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Maldives: The Taj Exotica Resort & Spa

06/05/2012

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Taj Exotica Resort & Spa_http://www.booking.com/hotel/mv/taj-exotica-resort-spa.html?aid=307415PO Box 2117 South Male Atoll, South Male Atoll 08480, Maldives
+960 664-2200

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Maldives (/ˈmɒldaɪvz/ or /ˈmɒldiːvz/), (Dhivehi: ދިވެހިރާއްޖެ, Dhivehi Raa’je), officially Republic of Maldives (Dhivehi: ދިވެހިރާއްޖޭގެ ޖުމްހޫރިއްޔާ, Dhivehi Raa’jeyge Jumhooriyya), also referred to as the Maldive Islands, is an island nation in the Indian Ocean formed by a double chain of twenty-six atolls oriented north-south off India’s Lakshadweep Islands, between Minicoy Island and Chagos Archipelago.
It stands in the Laccadive Sea, about 700 kilometres (430 mi) south-west of Sri Lanka and 400 kilometres (250 mi) south-west of India.
During the colonial era, the Dutch referred to the country as “Maldivische Eilanden” in their documentation, while “Maldive Islands” is the anglicised version of the local name used by the British, which later came to be written “Maldives“.

The archipelago is located on top of the Chagos-Maldives-Laccadive Ridge, a vast submarine mountain range in the Indian Ocean. Maldives also form a terrestrial ecoregion together with the Chagos and the Lakshadweep.
The atolls of Maldives encompass a territory spread over roughly 90,000 square kilometres (35,000 sq mi), making it one of the world’s most geographically dispersed countries. Its population of 328,536 (2012) inhabits 200 of its 1,192 islands.
Maldives’ capital and largest city Malé had a population of 103,693 in 2006. It is located at the southern edge of North Malé Atoll, in the Kaafu Atoll. It is also one of the Administrative divisions of the Maldives. Traditionally it was the King’s Island where the ancient Maldive Royal dynasties were enthroned.

Maldives is the smallest Asian country in both population and land area. With an average ground level of 1.5 metres (4 ft 11 in) above sea level, it is the planet’s lowest country.
It is also the country with the lowest natural highest point in the world, at 2.4 metres (7 ft 10 in); the Maldives’ forecast inundation is a great concern for the Maldivian people.

Islam is the official religion of the Maldives and open practice of any other religion is forbidden and liable to prosecution. Article 2 of the revised constitution says that the republic “is based on the principles of Islam.” Article nine says that “a non-Muslim may not become a citizen“; Article ten says that “no law contrary to any principle of Islam can be applied”. Article nineteen states that “citizens are free to participate in or carry out any activity that is not expressly prohibited by sharia [Islamic law] or by the law.”

The Maldives ranks high on the list of governments that restrict religious freedom. In 2011, a mob destroyed a monument with an engraved image of the Buddha in it. In 2012, 35 Buddhist and Hindu artifacts from the 6th century BC were destroyed from the Maldives’ National Museum by suspected Muslim extremists. Ali Waheed (the director of National Museum of the Maldives) stated: “The collection was totally, totally smashed. The whole pre-Islamic history is gone.” Pieces destroyed, included the “Bohomala sculptures, Hanuman statues, and a sculpture of the Hindu water god, Makara. The two five-faced statues from Male were also brutally damaged. This five-faced male was the only remaining archaeological evidence of a Buddhist era in Maldives and it too was destroyed, completely destroying any true history of the country. In addition an 11th century coral stone of the Lord Buddha was also wiped out.

Outside the service industry, Malé is the only location where the foreign and domestic populations are likely to interact.
The tourist resorts are not on islands where the natives live, and casual contacts between the two groups are discouraged.

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