Did you know that our classic weekend, Saturday and Sunday, is not the same in the Maldives? The Maldives weekend starts on Friday and ends on Saturday. So it's quite common for people to work on Sundays here.
The sun in the Maldives shines at almost a 90 degree angle, this is due to the location of the Maldives very close to the equator. So make sure you wear sunscreen with SPF 50+ protection when holidaying in this tropical paradise. The weather in the Maldives is divided into two parts, November to March is dominated by the winter northeast monsoon season and June to August by the rainy monsoon season.
The Maldives is popular for its white sandy beaches. The white colour of the sand is caused by coraline, which unlike quartz (yellow sand) creates a rare type of white sand. This type of sand is found on only 5% of all beaches in the world.
Another useful fact about the Maldives is the low crime rate. The Maldives is considered one of the safest countries in the world. The low crime rate is due to the islands being isolated and small, they are easy to police. This fact will be appreciated by all those interested in visiting these beautiful islands.
The Maldives is the most flat country in the world. The average altitude is just 1.8 metres above sea level. Qatar is the second flattest country in the world, but its average height is 26 metres higher.