Maldive is one of the most popular holiday destinations in the world. It is a wonderful tropical island that features white sandy beaches, azure seawater, and exotic colorful coral reef. Private beach huts are the best option at this tropical paradise lying in the Indian Ocean. Maldive is one of the most beautiful beaches in the world and has several interesting realities that no one tells you about.
Here are the 15 most interesting fun facts about the Maldives you must know.
15 Interesting Fun Facts About the Maldives
1- An Underwater Cabinet Meeting
Yes, you heard right! In 2009, Mohomed Nasheed the president of Maldives organised an underwater cabinet meeting to raise awareness about the dangers the ocean of the world are facing. And how humans are interfacing in the freshwater resource.
2- Flattest Country In The World
Without a doubt, Maldives is the flattest country in the world. It has an average altitude of 1.8 metres from sea level. The closest rival to this claim is Qatar, which has an average height of 28 metres. That is, 26.2 metres more! The Maldives is really flat. Indeed, the highest point in the entire country is 2.3 m, at one point on the island of Villingili.
3- It Has A Strict Constitution
According to the Maldives constitution, only Muslims are allowed as citizens of the country. Apart from Islam, any individual from another religion is not allowed.
4- The Indian Connection To Maldives
One of the interesting facts about the Maldives is that it was founded by the Indian prince who was sent to exile. In 270 BC, an Indian prince was sent from the kingdom of Kalinga as a punishment to run over the islands of Maldives.
5- Maldives Has A Different Weekend
The Maldives doesn’t recognise Saturday and Sunday as the weekend, but Fridays and Saturdays. So, don’t be surprised when you people are working on Sunday.
6- Maldives Base Religion
The Maldives was founded by the Indian King, but later Maldives adopt Islam in 1153 A.D., which is now an official religious country in the world. It means the following law is related to Islam. For example, except for clubs and resorts alcohol is not allowed.
7- Maldivian Flag
The Flag of the Maldives consists of a green rectangular in the middle with a crescent moon on it and enclosed by a red rectangle. The red colour represents the sacrifice of the people who lost their lives in protecting the country. The green colour represents peace and prosperity and the crescent moon represent Islam.
8- White Beaches Of Maldives
The Maldives has white sands not yellow because the sand on the beaches is made up of coralline. This kind of sand is rare and found in only 5% of beaches.
9- It Is Mostly Cloudy In Maldives
The seasons in the Maldives are dominated by two: the winter northeast monsoon i.e. from November to March and the rainy Southwest summer monsoon i.e. from June to August. Guess what? It is always raining in the Maldives.
10- Turtle In Maldives
The Maldives is a diverse country when it comes to biological diversity. This country hosts 5 of the 7 species of marine turtles in the world, including Olive Ridley turtles, the loggerhead, the leatherback, the green turtle and the hawksbill.
11- It Is Safest According Popular Opinion
Here’s an awesome fact about the Maldives that will make you want to visit this island. In the international community, the Maldives is considered to be one of the safest holiday destinations in the world.
12- The Maldives Is Sinking
Because of less average heights, and other factors including rising sea levels and increasing land erosion. The Maldives is sinking into the ocean rapidly. Strict laws are being made to prevent this. But if the sinking continues at the current rate, Maldives will be completely submerged by 2030.
13- The Currency Of Maldives
In the olden days, cowry shells were used as currency and are still found in the Maldives. The locals have recognised this older currency and displayed it on the modern currency bills.
14- The Coconut Tree
The coconut tree is one of the symbols used to represent the Maldives. And this is a good reason for this. In the Maldives, the coconut tree provides shade on beaches as well as its woods are strong enough to build traditional boats.
15- Maldives Boats
Nowadays, these traditional Maldives boats are used for travelling as well as for fishing on the sea. The shape of these boats is inspired by the ancient Arabic sailing dhow. It is commonly used as a sailor ship in the Indian Ocean around the 11th century.
These are the interesting fun facts about the Maldives. The country is 298 sq. Km and house of the 1000 islands. So, what are you waiting for?