Maldives

Maldives

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The Maldives is an island country in the Indian Ocean. It lies southwest of India and Sri Lanka. The chain of twenty six atolls stretches from Ihavandhippolhu Atoll in the north to the Addu Atoll in the south. Comprising a territory spanning roughly 90,000 square kilometres (35,000 sq mi), the Maldives is one of the world’s most geographically dispersed countries, as well as the smallest Asian country by both land area and population, with a little over over 393,500 inhabitants. Malé is the capital and largest city, traditionally called the “King’s Island” for its central location.

The Maldives archipelago is located atop the Chagos-Maldives-Laccadive Ridge, a vast submarine mountain range in the Indian Ocean, which also forms a terrestrial ecoregion, together with the Chagos and the Lakshadweep. With an average ground-level elevation of 1.5 metres (4 ft 11 in) above sea level, it is the world’s lowest country, with even its highest natural point being the lowest in the world, at 2.4 metres (7 ft 10 in). Due to the subsequent risks posed by rising sea-levels, the government has pledged to make the Maldives a carbon-neutral country by 2019.

The Maldives have been historically and culturally linked to the Indian subcontinent since the fourth century BCE. The Maldivian archipelago was Islamised in the 12th century and consolidated as a sultanate, developing strong commercial and cultural ties with Asia and Africa. From the mid 16th-century, the region came under the increasing influence of colonial powers, with the Maldives becoming a British protectorate in 1887. Independence from the United Kingdom was achieved in 1965 and a presidential republic was established in 1968 with an elected People’s Majlis. The ensuing decades have been characterised by political instability, efforts at democratic reform, and environmental challenges posed by climate change.

The Maldives is a founding member of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC). It is also a member of the United Nations, the Commonwealth of Nations, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation and the Non Aligned Movement. The World Bank classifies the Maldives as having an upper middle income economy. Fishing has historically been the dominant economic activity, and remains the largest sector by far, followed by the rapidly growing tourism industry. Along with Sri Lanka, it is one of only two South Asian countries rated “high” on the Human Development Index (HDI), with its per capita income the highest among SAARC nations.


Country Maldives
Baros Maldives

Baros Maldives

Kaafu Atoll, Maldives
Hypnotic TurQuoise Vistas. Baros Maldives luxury hotel resort is a small coral island in the Indian More info
Cheval Blanc Randheli

Cheval Blanc Randheli

Randheli Noonu Atoll, 11111 Manadhoo, Maldives
Experience World-class Service at Cheval Blanc Randheli Cheval Blanc Randheli.Hidden by lush vegeta More info
Constance Halaveli | Maldives

Constance Halaveli | Maldives

Alifu Alifu Atoll, Maldives
Constance Halaveli. Luxurious hideaway, intimate and magical setting; choose from one of the 57 Wate More info
Constance Moofushi | Maldives

Constance Moofushi | Maldives

Alifu Atoll, Maldives
Constance MoofushiThe Jewel Island Barefoot chic, villas on dazzling white sand or on stilts that fl More info
Four Seasons Resort | Maldives

Four Seasons Resort | Maldives

Maldives
Experience the natural world in a luxurious resort setting. Immerse yourself in the pristine tropica More info
JA Manafaru | Maldives

JA Manafaru | Maldives

Dhidhdhoo, Maldives
JA Manafaru. This is JA Manafaru, where couples can celebrate in paradise and where families can enj More info
Niyama Private Islands Maldives

Niyama Private Islands Maldives

Maldives
Niyama Private Islands Maldives. Double your pleasure. With twin islands Play and Chill, PER AQUUM N More info
Per Aquum Huvafen Fushi | Maldives

Per Aquum Huvafen Fushi | Maldives

Maldives
This is how the dream starts at one of the iconic Maldives luxury resorts. Soaring over the sea, gaz More info
Sheraton Maldives Full Moon and Spa Resort | Maldives

Sheraton Maldives Full Moon and Spa Resort | Maldives

Maldives
Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort & Spa. The excellent Sheraton hospitality needs no introduct More info