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Etihad Airways to ramp up Maldives flight frequency for winter season

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As the summer season heats up, Etihad Airways is gearing up for a significant expansion in the upcoming winter season. In a strategic move, the airline is set to increase its flight frequency to the Maldives by adding 7 flights per week.

Starting from December 1, a total of 3 additional flights will be introduced, followed by the inclusion of 4 more flights on January 1, 2024. These expanded schedules are designed to enhance the convenience for travellers, allowing departures from Abu Dhabi at 2 pm. This scheduling approach aims to optimise the experience for visitors, enabling them to make the most of Abu Dhabi’s hotels and attractions until their checkout time.

Antonoaldo Neves, the Chief Executive Officer of Etihad Airways, highlighted the airline’s strategic approach to growth and connectivity. He emphasised that the expanded network and improved connectivity will not only serve Abu Dhabi more effectively but also offer enhanced travel options for passengers.

Neves stated, “Our ambitious network and improved connectivity allows us to better serve Abu Dhabi and our valued guests, forming the basis of our future expansion while providing flexibility and freedom to adapt to new opportunities and markets.”

By offering these extended travel options and seamless connections, Etihad Airways aims to attract a larger number of visitors to Abu Dhabi. This strategy is expected to contribute to the city’s economic growth while enhancing the travel experience for passengers.

As the airline gears up for the winter season, the increased flight frequency to the Maldives is poised to offer travellers more flexibility and convenience, underscoring Etihad’s commitment to delivering a seamless and enjoyable journey for its passengers.

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Gear up for ride of your life with Siyam World’s first go-kart track in Maldives

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Get ready to rev your engines and satisfy your need for speed at Siyam World Maldives with the grand opening of the 205m² Speed Racers Circuit – the first-ever go-kart track in the Maldives, adding an electrifying twist and high-octane experience to the ultimate island getaway.

Siyam World, known for breaking the mold of traditional Maldivian holidays, is paving new ground with the launch of a state-of-the-art go-kart track, the Speed Racers Circuit, that comes fully equipped with 18 sleek electric go-karts and a rugged off-road course. Spanning 205m² of heart-pounding twists and turns, the track is designed to ignite your inner racer and unleash the adrenaline junkie within.

But that’s not all, with speeds of up to 35km/h, racers feel the rush of the wind in their hair as they zoom around the exhilarating course.

And when the race is over, the party’s just getting started! There is a fully stocked bar, the perfect pit stop to refuel and celebrate a victory with friends and fellow racers. After all, every great race deserves an epic after-party!

“Siyam World is all about redefining what it means to holiday in the Maldives,” said Sara Siyam, Director of Marketing. “We’re not just offering relaxation and the traditional means of a Maldivian holiday, we are committed to delivering unforgettable adventures. Our new go-kart track is just the beginning of a series of exciting, fun-filled activities that set Siyam World apart from the rest.”

Siyam World has tailored four adrenaline-pumping go-kart racing packages to suit every level from 12 years and up:

Quick Sprint Package

  • Get your adrenaline fix with 3 lightning-fast laps for just $25 per racer (up to 5 racers).
  • Perfect for those who want a quick burst of excitement and friendly competition!

The Triple Challenge Package

  • Take on 5 laps of non-stop racing action for $80 (up to 5 racers).
  • Push the pedal to the metal and test your skills with this ultimate challenge!

Family Package

  • Treat the whole family to a thrilling ride with our fun-filled package for $350.
  • Enjoy 3 lap races for families and friends, creating unforgettable memories together!

Private Championship Package

  • Go for glory with an exclusive racing event for $550.
  • Compete in a private series with 3 lap qualifiers, 5 lap heats, and a 7 lap final – complete with scorekeeping, timekeeping, and awards

The addition of the go-kart track is part of Siyam World’s commitment to provide guests with a diverse range of activities, extraordinary adventures ,and pioneering experiences that go beyond the mainstream. Whether you are a seasoned racer or a first-time driver, the go-kart track promises a rush of excitement as you zip through tropical paradise. The electric go-karts are eco-friendly and perfect for healthy competitions among family and friends.

It’s time to buckle up, hold on tight, and experience the thrill of a lifetime at Siyam World Maldives’ Electric Go-Kart Track. Book your race now and get ready to unleash your inner speed champion!

Siyam World, Maldives is located in the popular Noonu Atoll, a mere 40 minutes’ direct seaplane ride from Velana International Airport, and also accessible via a 30-minute domestic flight to Maafaru Airport followed by a 10-minute speedboat trip.

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Nova Maldives unveils Eid al-Adha programme with cultural activities

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Recognising the growth of slow and experiential travel trends in the GCC, this Eid Al-Adha, from June 16 to June 19, Nova Maldives extends an invitation to join a journey that integrates traditional and modern aspects of Maldivian culture. Set against the backdrop of the island’s serene beauty, Nova is preparing an extensive cultural event that allows guests to delve into the heritage and customs of the Maldives.

Central to the festivities is the Holhuashi event, redefining traditional storytelling on Wink Beach. The term “Holhuashi,” meaning “public meeting space,” has been adapted here to create a dynamic space for cultural exchange. During the event, master storytellers will share traditional Maldivian stories, aiming to connect guests with the historical roots of the Maldives.

Abdulla Aboobakuru, General Manager of Nova Maldives, commented on the relevance of this year’s event, saying, “One of the notable GCC travel trends to Maldives this year is slow and experiential travel, which emphasises longer duration stays and a deep immersion into the local culture. The Maldivian Eid celebration at Nova is the perfect opportunity for GCC travellers to engage deeply with the unique cultural aspects of the Maldives.”

Additionally, the event will feature renowned Maldivian artists and craftspeople demonstrating their skills in traditional crafts. This presentation is designed not only for viewing but also for guests to experience, as each piece showcases a blend of heritage and innovation.

Throughout the Eid Al-Adha period, guests will have opportunities to engage more deeply with Maldivian culture. Activities will include language lessons, culinary experiences featuring local cuisine, and introductions to Maldivian rituals and beliefs. These elements collectively aim to provide a comprehensive understanding of the Maldivian way of life.

Guests can now book their stay at 45% off for stays up to September 2024. Rates for the Beach Villa start from AED 2711 for 2 guests on an all-inclusive basis, inclusive of all taxes and green tax. The offer includes complimentary use of snorkelling fins and masks during the stay, daily complimentary group Sunrise Yoga, a 30-minute photo session, complimentary rental of standard kayaks and paddleboards (non-guided) once per stay, and discounts on water sports, spa treatments, and à la carte restaurants.

Guests staying 6 nights or more will enjoy a complimentary 3-course dinner at Nova’s speciality restaurants, Mizu and Flames.

For those interested in experiencing this cultural event, bookings can be made for the specified dates in June. Additional details and reservations are available through Nova’s website.

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Sun Siyam Iru Veli earns 2 awards at TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards 2024

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Sun Siyam Iru Veli has announced that the resort has been recognised twice by the prestigious TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards 2024 as one of the Top 25 Best of the Best Hotels Luxury Asia and featured as number 2 under the Best All-inclusive hotels in the world. This dual honour is a testament to relentless pursuit of perfection, promising each guest an unforgettable journey immersed in tranquility and true Maldivian hospitality.

Nestled in the heart of the Maldives, Sun Siyam Iru Veli offers a charming private retreat where guests can immerse themselves in unparalleled luxury and serenity. This recognition from TripAdvisor is a testament to the resort’s dedication to excellence, ensuring that every guest enjoys a perfect escape in our tropical paradise.

“With immense joy, we celebrate the honour of not one, but two remarkable achievements in TripAdvisor’s prestigious Top 25 Best of the Best awards this year,” said Masdhooq Saeed, General Manager of Sun Siyam Iru Veli. “These accolades stand as a testament to our relentless pursuit of excellence, a journey marked by continuous enhancement of our offerings and the delivery of unparalleled service standards by our wonderful island team members. Our heartfelt gratitude extends to our cherished guests as well whose unwavering support and invaluable feedback serve as the guiding light propelling us towards even greater horizons of distinction.”

At Sun Siyam Iru Veli, guests are invited to experience laid-back luxury in an authentic Maldivian setting. The resort features stunning overwater and beach villas with private pools, world-class dining, and a range of activities designed to cater to every desire. Whether guests seek adventure or serenity, pristine beaches, crystal-clear waters, and lush surroundings provide the perfect backdrop for an unforgettable getaway. The all-inclusive offering is impressive – the dine-around plan gives you the chance to feast at a la carte restaurants like the Mediterranean Roma eatery or the open-kitchen-style Grouper Grill. Catering to every type of traveller, you can choose between spa credit or three scuba dives a week as part of the package. On top of that, enjoy three spectacular excursions, a windsurfing lesson and jet-ski credit. Plus, each and every suite has its own private pool, so you can start the day with a blissful dip.

As Sun Siyam Iru Veli celebrates this achievement, the resort team remains focused on their mission to be the premier choice for international travellers seeking a luxurious, serene escape. They look forward to welcoming guests to the slice of paradise and creating memories that will last a lifetime.

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