Maldives – a paradise for dream vacations

A tropical destination with transparent lagoons and house reefs, the Maldives are often described as the “stunning emerald jewel” of the Indian Ocean. It’s no surprise then that the country’s pristine beauty is a key factor in its success as one of the world’s most popular holiday destinations.

Ancient settlements in the Maldives date back to around 500 BC, based on archeological evidence, and many Maldivian customs and superstitious beliefs continue to influence daily life here. It is believed that early Maldivians migrated from the Indian subcontinent.

Despite its remoteness, the Maldives are a developed nation with a robust infrastructure and an impressive economy. Tourism is a major source of revenue for the country and is the primary focus.

The government is ruled by the president, who is elected for five years. A unicameral legislature, the Majlis of the Maldives, is based on Islamic law and has 87 members.

Maldivian culture is a blend of influences from many regions in the Indian Ocean. A wide range of music, dance and traditions are still practiced in the Maldives.

Traditional foods are a staple in the Maldivian diet and are mainly made from fish. Garudhiya is a fish broth prepared with chilies, onions and lemon juice. Rihaakuru is a brown paste made from concentrated fish stock and served with roshi (chapati).

Kuliboakibaa or fish cake has been a staple of the Maldivian diet for generations and is a dish most commonly eaten during festive occasions.

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