Maldives tops the list of most visited destinations by UAE Travellers
The Maldives re-opened to travelers from 15th July. The Indian Ocean archipelago – which is hugely popular with UAE residents because:
- No quarantine period
- Do not need to show a negative Covid-19 test upon arriving in the Maldives
- Direct flights between Dubai & Male, Maldives
- 30-day tourist visa free of charge upon arrival for UAE Residents
- There’s no mandatory Covid-19 test required. However, anyone with symptoms may be tested at the airport, at their own expense.
- With regards to containing Covid-19, all travelers must fill in a health declaration card and wear face masks on flights. Hand sanitization and thermal screening would be there for safety measures at both airports.
- There will be no minimum stay required, but travelers must have a confirmed accommodation booking before traveling.
The Maldives – At a Glance
Airport: Malé Ibrahim Nasir International Airport
Time zone: GMT +5 hours
Currency: Maldivian Rufiyaa (MVR), which is a non-convertible currency, so you will not be able to exchange it outside the country. There are banks in the capital, Malé, and no ATMs at resorts, but credit cards and dollars are widely accepted
Languages: Dhivehi, but English is widely spoken
Dialing code: +960
Plug sockets: Electricity supply is 220V to 240V, 50Hz AC. The standard socket is the UK-style three-pin, but an international adaptor is wise, in case of variations
Transfers to resorts: Transfers to resorts are by speedboat, domestic flight, or seaplane, depending on location. Please note that the seaplanes operate in daylight hours only (between approx.0600-16.00).
Beaches, Food, Spa, Adventure – There’s Something for Everyone in the Maldives
The Maldives is an idyllic beach paradise. The powdery white soft sand and pristine clear blue water would be an otherworldly retreat from the buzz of your daily life.
Snorkeling, sea diving, various water sports, whale/dolphin watching – Maldives has an array of water sports and activities to choose from.
The Maldives is all about sheer indulgence – go and pamper yourself with sophisticated spa therapies and massages. Most of the resorts in the Maldives offer a complete wellness experience and have excellent sauna and spa facilities. Relax and rejuvenate in the lap of nature
The lover’s dhoni ride is a beautiful way to have a memorable time with your better half. See the beauty of early morning skies. Organized by most of the hotels and resorts, this ride will give you a chance to unravel the secrets of Maldives and become one with nature.
Sunrise above the seas and clear blue skies – these memories and experiences will last a lifetime.!
Male – the capital of Maldives has lots to offer. Go shopping at Majeedhee and Chaandanee Magu and get hands-on souvenirs and imported goods. Roam around the local markets for a sneak peek into the lifestyle of locals.
The city, with its artificial beach and tranquil environs, is beautiful and is best covered by an extensive tour.
The kids can spend their days catching hermit crabs, or snorkeling the colorful reefs. There are budding classes for cooking, painting, and much more. There are sandy pathways too for kids who prefer riding a bicycle in search of a friendly island gecko.
Last but not the least, must watch the Bodu Beru which performed pulsating drumbeats on the beach. That’s a quintessential Maldivian display of its culture and heritage.
Top 10 Must Visit Restaurants with a View in Maldives
When in the Maldives don’t miss the best restaurants that come with a stunning view. Here’s the top 10:
1. Ithaa Undersea Restaurant
Restaurant, Seafood, Fast Food, Mediterranean, Vegan, Vegetarian, Gluten-free
2. Iberry Café
Cafe, Restaurant, Tea, Fast Food, Pastries, Mediterranean
3. Kitchen by W Treat 7 Spa
Round the clock dining
5. Palace Sichuan
6. Symphony Lagoon
Bistro, Restaurant, Seafood
Restaurant, Asian, Thai, Vegetarian, Vegan
8. Seagull Cafe House
Cafe, Restaurant, Italian, Fast Food, Vegan, Vegetarian
9. Aioli Restaurant
Restaurant, Bar, European, Cocktails, Wine, Beer, Spanish
10.The Sea House
Open-air deck overlooks Malé’s harbor and the panoramic views of the beautiful Indian Ocean
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