to wear: Dress is generally casual, and T-shirts
and cotton clothing are most suitable. In Male', the
capital island, and in other inhabited islands, it is
recommended that you wear modest, non-revealing clothes.
This is about 0.3 million, according to the 1997 estimate.
The origin of the Maldivians is lost in antiquity, but
history reveals that the islands have been populated
for more than 5,000 years. According to some observers,
travellers who explored the world in reed ships discovered
A proud history and rich culture evolved from the time
of the first settlers, who were from various parts of
the world and came here while travelling the seas in
ancient times. The Maldives has been a melting pot of
different cultures as people from different parts of
the world came here and settled down. Some of the local
music and dance, for instance, show African influences,
with the beating of drums, and songs in a language that
is not known to any, but certainly represents that of
East African countries.