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It is generally warm and humid in Maldives and the sun shines all year through. Average
temperature around 29 - 32 degrees Celsius.
What to wear while in Maldives
Dress is generally casual. T-shirts and cotton clothing are most suitable. In Male’, the capital
island and other inhabited islands it is recommended that women wear modest clothing
without baring too much.
300,000 since 2006. Origin of the Maldivians is not known, but history reveals that the islands
have been populated for over 3,000 years ago. Early settlers were travelers on the Silk Route
and from the Indus Valley Civilization. Inherently warm, friendly and hospitable by nature, it is
easy to feel comfortable and relaxed with a Maldivian.
A proud history and rich culture evolved from the first settlers who were from various parts of
the world traveling the seas in ancient times. The Maldives has been a melting pot 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, with hand beating of drums
and songs in a language that is not known to any but certainly represents that of East African
countries. As one would expect there is a great South Asian influence in some of the music
and dancing and especially in the traditional food of the Maldivians. However many of the
South Asian customs especially with regard to women - for instance the Sub Continent’s
tradition of secluding women from public view - are not tenets of life here. In fact women play
a major role in society - not surprising considering the fact men spend the whole day out at
sea fishing. Many of the traditions are strongly related to the seas and the fact that life is
dependent on the seas around us
Language of the Maldivians
Dhivehi is the language spoken in all parts of the Maldives. English is widely spoken by Maldivians and visitors can easily make themselves
understood getting around the capital island. In the resorts, a variety of languages are spoken by the staff including English, German, French,
Italian and Japanese.
The Maldivian currency is the Rufiyaa and Laaree. The exchange rate for US Dollar at the time of writing is MRf.11.82 for the dollar. One Rufiyaa
is equivalent to 100 laarees. Rufiyaa bank notes come in denominations of 5, 10, 20, 50, 100 and 500. Coins are in the denominations of MRf.
2.00, MRf.1.00, 50 laarees, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1 laaree. The US Dollar is the most commonly used foreign currency. Payments in the resorts and
hotels can be made in most hard currency in cash, travelers’ cheques or credit cards. Commonly used credit cards are American Express,
Visa, Master Card, Diners Club, JCB and Euro Card.
The Maldives economy has been growing at an annual average of 10% for the past two decades. Tourism is the main industry, contributing
close to 20% of the GDP. Fisheries and trade follow close behind. The Maldivian economy is regarded as exemplary in the region and
welcomes foreign investment.
The functional literacy rate is 98%. Educational standards in Maldives are among the highest in the region and schools follow the British
system of education.
Health care facilities in Maldives are improving almost on a daily basis. The Indhira Gandhi Memorial Hospital (IGMH) in Male’ is the biggest
hospital in the Maldives providing sophisticated medical care. ADK Hospital is the biggest private health care facility in Maldives and follows
high medical standards. Some resorts have in-house doctors. A decompression chamber is within easy reach of most resorts of Maldives in
case of a diving emergency.
Electricity The electric system is 230-240 Volts -AC
Maldives Business Hours
Business Hours From Sunday to Thursday 7.30 - 14.30 in the government sector and generally from 9.00 to 5.00 in the private sector,
although most offices in the private sector open for a half day on Saturday. Weekend falls on Friday and Saturday.
Communication Up-to-date technology and international satellite links allow Maldives to have a sophisticated communications system.
IDD facilities are available on all resorts and card phones are available on all inhabited islands.
Maldives Local Time
Local Time GMT + 5 hours
Introduction of the Maldives - Fast Facts
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Filitheyo Island Resort
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Full Moon Beach Resort
Giraavaru Island Resort
Hilton Maldives Resort & Spa
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Huvafenfushi Spa Resort
Komandoo Island Resort
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Kuredu Island Resort
Laguna Beach Resort
Lily Beach Resort
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Medhufushi Island Resort
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