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The Return of Hong Kong Airlines to the Maldives

Celebrating the arrival of Hong Kong Airlines.
After almost a four year long hiatus, the Maldives has welcomes its first direct flight from Hong Kong to The Maldives since 2020.

With the COVID-19 pandemic, 2020 was a year that the tourism industry came to a halt. This meant that a large portion of direct airlines stopped flying to the Maldives as well. Since then, airlines have been slowly re-starting their passenger favourite routes prior to the pandemic – and as such Hong Kong Airlines has also re-started its flights back to the Maldives!

Celebrating this joyous occasion, a special ceremony was hosted at the Velana International Airport (VIA). Travellers were welcomed to the tropical destination with traditional BoduBeru as well as a special gift pack including flowers.

Marking this special occasion, several dignitaries including the Ambassador from the People’s Republic of China to the Maldives, H.E Ambassador Ms Wang Lixin, representatives from The Ministry of Tourism, Maldives Airports Company Limited (MACL), Maldives Immigration, Maldives Customs Service, along with government-related enterprises & tourism associations in the Maldives attended the ceremony.

This marks another milestone as Hong Kong Airlines flight HX791 from Hong Kong International Airport to the Maldives landed in the Maldives, celebrating the return of this traveller market to the country.

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Guinness World Record Holder Nathaniel Alapide Creates Stunning Sand Art Drawing at Sun Siyam Iru Fushi

Dubai-based and renowned sand artist Nathaniel Alapide astounded guests with his latest masterpiece created at the breathtaking Sun Siyam Iru Fushi. Alapide holds the Guinness World Record for creating the largest sand image. Additionally, he also earns recognition for crafting intricate and mesmerizing sand art creations. This time, Alapide has chosen the pristine shores of Sun Siyam Iru Fushi. His latest collaboration took place at the resort on the 12th of April in celebration of Eid Al Fitr. 

Nathaniel Alapide and His Work

Prior to his visit, Alapide has brought to life an awe-inspiring piece of art. The piece showcased his exceptional talent and creativity to various Sun Siyam Resorts. This was done in celebration of Easter as well, with the expansive beach of the resort serving as his canvas.

Alapide meticulously crafted his sand art, incorporating elements of local culture, marine life, and the serene ambiance of the island. Utilizing only his hands and simple tools, Alapide’s deft touch transformed the grains of sand into a breathtaking visual spectacle.

Working at Sun Siyam Iru Fushi has been an incredible experience. The natural beauty of The Maldives served as the perfect inspiration for my artwork. I am honoured to have had the opportunity to share my passion with guests from around the world, says Nathaniel Alapide.

Alapide’s creation at Sun Siyam Iru Fushi transcended the boundaries of traditional art forms. His artwork embodied the ephemeral beauty and harmony of nature. The intricate details and sheer scale of the sand art left onlookers in awe. Alpadine’s artwork truly captured the essence of the Maldives’ enchanting allure.

We are thrilled to have had Nathaniel Alapide create one of his magnificent sand art pieces at our resort. His ability to capture the essence of the Maldives in his artwork is truly remarkable and aligns perfectly with our commitment to providing unforgettable experiences for our guests says Abdulla Atham – Resort Manager.
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