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Travel with SAUDIA to Malé, capital of the Maldives
First things first when you arrive at the Maldives and that’s getting off the airport island! You can hop on a dhoni, the local boat, or a speedboat heading straight to Malé, the capital on the eponymous island. If you’re planning to go island jumping and would like to see the country from the sky, there’s a fleet of air taxis at your disposal. The Maldives is the country of more than 1,200 coral islands and life here revolves around the sea. Malé fits many people onto a small space making it one of the most densely populated cities in the world. If anything is happening fast in the country, it’s happening in Malé, the nation’s administrative and bureaucratic capital. This is where the Maldives gets business done as well so a walk around the city will bring you in touch with real life here on the archipelago. Malé Friday Mosque is the city’s oldest and grandest mosque built in 1658. Built with coral boulders making it a unique example of sea culture architecture. The current structure is over the first mosque from 1153 - from when the island converted to Islam - It has been used continuously ever since.
Travel from Riyadh to Malé, Maldives
The Maldives is famous for their luxury resorts, unbelievably white sandy beaches, and abundance of easy-to-access coral reefs. Its beaches are often considered to be the best in the world and there are so many of them ringing the more than a thousand islands, the only regret you’ll have is not having days on your trip to enjoy them all. The resorts are islands on islands, and each is more luxurious than the last, although for less opulence and more island culture, you can also stay in local guesthouses. Beginners can snorkel over a glimpse of the veritable abundance of marine life; intermediate to advanced sea-lovers can scuba down into the depths of the atolls, getting closer to larger residents ranging from sharks to manta rays. At Rasdhoo Madivaru or Hammerhead Point, a bit more demanding dive, you leave the reef and the ocean drops out right from under your fins into a dark blue valley. Catching a glimpse of a hammerhead shark is worth the effort though. Their biggest cousins, whale sharks, are frequent visitors at the South Ari Atoll.