One of the most popular holiday destinations in the world, Maldives is a wonderful tropical island that boasts of white sandy beaches, azure sea waters and exotic, colorful coral reefs. This wonderland island has several interesting realities that you may not know. Here are 5 interesting curiosities about Maldives:
1. It is The Lowest and Flattest Nation in The World
The ground level of Maldives Island on an average is at 1.5 meters and the highest point is at a particular spot in the Villingili Island, that is at 2.3 meters, which is the lowest on the earth.
2. World’s First Underwater Cabinet Meeting was Held Here
For an island country like Maldives, drastic climate change and rising level of oceans is a major threat. A number of islands have already been cleared because of the rising waters in the ocean and their interference in fresh water resources. For drawing attention towards the same, Mohamed Nasheed, The President, transferred the cabinet meeting of October 2009 right to the ocean’s bottom.
President along with his 13 government officials adorned scuba gears and placed themselves on the desks that were sunk at the sea bottom in order to increase attentiveness about the threats that the island chains are facing.
3. Alcohol is Available Only in Resorts and Hotels
Maldives is an Islamic country, the visiting tourists are also expected to follow as well as respect their traditions while visiting it. Alcohol can be consumed only in hotels and resorts as it is prohibited everywhere else. Taking it away from the premises of the resort is also not allowed.
Importing alcohol, pork as well as pork products is illegal as per Muslim beliefs. In The Ramadan month, even tourists are expected to stick to Muslim customs, such as shunning drinking, smoking and eating during the day hours.
4. In Maldives, Friday and Saturday mean Weekend unlike any other Nation
While in most of the countries on the globe, weekend means Saturday and Sunday, it is not so in Maldives. Weekend here is Friday and Saturday.
5. World’s Smallest Muslim Country
Maldives is not only the smallest country in Asia but it also the world’s smallest Muslim country that is popular for its religious intolerance. Written in the year 1997, The Maldives Constitution states that that its citizens must be Muslim, particularly and clearly forbidding following of any other religion.
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