranded in Maldives. Additional 70 Bangladeshis were repatriated on the following day through a Bangladesh Airforce flight. In addition to that, Maldivian Airlines has been operating rescue flights in aid of Maldivian nationals stranded abroad. This includes the repatriation of 234 Maldivians stranded across 16 cities in India on 11th May 2020.

The government of Bangladesh has been extending their generosity in aiding Maldives during this unprecedented time. On 16th May 2020, a second Bangladesh Air Force flight arrived in Maldives with 7000 kgs of food, medical equipment and medicine.

On behalf of the President of Maldives HE Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, and the people of the Maldives, I would like to thank the Prime Minister of Bangladesh Sheikh Hasina, Foreign Minister Dr. A K Abdul Momen, the Government and the people of Bangladesh for this gesture of goodwill and generosity. It is a manifest reflection of the close friendship and the significant historic bonds that exist between our two brotherly nations.”

Press Statement by Abdulla Shahid, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Maldives

With more than 1300 individuals currently in quarantine facilities, health authorities have been strengthening the precautionary measures to contain the virus. Given the current situation, the authorities had projected a significant surge in the number of infected cases by the end of May 2020. Due to which, the Director General took the decision to further extended the lockdown in order to ensure public safety.

Health Minister Abdulla Ameen had stated that the lockdown in greater Male’ area cannot be lifted just yet and that he did not believe it could be lifted in the near future. Health professionals warned that Maldives could reach 77,000 cases by the end of May, urging the public to adhere to their advice and implement social distancing even at homes.

The government of Maldives has been supporting the public in several ways in this situation, including granting financial aid and loans to those affected by the pandemic. The government introduced an ‘Income Support Allowance’ and revealed on 13th May 2020 the eligibility criteria for the scheme. Under the scheme, government will grant an allowance up to MVR 5000 to individuals who were dismissed or suspended from employment, those on leave without pay, those facing salary deductions, and freelancers.

The entire world has been battling COVID-19 for months and has seen the despairing impact of the virus on daily lives.

Despite the past challenging months, a number of countries has slowly started easing travel restrictions while several grounded airlines have picked up travel. Plenty of hotels and resorts have started preparing to reopen under strict conditions and safety standards in place.

The Italian government also announced the plans to reopen their borders on 03rd June 2020. This would benefit the Maldivian tourism industry once the borders reopen in the island nation as Italy is a large part of the tourist arrivals in Maldives. However hopeful tomorrow seems, it is no doubt that the post COVID-19 world would be much different from what was known to everyone.

Looking at the changing situations across the world, Maldives is hopeful in overcoming the situation and resuming living normal lives.

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Are you looking to work in Maldives? Here are 05 job opportunities in Maldives Resorts!

Have you always wondered how the girls on social media got to travel and work in Maldives?

If you’re a fan of travel and work, then you follow creators on Instagram and TikTok who travel and work in the Maldives. Whether they’re island hosts or waiters, these travellers are living a unique and blissful experience. They get to experience the culture, lifestyle and beautiful scenery of the Maldives. But the best part is, they’re making money while living in the Maldives! So, how do you get a job in the Maldives, especially a resort job? It’s easy, all you have to do is apply!

The Maldives is one of those beautiful destinations where the choices are limitless. With over 180 resorts, there is a high chance that there is a job out there for you. So stop scrolling, and leap on an adventure to work and live in the Maldives this year. Here are some of the resort jobs updated on Job Maldives that you can apply for.

Laundry Supervisor at Diamonds Thudufushi Beach and Water Villas

Are you looking to work in a scenic resort just 20 minutes away from the Capital city by seaplane? Here’s the opportunity to work at Diamonds Thundufushi Beach and Water Villas. The resort is looking for a passionate individual with 2-3 years of work experience in a similar role. In addition to the experience, the qualifications for this job include:

  • Excellent knowledge of computing and officer software
  • Excellent command of written and spoken English
  • Ability to work well under pressure in a fast-paced environment
  • Great team player who thrives in working with a multicultural team and guests alike
  • Ability to work independently with minimal support and effective management
  • Self-confident, creative and proactive, able to prioritize and make effective decisions
  • Customer-driven and courteous individual with an outgoing and approachable character
  • A positive ‘Can DO attitude’
  • Experience working with a multicultural team

If you have these qualifications this job in Maldives is perfect for you. Some of the benefits of this job include a good competitive salary and service charge as well as training and career development programs. Additionally, employees also get annual leave with a ticket to their home island or country provided. In addition to the annual leave, the mandatory leaves are also paid! Accommodation, meals and laundry service are also covered by the resort and employees get health insurance coverage as well.

The closing date for this position is March 8th, so interested candidates can apply now!

Meeru Maldives Hiring Waiters

Serving over 40 years in the Maldives hospitality industry, Meeru Maldives is also looking to hire some new faces this time around. A job posting was updated on Job Maldives for a dynamic, highly motivated individual to fill the position of Waiter! Some of the qualifications for this job include:

  • GCE O Level standard or Higher education
  • A minimum of one year of previous Hotel and restaurant experience is an added advantage
  • Basic food and beverage knowledge
  • Ability to communicate effectively in English, written and verbal
  • Excellent customer care skills and interpersonal relations

If chosen to work as a Waiter at Meeru Maldives Resort Island, you will be expected to:

  • Serve food & beverages to the correct standards as implemented by F&B management
  • Regularly set up stations before service according to the correct standards
  • Ensure the cleanliness & tidiness of outlets at all times
  • Have full knowledge of all current promotions and available food and beverage products in all outlets

The deadline for this position is set for March 13th and interested applicants can shoot their shot now!

Room Attendant Position at Meeru Maldives

Here is yet another job opening posted on Job Maldives for the position of room attendant at Meeru Maldives. The requirements for this position include:

  • At least one year of previous experience ( added advantage )
  • Ability to communicate effectively in English
  • Customer-driven and self-motivated

This job is perfect for anyone looking to be employed in a Maldives resort! Here are the daily tasks required according to the job posting on Job Maldives:

  • To clean rooms i.e., sanitizing bathrooms, dusting rooms, making beds, defrosting mini-bar fridges and sweeping floors according to the hotel standards
  • Replenish amenities, linens and supplies
  • Report all maintenance required in guest rooms immediately

The deadline for this position is March 13th, 2024, you can apply for this position now!

Security Officer & Demi Chef De Partie at Kuruma Maldives

Kurumba Maldives is also looking to fill up two positions soon. One of the positions for the Security Office, this position is open for female applicants. The second position is for Demi Chef De Partie open for Thai nationals.

The resort is always looking to hire people looking for opportunities for professional growth and development. In addition to joining a team of like-minded passionate individuals, you also have the advantage of being located near the City. This means less travel to get to the City on your off day!

You can find the application for this position and more careers at Universal here!

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