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 News - 21-Jun-2017

Interesting Facts About The Maldives

When you think about your ideal island holiday destination, the Maldives is bound to pop into your mind’s eye. But there is more to this island republic than just the sea, sand, and sun. Here are some interesting facts about the Maldives that you probably never knew. Basics First

The Maldives is officially called the Republic of Maldives and has a rich history dating back to about 256BC. Much of its history has been lost, but its recent events and historical moments are now being meticulously recorded.

One of the most historical moments in the Maldives is that the world’s first underwater cabinet meeting was held in the republic. President Mohammed Nasheed held the meeting underwater to draw attention to several environmental issues that the island was facing. All the cabinet ministers donned scuba gear and desks were sunk to the bottom of the ocean for them to sit at.

The official language of the country is Dhivehi and its population totals a little under 400,000. The official religion of the country is Islam; it must be noted that no other religion movement is tolerated among the domestic population by the government. It is also happens to be the smallest Muslim country in the world. Tourists are expected to observe the rules and rituals of the main festival of Ramadan in the Maldives, and alcohol can only be served in hotels and resorts and not be taken off the premises of the resort or hotel. No alcohol is allowed to be stored or served anywhere else on any of the islands.

Weekends comprise of Friday and Saturday in the Maldives – not Saturday and Sunday as we are used to in the West.

Some Interesting Facts

The capital of the Maldives is Malè. This island is only 1 mile long and 0.6 miles wide but it houses 100,000 people. This fact makes the island the most densely populated of the country.

Maldivians used to build their houses from coral. Since coral reefs are now protected worldwide, this practice has obviously stopped, but older, coral houses can still be seen dotted around the islands.

The country is the lowest and flattest in the world, being on average only about 1.5 meters above sea level; its highest point is on Villingili Island at 2.3 meters. As the country is so flat, there are fears that the islands will eventually sink into the ocean because of climate change-related issues.

There are additionally many more amazing facts about the nature and geography of this astounding country, so it is well worth a visit.

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