Maldives is a country of more than a thousand islands spread over 90,000 sq km (34,749 sq mi) located south of India and Sri Lanka in the Indian Ocean. The Maldives islands are scattered in a chain like formation consisting of 26 atolls, a ring-like coral reef surrounding a lagoon.
The Maldives has been a melting pot of different cultures as people from different parts of the world first settled on the islands. Some of the local music, dance and cuisine have East African and South Asian influence. The largest cities include the capital of Malé and Hulhumalé, both of which offer numerous accommodation, although in high demand. There is continuous construction to accommodate the growing nation.
Maldives is a Muslim country and practices the holy month of Ramazan (sometimes known as Ramadan). During this month, practicing Muslims adhere to specific guidelines in public during sunrise and sunset. Not all residents are required to adhere to these practices, but should be respectful of those practicing, such as being mindful of eating in front of colleagues.
Maldives has excellent health care and hygiene awareness by regional standards. Prior to travel, it is advised to visit your doctor and retrieve the necessary vaccinations for the destination. The academic year runs from January to November, and schools follow the British curriculum.