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Culture and Attractions

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Culture and Attractions

Maldivians are very peaceful and hospitable people. Over 200,000 people reside in this small nation. The older generation follows a traditional way of life, whereas the younger generation embraces modern western trends. This difference is easily evident in their choice of dress and music.

Islam is the focus of the Maldivian life in every respect, with all being Sunni Muslims. Prayers are conducted five times a day in all mosques on every inhabited island. The golden dome of the Islamic centre dominates the skyline of Malé.

The capital island Malé is a twenty minute speedboat trip away from the resort and is unique in every way. Small and sufficient, this 1.2 mile (2 km.) long by .62 mile (1 km.) wide island, with a population of 70,000, is the busiest island in the Maldives. It is also one of the most densely populated capital cities in the world.

Malé has a remarkable blend of modernism and traditional Maldivian culture. It is a popular place for shopping, with both local and handicrafted souvenirs and general merchandise available in a lavish variety.

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