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Your Ultimate Honeymoon Guide to The Maldives PT I

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If Maldives is your honeymoon destination then congrats for you have picked one of the best and most dreamy places in the world! The Maldives have everything a couple look for in a honeymoon, from its white-sand beaches to the blue skies and mesmerizing turquoise waters.

But where do you even begin planning such a trip? Where to stay and where to go? Well, this is what this guide was made for and that is to guide you through everything you need to know for the perfect honeymoon.

Visa

Egyptians don’t need a visa for Maldives! Yes, you heard that right. You can obtain your visa on arrival for a stay up to 30 days, which can also be extended. Applicants must show evidence of return transportation and a hotel accommodation plus a sufficient amount of money.

When to travel

The Maldives is sunny all year round but the best time to visit is between November and April. The high season is between December and March and the monsoon runs from May to October. Stick to the dry season because during rainy days, there won’t be much activities to do, so it’s certainly worth the higher price.

Flight

Male International Airport is the Maldives‘ main international airport. It is located on Hulhule Island in the North Male Atoll, near the capital island Male.

The flight ticket is a bit pricey but keep in mind the heavenly destination that you’re heading for, prices of tickets during the season might start at 30K.

Getting to your resort

Transfers from the airport to your resort island are either by a domestic flight, a seaplane or a boat which are all pretty cool. It depends mainly on the distance, make sure to resolve this before traveling because if your destination requires a seaplane, they only operate in daylight hours. So if you arrive after sunset, you will have to spend the night in Male.

Don’t panic though and remember that the seaplane trip is an experience itself as you get to enjoy stunning views, so make sure you get a window seat!

Activities

The Maldives are a tropical heaven and are ideal for the couple looking to enjoy quality and alone time by the beach. There are lots of water sports that you can enjoy, the underwater life there is truly fascinating and thus is known to be a driver’s dream come true.

Most resorts will have quite the busy entertainment program for you but there are no sightseeing included, so if you’re not looking forward to staying all day by the beach and spending your days snorkeling and diving, then you should probably rethink having the Maldives as your honeymoon destination.

 

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Grand Egyptian Museum Granted Three ISO Certificates Reflecting Its Excellence

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Another reason to be proud of our Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM), as if we needed more reasons!

Major General Atef Moftah, General Supervisor of the Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM), received on behalf of the museum two ISO certificates: a certificate of accreditation of international standards for environmental management systems (ISO 14001: 2015) and certification of the international standard specifications for the quality management systems (ISO9001: 2015).

File: The three ISO certificates received by GEM.

Engineer Mohamed Habib, General Manager of OSS Middle East and Dr. Tarek Rizk, consultant of OSS Middle East and witnessed by Dr. Hussein Kamal, were the ones to present the certificated in the presence of General Director of the GEM Conservation Center, Dr. Eissa Zidan, Director of Executive Affairs of GEM Conservation and Transportation, and Dr. Elshimaa Eid, Head of Health and Safety at GEM.

This brings the total of certificated that the museum has been awarded to three, as the museum obtained the ISO certificate for occupational safety and health last September.

It’s also worth mentioning that this makes the GEM the only museum regionally and internationally to obtain three ISO certificates in less than 60 days!

These certificates resemble the positive impact that the museum have on the area and its surroundings, it also positions the museum as a sustainable and environmental museum.

 

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Diving & Scuba Activities to Resume in Parts of South Sinai

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As of December, diving and scuba activities for yachts on cruises will resume in six nature reserve diving sites in South Sinai, according to a statement made by Egypt’s Ministry of Environment.

The diving sites include: the Temple, North Laguna, South Laguna, White Island, Electricity, and Map.

The decision by Egypt’s Environmental Affairs Agency follows the cessation of diving activities that lasted for nine months, in light of the coronavirus pandemic.

Egypt’s health ministry announced Wednesday that South Sinai, Minya, Suez and Ismailia have recently seen a drop in infection rates, unlike Cairo and Alexandria.

According to the statement, “These sites were chosen after carrying out a number of field studies and scientific surveys, and after ensuring that they are distinguished by all the appropriate environmental requirements for diving sites to achieve the enjoyment of those involved in diving activities,” quoting Minister of Environment Yasmine Fouad.

 

 

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43 Floating Hotels & Nile Cruises Obtain Health and Safety Certificates

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So far, a total number of 43 floating hotels and Nile Cruise ships have obtained the government mandated health and safety certificates. 

These hotels and ships have started the resumption of their trips in October and ever since, they have been obtaining the certificates that are approved by the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities, the Ministry of Health and Population and the Egyptian Hotels Association (EHA). 

According to a statement from the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities, these floating hotels obtained the certificates for meeting the health and safety requirements set out by the Egyptian government and the World Health Organization (WHO).

The ministry’s inspection committees approved 26 floating hotels between Luxor and Aswan last week, including: Nile Dolphin Hotels; Solaris 1; Premium; Amo Boat; Abercrombie 2; Zaina; Medea; La Travita; Tosca; Beau Rivage 1; Château Lafayette; Esmeralda; Champollion 2; Abercrombie Nile Adventure; Crown Jewels; Royal; Regency Louvain; Miss World; Nile Plaza; Nile Shams; Emilio; Miss Beau Rivage 2; Nile Marquis; Blue Shadow; and Farah. In addition to these, the Nile Vision and River Boats in Cairo also received ministry approval to resume their trips.

The inspection committees will continue looking at the rest of Egypt’s floating hotels, the ones that submitted applications for the certificate.

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