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Halal Tourism in Maldives

Oct 2014

The Maldives Islands or more commonly known as Maldives has always been known as a romantic getaway for honeymooners. With hundreds of remote ‘resort islands’, Maldives offers a private and personalized holiday like no other. It is home to secluded beaches, fresh seafood, beautiful lagoons, friendly people and a number of water sports, making it a perfect destination to unwind, relax and to have some fun. Individuals come from all over the world to dive in the beautiful waters of the Maldives. Visitors are also able to indulge in world-class Maldivian spa treatments offered at pretty much every resort in the Maldives.

Located in the Indian Ocean, Maldives is home to a huge population of Muslims. 98.4% of its population is made up of Muslims, ensuring the wide availability of mosques and Halal food at all inhabited islands. The island nation is home to around 725 mosques in total, with about 266 of them offering facilities for women as well. Masjid-al Sultan Mohamed Thakurufaanu-al-A'z'am, or The Grand Friday Mosque is considered to be the main mosque in Maldives.

According to CrescentRating, the beautiful island of Maldives received over 27,000 Muslim visitors in 2004. By 2013, this number drastically increased to 73,000 and it is increasingly becoming one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world.

Muslims are now finding that the facilities and privacy they require can be found at numerous resorts. It is prohibited by the law to serve any alcohol, pork or non Halal products at all inhabited islands of Maldives. The inhabited islands are home to over 200 establishments that offer Halal products, and travellers are advised to maintain a modest dress code that is in accordance with the Islamic culture of Maldives.

Most resorts are located on different islands and can only be reached via boat or sea plane. The resorts offer secluded villas, some even offer private beaches and pools that are ideal for Muslim women and families. The guest house market at inhabited islands is also the fastest growing tourism market in Maldives.

Lastly, apart from being a fabulous honeymoon destination, the island nation of Maldives also makes a great family-friendly destination. With so much to do and see, Maldives offers something for everyone!

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