Maldives

COMMUNICATION

All resorts offer IDD telephone services. Mobile telephone coverage is provided by either with Dhiraagu and Ooredoo Maldives.

Both companies have roaming agreements with operators across the globe, which will enable you to use your home number while sitting on your private beach.

All the resorts booked by oursite in Maldives offer internet services. Some resorts offer broadband connections the room while others offer Wi-Fi zones at key locations on the island.

Our experience is that the speed and uptime is acceptable.

SHOPPING

Are you planning to do shopping head out for The northern end of ndhanee Magu in Male' . It is the place to be if you are souvenirs to take home. Wooden handicrafts and range batik sarong other knick knacks are available from the shops lining the street.

You will also be able to find some souvenir items if you visit the neighboring islands near your resort. Lookout for genuine Maldivian hand painted t-shirts and lacquered boxes, miniature dhonis and reed mats - if you really want to take a piece of Maldives with you as a memento.

EDUCATION

Maldives boasts one of the highest rates in the world with 98% of the country population being able to read and write.

Educational standards are among the highest in the region and schools follow the British system of education.

HEALTH

The Indira Gandhi Memorial Hospital in Male is the state run general hospital in the country providing a high standard of medical care.

ADK Hospital is one of the private health care facility in the country among several other private hospitals and clinic.

On top of this you will see that most resorts have a resident doctor and own compression chambers is within easy access in case of the unlikely event of a diving emergency.

BUSINESS HOURS

The working week in Maldives begins on Sunday and ends on Thursday. Government offices are open from 0800 to 1400 hours and the private sector from 0900 to 1700 hours.

Most offices in the private sector open for business on Saturdays, Weekend falls on Friday and Saturday.

Capital

Maldives main capital is Male and covers a total area of 5.8 km2. More than 150,000 people live in Male and the island will soon be connected to island hosting the countrys main airport by a new 300m bridge.

ECONOMY

In the last quarter of the twentieth century, the economy changed from the age-old for traditional system based on fisheries and Fri agriculture to a modern economy that rode on the success of the newly established tourism industry and a modernized and mechanical fishing industry. Maldivians enjoy the highest GDP per capita in South Asia today.

CURRENCY

The local currency is Rufiyaa.

At the of publication, the exchange rate is pr MVR 15.42 to 1 US Dollar. If you are to a resort, you need not worry about local currency as all your bills at the resort can be paid by US Dollar, Euro or any other European currency.

All major credit cards are also widely accepted at the resorts. However, if you are visiting Male or any of the local islands, you may need to hold local currency for purchases you may wish to make.

CULTURE

The country has a proud history and rich culture evolved from the first settlers who were from various parts of the world travelling the seas in ancient e fines.

The Maldives has been a melting pot e of different cultures as people from different parts of the world came here and settled down. Some of the local music and dance for instance resemble African influences, while other cultures and traditions reflect East Asian and South Asian characteristics.

LANGUAGE

Dhivehi, spoken throughout the Maldives, is a language belonging to the Indo-Iranian group of languages. The language is spoken only in the Maldives and Minicoy Island in the Lakshadweep Atoll (India) to the north of the Maldives.

The present script, Thaana was introduced in the late 16th century and is written from right to left.

English is widely spoken by Maldivians and visitors can easily make themselves understood getting around the capital Male. In the resorts, a variety of languages are spoken by the staff including English, German, French, Italian Japanese and Chinese.

RELIGION

Maldivians are e devout Muslims and rigorously follow the basic tenets of Islam The Islamic Center which accommodates more than 5,000 worshippers dominates the skyline of the capital city Male with its shining golden dome and minaret.

Several mosques are dispersed throughout the capital and each inhabited Island graced with at least one or two mosques where the people attend to their daily prayers

HISTORY

Archeological remains excavated in different parts of the country prove that people were living here as early as third century BC The Maldives and the people are mentioned several mariners' logs and records of naval expeditions by the Chinesee and the Arabs.

CLIMATE

The temperature of Maldives targets between 24 Celsius and 33 Celsius throughout the year. As the humidity is relatively high, the constant sea breeze helps to keep the air moving. The average sea temperature is around 26 Celsius.

POPULATION

The population of Maldives has increased rapidly during the last few decades. However with a population of approximately 400.000 the country still remains one of the smallest independent nations in the world.

GEOGRAPHY

The Maldives consists of approximately 1,190 coral islands grouped in a double chain of 27 atolls, spread over roughly 90,000 Square kilometers, making the country one of the most unique destinations in the world. The islands stretch over a distance of 800 km from north to south

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