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 Maldives 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. (Maldives at a Glance)


 Maldives at a Glance

Maldives Map
Maldives Map
Location: Indian Ocean (3 15 N, 73 00 E)
Area: 90,000sqkms
Capital: Male’ (Area: 1.77 sq kms)
Status: Republic
Population: 394,999 (July 2011 estimate)
Local time: +5 hrs GMT
No. of Islands: 1,190 islands
Total no. of administrative atolls: 19
No. of inhabited islands: 201
International telephone code: +960
Electricity: 240 Volts. 50 Hz
No. of resorts: 100
Liveaboards (safaris): 60
Religion: 100 % Sunni Muslims
People: Sri Lankan, Indian, African, Arab and Portuguese origins
Weather / Climate: Tropical, Warm temperatures
Temperature: 23 degrees Celsius – 31 degrees Celsius
Currency: Rufiyya (MRF, MVR or RF)
Language: Dhivehi (national language) and English (used as second    language).
Economy: tourism and tuna fisheries
Clothing: Light weight cottons and linens. Beachwear and swimsuits are confined to resorts. Nudity is forbidden.
Bank Hours: 9:00am to 3:00pm Sundays to Thursdays
Government Working Hours: 8:00am to 4:00pm Sundays to Thursdays
Tourist Seasons: Peak Season from November – April. Off-peak season from May – October (Maldives at a Glance)
Major Industries: Tourism and Fisheries
Visa: 30 DAYS on Arrival
Accepted Currencies: US$, All Major European currencies, All Major Credit Cards, Travellers Cheques, etc
Access: Via Chartered and Scheduled Flights
Local Transport: Speedboats, Dhoni, Sea Planes, Safari Cruise Vessels, Scheduled and Chartered Flights
Average Annual Rain Fall: 1948.2 mm
Clothing:Light weight Cottons and Linens
Political Status: Republic
Religion: 100% Muslim
Language:Dhivehi ( English is widely spoken )
Literacy Rate: 98.2% ( 10-45 Years age group )
Local Currency: Maldivian Ruffiya ( MRF )



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