• 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 in 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 are.
  • Official Name:
  • English: Republic of Maldives
  • Conventional Short name:
  • English: The Maldives
  • Season of Travel:
  • November through April is the peak season of tourists arriving in the country and hence reservations should be made well in advance if you are planning to travel during this period. From May to October the costs of accommodation is comparatively lower as there are relatively fewer tourist traffic during this period.
  • Clothing:
  • Dress is generally casual – T-shirts and other light cotton cloths are the most suitable. Nudity is forbidden in all areas and modest clothing of non-diaphanous material (especially for women) is recommended when visiting the capital Malé and other inhabited islands.
  • Time:
  • GMT+5hrs (But most resorts have their own time. This is generally 1 hour ahead of Male time (GMT +6).
  • Capital island:
  • Male’
  • Total islands:
  • 1,190
  • Inhabited islands:
  • 200
  • Resort islands:
  • 97
  • Nationality:
  • Maldivian
  • Population:
  • Approx. 300,000
  • Major industries:
  • Tourism and fishing
  • Currency:
  • Rufiyaa (USD 1 = MRF 14.50 approx.)
  • Electricity:
  • 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 Thursdays
  • Religion:
  • Sunni Muslim (100%)
  • Language:
  • Dhivehi – a language with its very own unique orthography and spoken exclusively by Maldivians English is used widely in commerce and education Many of the personnel employed in the tourism sector are also competent in Italian, French, Spanish, German and Japanese.
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