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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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MaldivesKurumba Maldives 

North Male Atoll
Vihamanafushi
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Price (US$): $250 - $900 / night

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Location. Kurumba Maldives is located on the beach in Vihamanafushi's North Male Atoll neighborhood, close to Kurumba Beach, Extreme Maldives Watersports Centre, and Orofini Jewellery. Other points of interest near this luxury resort include Full Moon Beach and Boutique by Island Breeze. Resort Features. Dining options at Kurumba Maldives include a coffee shop/café and a snack bar/deli. A poolside bar and a bar/lounge are open for drinks. Room service is available 24 hours a day. A… more »

MaldivesBanyan Tree Vabbinfaru 

North Male Atoll
Vabbinfaru
Maldives

Price (US$): $1210 - $1295 / night

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Location. Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru is located on the beach in Vabbinfaru's North Male Atoll neighborhood, close to Vabbininfaru Beach and Angsana Beach. Other points of interest are Thulhagiri Beach and Bandos Beach. Resort Features. Dining options at Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru include 2 restaurants. A bar/lounge is open for drinks. Room service is available 24 hours a day. Recreational amenities include a sauna, a 24 hour fitness facility, and a steam room. The property's full service health spa… more »

MaldivesConstance Halaveli Maldives 

Alifu Alifu Atoll
Halaveli 09130
Maldives

Price (US$): $1172 - $1837 / night

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Location. Constance Halaveli Maldives is located on the beach in Halaveli's North Ari Atoll neighborhood and local attractions include Maaya Thila. Regional points of interest also include Fish Head Dive Site and Gaathafushi Island. Resort Features. Recreational amenities include an outdoor pool, an outdoor tennis court, a spa tub, a sauna, and a fitness facility. The property's full service health spa has body treatments, massage/treatment rooms, facials, and beauty services. Complimentary… more »

MaldivesLUX Maldives 

South Ari Atoll
Dhidhoofinolhu Island
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Price (US$): $576 - $1485 / night

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Location. LUX Maldives is located on the beach in Dhidhoofinolhu Island's South Ari Atoll neighborhood, close to Dhidhoofinolhu Marina. Resort Features. LUX Maldives features a poolside bar and a snack bar/deli. Room service is available 24 hours a day. The resort serves buffet breakfasts each morning (surcharges apply). Recreational amenities include 2 outdoor swimming pools. Also located on site are a children's pool, a spa tub, a sauna, a fitness facility, and a steam room. The property's… more »

MaldivesCoco Bodu Hithi 

04-01 STO Trade Centre
Orchid Magu
Bodu Hithi 20188
Maldives

Price (US$): $1204 - $1917 / night

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Location. Coco Bodu Hithi is located on the beach in Bodu Hithi's North Male Atoll neighborhood and local attractions include Madivaru Beyru Dive Site. Regional points of interest also include Vabbininfaru Beach and Angsana Beach. Resort Features. Coco Bodu Hithi features a restaurant and a bar/lounge. Room service is available. Recreational amenities include an outdoor pool and a sauna. The property's full service health spa has body treatments, massage/treatment rooms, facials, and beauty… 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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