Capital City: Male’ (pronounced as ‘Ma Ley’).
Location: Located in the Indian Ocean, neighboring to India and Sri Lanka. Maldives lies south-southwest of India and west of Sri Lanka.
Geography: Maldives consists of approximately 1,190 coral islands forming an archipelago of 27 atolls. These islands are spread over 90,000 square kilometer making Maldives one of a kind.
Climate: With only two monsoons. Maldives is generally humid with plenty of sunshine throughout the year. Although relatively humid, the constant sea breeze help to keep the air moving. The temperate ranges from 24C to 33C.
Population: According to last census is the year 2014, the population of Maldives is approximately 407,660 of which 338,434 are Maldivian and the rest are foreigners.
Language: Maldives has its own native language – Dhivehi. The language descended from an Indo-Aryan language and now has some similarities with English, Arabic, Hindi and Sinhalese language. The present-day script, Thaana was introduced by the reign of Mohamed Thakurufaanu and is written right to left.
Religion: Maldives identifies itself as 100 percent Muslim nation. This calls for casual but modest clothing. In Male’ or any other island in the Maldives, it is recommended for visitors to wear clothing that does not bare too much. While bikinis are only worn in the resorts, T-shirt or rash vest with shorts/pants are accepted swimwear in the inhabited island.
Business Hours: Weekdays in the Maldives are from Sunday to Thursday and the weekend falls on Friday and Saturday. Banks open from 8.00-2.00 pm and are closed on the weekends. Most shops are open from 9.00-10.00 pm while most coffee shops/restaurants are open from 9.00-12.00am.
Electricity: The electricity system is Maldives is 230-240 Volts-AC. Most sockets in Maldives are triple round-pin plugs. If you carry any other plug, visitors are advised to bring a universal adaptor.
Local Time: GMT +5 hours (DST) / HMT +4 hours (BST)
Currency: Although Dhivehi is the first-language of the Maldives, one can say English is the second-language as it is widely spoken by the Maldivians. Not only that but also, popular international languages such as French, German, Spanish, Italian, Chinese and Japanese are widely spoken at hotels and resorts. Most travelers will find themselves getting by Maldives like a breeze.