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Maldives

Background

Maldives

The Maldives was long a sultanate, first under Dutch and then under British protection. It became a republic in 1968, three years after independence. President Maumoon Abdul GAYOOM dominated the islands' political scene for 30 years, elected to six successive terms by single-party referendums. Following riots in the capital Male in August 2004, the president and his government pledged to embark upon democratic reforms including a more representative political system and expanded political freedoms. Progress was sluggish, however, and many promised reforms were slow to be realized. Nonetheless, political parties were legalized in 2005. In June 2008, a constituent assembly - termed the "Special Majlis" - finalized a new constitution, which was ratified by the president in August. The first-ever presidential elections under a multi-candidate, multi-party system were held in October 2008. GAYOOM was defeated in a runoff poll by Mohamed NASHEED, a political activist who had been jailed several years earlier by the former regime. Challenges facing the new president include strengthening democracy and combating poverty and drug abuse. Maldives officials have been prominent participants in international climate change talks due to the islands' low elevation and the threat from sea-level rise.

About

The Maldives (Dhivehi: ދިވެހިރާއްޖެ Dhivehi Raajje) are an archipelago of 1,190 coral islands grouped into 26 coral atolls (200 inhabited islands, plus 80 islands with tourist resorts) in the Indian Ocean. They lie south-southwest of India and are considered part of Southern Asia.

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MaldivesKanuhura 

Lhaviyani Atoll
Kanuhara 07060
Maldives

Price (US$): $926 - $1386 / night

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Location. Kanuhura is located on the beach in Kanuhara's Faadhippolhu Atoll neighborhood, close to Kanuhura Beach and Kuredu Beach. Another point of interest is Palm Island Beach. Hotel Features. Recreational amenities include an outdoor pool, outdoor tennis courts, a fitness facility, a steam room, and a children's club. The property's full service health spa has body treatments, massage/treatment rooms, facials, and beauty services. This 5 star property has a 24 hour business center and… more »

MaldivesAdaaran Prestige Water Villas 

Raa Atoll
Meedhupparu
Maldives

Price (US$): $848 - $849 / night

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Location. Adaaran Prestige Water Villas is a beachfront all inclusive villa located in Meedhupparu. Property Features. This villa offers both all inclusive and room only rates. Meals and beverages at onsite dining establishments are included in all inclusive rates. Charges may be applied for dining at some restaurants, special dinners and dishes, some beverages, and other amenities. A bar/lounge is open for drinks. Room service is available 24 hours a day. The villa serves a complimentary… more »

MaldivesTaj Exotica Resort And Spa 

Emboodhu Finolhu
Emboodhu Finolhu
Maldives

Price (US$): $850 - $1430 / night

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Location. Taj Exotica Resort And Spa is located on the beach in Emboodhu Finolhu's South Male Atoll neighborhood, close to Embudu Beach. Other points of interest are Vadoo Beach and Rasmee Dhandu Stadium. Resort Features. Dining options at Taj Exotica Resort And Spa include 3 restaurants. A poolside bar and a bar/lounge are open for drinks. Room service is available 24 hours a day. Recreational amenities include an outdoor pool, a children's pool, a health club, a spa tub, and a sauna. The… more »

MaldivesBandos Island Resort & Spa 

North Male Atoll
Bandos Island 08480
Maldives

Price (US$): $330 - $919 / night

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Location. Bandos Island Resort & Spa is located on the beach in Bandos Island's North Male Atoll neighborhood, close to Bandos Beach, Kuda Bandos Beach, and Thulhagiri Beach. Other points of interest are Kurumba Beach and Extreme Maldives Watersports Centre. Resort Features. Bandos Island Resort & Spa features a coffee shop/café, a beach bar, a bar/lounge, and a swim up bar. Room service is available 24 hours a day. Recreational amenities include an outdoor pool, a children's pool, outdoor… more »

MaldivesMedhufushi Island Resort 

Meemu Atoll
Medhufushi
Maldives

Price (US$): $596 - $597 / night

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Location. Medhufushi Island Resort is a beachfront luxury resort located in Medhufushi's Mulaku Atoll neighborhood. Resort Features. Dining options at Medhufushi Island Resort include 2 restaurants. A poolside bar and a bar/lounge are open for drinks. Room service is available during limited hours. Recreational amenities include an outdoor pool and a fitness facility. The property's full service health spa has body treatments, massage/treatment rooms, and facials. Wireless Internet access… more »

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Maldives

Full name
Republic of Maldives
Capital
Malé
Location

Southern Asia, group of atolls in the Indian Ocean, south-southwest of India

Geographic coordinates

3 15 N, 73 00 E

Area comparative

about 1.7 times the size of Washington, DC

Coastline

644 km

Climate

tropical; hot, humid; dry, northeast monsoon (November to March); rainy, southwest monsoon (June to August)

Terrain

flat, with white sandy beaches

Lowest point

Indian Ocean 0 m

Highest point

unnamed location on Viligili in the Addu Atholhu 2.4 m

Natural resources

fish

Population

395,650 (July 2010 est.)

Ethnic groups

South Indians, Sinhalese, Arabs

Religions

Sunni Muslim

Languages

Maldivian Dhivehi (official) (dialect of Sinhala, script derived from Arabic), English spoken by most government officials

Government type

republic

Independence

26 July 1965 (from the UK)

National holiday

Independence Day, 26 July (1965)

Chief of state

President Mohamed "Anni" NASHEED (since 11 November 2008); Vice President Mohamed WAHEED Hassan Maniku (since 11 November 2008); note - the president is both the chief of state and head of government

Head of government

President Mohamed "Anni" NASHEED (since 11 November 2008); Vice President Mohamed WAHEED Hassan Maniku (since 11 November 2008)

Internet country code

.mv

Internet users

86,400 (2009)

Airports

5 (2010)

Ports and terminals

Male

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