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Did You Know These 10 Interesting Facts About The Maldives?

    

The Maldives is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world and is blessed by the gods of the oceans. Tourists from all over the globe, visit the Maldives for a relaxing holiday amidst white sandy beaches, turquoise water, and colorful coral reefs. The luxurious resorts, over-the-water bungalows, amazing aquatic life, The Maldives is no less than a paradise island.

Even if the Maldives is in your bucket-list and a dream travel destination, still there are some interesting facts about this country that you may not know. For instance, weekends in the Maldives is on Friday and Saturday, unlike other countries. Here’s a list of 10 interesting facts about the tropical paradise that you may not know.

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1. The Maldives has over 1190 coral islands, grouped in twenty-six major atolls

Did You Know These 10 Interesting Facts About The Maldives? -2 The Maldives has more than 1190 coral islands in twenty-six atolls arranged vertically from north to south direction in the Indian Ocean. All these islands are only 1% of the total territory of the country, the rest 99% is water. Of the 1,190 islands in the Maldives, only 200 are inhabited and most of the inhabited islands host luxury and private resorts. The rest of the islands are either too small to sustain life or too distant.

2. The country with the lowest average elevation in the world

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The Maldives owns the record of having the lowest average elevation in the world of only 1.5 meters above sea level. Even its highest natural point is the lowest in the world only 5.1 meters above sea level. Although it is an interesting fact but is also a major problem and a national security issue for the Maldives. The low-lying country posses the threat of submerging in the ocean and coral reef deterioration due to the rising sea level because of climate change and global warming.

3. World’s First Underwater Cabinet Meeting was Held Here

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Climate change and global warming is an existential threat for the Maldives. To address this issue, Maldives is vocal in many international platforms. For drawing attention about the rising sea level, in 2009, the then president Mohamed Nasheed and the cabinet of the Maldives held an underwater meeting, making the Maldives the first country in the world to hold a governmental meeting on scuba. The meeting was to discuss various issues such as sustainable tourism, decreasing, carbon footprint and establishment of eco-friendly resorts.

4. The smallest Muslim nation in the world

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The Maldives is the smallest country in Asia and is also the world’s smallest Muslim country. Their constitution specifies that the citizens of the Maldives have to be Muslim. That said since it’s a Muslim country you’re required to wear modest clothes in public areas and inhabited islands, at a minimum, your shoulders and thighs should be covered. Swimsuits and bikinis are allowed on resorts and private islands.

5. Alcohol is prohibited everywhere except the resorts

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The Maldives is an Islamic country and as per the Islamic laws, alcohol is prohibited for the local population and you are also not allowed to bring alcohol into the country, but thankfully, it is free flowing in the major resorts and private islands. Along with alcohol, as per the Islamic belief, pork is also illegal in the Maldives. Make sure you drink your cocktails in the resort’s property as carrying it in public is also not allowed. Nudity and topless sunbathing are not allowed in the Maldives, even if you are on the private beach of your resort, it is not just culturally offensive but also a punishable offense.

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6. Home Of Whale Sharks

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The world’s biggest fish, Whale Sharks, has made the Maldives its home. The Maldives is one of the few places on Earth where Whale sharks can be seen throughout the year. Because they pose no real harm to humans, diving with them has become very popular. The presence of whale sharks and manta rays makes the Maldives an ideal destination for snorkelers.

7. Maldives coin and money

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The ancient form of currency used in the Maldives was cowry shells and they were traded in this manner even during the 13th century. Impressions of cowry shell are still seen on the country’s currency, it is to pay tribute to the money of yesteryears.

8. Symbolic flag of the Maldives

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The flag of the Maldives is of great significance. It consists of a large red rectangle with a smaller green rectangle within and in the center, there is a white crescent moon. The red rectangle represents the boldness of national heroes, their courage to sacrifice every drop of blood for their nation. The green signifies peace and prosperity. The white crescent moon is the symbol of the Islamic faith.

9. Amusing aquatic fauna

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Scuba diving and snorkeling are major tourist attractions of Maldives because of Maldives’ rich fauna. Throughout the year, one can spot many species of dolphins and whale near the coral reefs. Tourists can spot real killer whales, false killer whales, dwarf sperm whales, bottlenose dolphins, striped and spotted dolphins as well as pilot whales. Aside from these, Maldives is popular for whale shark encounters. Napoleon wrasse and reef shark, and large sea turtles are also relatively common.

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10. The country was founded by an exiled Indian prince

Due to the lack of archaeological evidence, the exact date of formation of the Maldives is not known. It is believed that the Maldives was first colonized by an exiled Indian prince, Soorudasaruna Adeettiya, the son of the ruler of Kalinga kingdom of India. When he was sent to Dheeva Maari( ancient name of the Maldives), he established the first dynasty of the Maldives, the Solar dynasty or the Kingdom of Adeetta Vansa.

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