The Maldives' economy has been growing at an
annual average of 8% for the past two decades.
Tourism is the main industry, contributing close to 40% of the GDP. Fisheries, trade and
construction follow close behind. The Maldivian economy is regarded as exemplary in the
region and welcomes foreign investment. The GDP per capita currently stands at around
US$ 2,300.00, which is a figure much higher than any other South Asian economy.
Women have equal access to education and jobs and they play a vital role in island communities
and in their families. Women's contribution to the national development effort is significant.
They hold key positions in the civil service and the private sector.
A married woman keeps her maiden name, can do business and acquire property in her name.
A specific government ministry, the Ministry of Women's Affairs is designated to oversee
the development of women in the country.
Rufiyaa and Laaree – 100 Larees for one
Rufiyaa US Dollar is the main foreign currency. One US $ is
equal to 12.75 Rufiyaa- payments in hotels and resorts can
be made by travelers cheques or credit cards. Commonly used
credit cards are VISA, Master Card, Diners Club, JCB and
From Sunday to Thursday 7.30 to 14.30 in
the Govt. Sector and 9-5 in rpiuvate sector – week end falls
on Friday and Saturday.
are available inn all inhabited islands of Maldives. IDD
facilities are available in all resorts – Tele communication
Company provides mobile phones for daily rental and they are
the internal providers in the country.
visa is required to enter Maldives except for a valid
international passport. Entry permit will be granted to
visitors on arrival. Free 30 days visa upon arrival for all