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The Maldives

Welcome to the Maldives

Welcome to the Maldives, where sands are white as the smiles of the locals, where fish swim happily in the warm waters of the Indian Ocean, where the weather is a dream, and the deep rays of the sun wait to engulf you their arms.
In ancient times, the shores of the Maldives welcomed lost travellers. Still welcoming, these shores remain, providing a tranquil haven for visitors.

(in thaana script):

Hindhu emaa kandu therein, Mala fehi ruhgas hedhey
Meemagey ufan bimey, Dheebu Dhivehi mee
Kula ali maa Kandu therein, Ali raiy mui hen dhirey
Meemagey ufan bimey, dheebu Dhivehi mee


In horizon of the vast Indian Ocean grow green palms
This is my homeland, this is the Maldives
From the clear blue seas, we grow like pearls,
This is my homeland, this is the Maldives

(Dheebu Dhivehi Mee, Old Maldivian Folk song

Country at a Glance

Maldives has deep blue seas, turquoise reefs, white sandy beaches and palm trees. It is also a place full of character, where its people have long spent their days languishing in the very essence of idyll living. While it is the perfect place to sit on a beach and watch a sunset with a cocktail balanced on your hand, it is also a geographical marvel, knowing that there are thousands of fish swimming around the vivid corals just a few feet away from where you sit.



Capital island:


Total islands:


Inhabited islands:


Resort islands:



Approx. 300,000

Major industries:

Tourism and fishing


Rufiyaa (USD 1 = MRF 12.85)


240 AC

Government Working hours:

8:00 am to 4:00 pm Sunday to Thursday

Bank hours:

9:00am to 03:00 pm Sunday to Thursda


The dream of the Maldives is to relax in perfect bliss... read a book... fall in love with life.

The Maldives was awarded the "Indian Ocean's Leading Destination" and "World's Leading Dive Destination" at the World Travel Awards 2006. The World Travel Awards has become the Oscar equivalent of the global tourism industry since its establishment in 1993. The Maldives received these prestigious awards after receiving the highest number of votes in the respective categories among thousands of online voters from travel agencies in over 200 countries worldwide.

The Maldives was also voted "The Best Island Destination" in the world second time by The Readers' Travel Awards in 2002, Conde' Nast Traveller magazine.

The Indian Ocean atolls of Maldives are a string of coral atolls in the Indian Ocean, a tropical paradise of pristine beaches, turquoise lagoons and swaying palm trees. There is a number of luxury resorts and the islands are internationally recognised as a model for sustainable, eco-friendly tourist development.

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