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Maldives is the jewel of Indian Ocean. A destination famous among newly married couples, water sport enthusiasts,laid back travellers, luxury seeking tourists and nature lovers. Maldives’s speciality is white sandy beaches, blue ocean, and clean air. Along with various types of watersports.
Maldives is located in Arabian Sea, part of the Indian ocean, It lies between latitudes 1°S and 8°N, and longitudes 72° and 74°E. The closest neighbor is India and Sri lanka with distance more than 1000 kms. It is an archipelago, majorly made of corals called Atolls. Around 26 atolls, in the form of chain, starting from Ihavandhippolhu Atoll in the north to the Addu City in the south form the Republic of Maldives. The geographical span of Maldives is around roughly 298 square kilometres (115 sq mi), which is among the smallest nations in the World and smallest Asian country, both by land area and population. The population of Maldives is around 427,756 inhabitants. Also with respect to elevation, it is the lowest in the world, with average 1.5 meters above sea levels. Due to these natural limitations, Maldives suffers greatly from Global Warming and is estimated that by 2100, it will be totally uninhabitable.
Demographically, the population of Maldives is less than a million, around 427,756. Among which ethnically majority of them are Dhivehis i.e Maldivians. These same ethnicity is common in Lakshadweep island, which is part of India. Both, Maldives and Lakshadweep island have common language and cultures. Also, apart from Maldivians, small amount of Tamil population is assimilated in Maldives.
The official religion of Maldives is Islam. Nearly 98 % population practised islam. It was introduced in 12th century by Arab traders and hence now is a Islamic country.The religion of Islam is so deeply ingrained, that it is mandatory for adherence to Islam for citizenship. Very small population of other religion is present, but these population is fluctuating as they usually come for commerce or visit purposes.
Male is the Capital city. It is also the most populous city of Maldives with a population of 133,412. It is also called “ Kings Island”. Male is also one of most densely populated city in the world.One of the atolls with an area of 5.8 sq. kms. Administratively, the city consists of a central island, an airport island, and two other islands governed by the Malé City Council.
The central part of the city of highly urbanised, as majority of commercial activities in concentrated in Male. Also International Airport - Velana International Airport , is located nearby. Also Male is the centre of Maldivian politics and administration.International tourists arrive in Male for their visit to Maldives.
Maldives economy is based upon Tourism , accounting for 28% of GDP and more than 60% of the Maldives foreign exchange receipts. Over 90% of government tax revenue comes from import duties and tourism-related taxes.
Tourism is the main source of income and employment in Maldives. It is famous for white beaches, blue water, coral reefs and fresh clean air.
Medical tourism in Maldive is one rise, but the outbound one. Maldives prefer India as their preferred destination for medical treatment as ease of medical Visa, Quality healthcare and affordable cost along with low cost on travel.
High Commission of India, Male, Maldives
Address: Athireege Aage, Ameeru Ahmed Magu, Henveiru, Male – 2025, Maldives
Telephone: 00960-3323015 , 00960-3323016 / 3307
Email: hoc.male mea.gov.in
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