Yes, British Airways operates a direct flight from London Gatwick Airport to Malé. Flight number BA 2043 is a seasonal direct flight that flies to the capital of the Maldives in select months of the year. Taking this British Airways flight reduces the flight duration to only ten hours and thirty minutes. Please call our agents for further details. Those who can not avail this direct flight usually use a cheap Middle Eastern airline to get to Malé.
Qatar Airways is one of the most efficient and affordable airlines in the world. Qatar Airways is among the few Middle Eastern airlines that connect the UK with the Orient at a cheaper rate. The services they extend and the safety they ensure is top shelf, so many passengers from Britain choose to fly with Qatar Airways.
Travelling with Qatar Airways to Malé comes with a stopover in Doha. Therefore, the first leg of your journey would be from the UK to Doha. Fortunately, 70 flights are operating out from London alone every week, which transpires to 10 flights every day at various times. About thirty-five flights are connecting Doha to Manchester, and from Birmingham, there are 14 Qatar Airways flights throughout the week leaving for Doha.
Doha International Airport, especially for business class passengers, is packed with all sorts of amenities, including massage parlours, spas and luxury rooms. Be it a brief stopover or a long one for a truly relaxing experience, the next leg of the trip would continue from Doha onwards to Malé. There are two flights, which leave for Malé every day. One is the flight number QR 672, and the other is QR 674. The QR 672 flight takes off at 2:20 AM from Doha and arrives at Malé at 9:00 AM. QR 674, however, leaves Doha at 8:20 AM and arrives in Malé at 3 in the afternoon. Taking these timings into consideration, the shortest stopover in Doha would be possible only if you take QR 8 or QR 5942 out from London, so the next connecting flight is no more than two hours apart.
The October to November period is an incredible time to visit Malé cheaply. The temperature barely changes during the entire year –remaining in the 27° to 31° Celsius range, since the city resides in the Tropics. There are no excessively rainy spells during this time either, which makes these two months the absolute best time to come to Malé without spending much money. As most tourists save up to travel to their cities of origin to meet family and friends over the Winter holidays, the traffic to Malé weakens in the months before Christmas, keeping the hotel rooms vacant and the airline seats empty yielding cheaper fares. Planning an affordable vacation to Malé in November comes with a lot of benefits and no drawbacks.
Yes, the Velana Airport (MLE) serves the city of Malé, and it is the international gateway to the Maldives. The airport is located on an island, which has been reclaimed from the sea. The airport island is connected to the Malé residential area via a highway over the open sea. By car, the tourist can travel from the airport to central Malé in 15 minutes. The Maldives’ economy is heavily dependent on tourism, and so the government encourages many international airlines to glide their aeroplanes over the Velana International Airport.
Surrounded by the Indian Ocean and its moderating effect on the weather, the best time to come to Malé is from July to October. Not that the temperature is unpleasant in other parts of the year, but during this time the wind picks up. The mercury barely fluctuates from its mean value throughout the year. Places like Malé that have high humidity are enjoyable when the breeze continues to blow away the excess moisture from the air. Sometimes those winds bring a few drops of rain, which cleanses the sky and the land, making your stay in Malé even more delightful. The July to October time, however, is not the busiest time to Malé either. Many tourists wish to enjoy their Christmas vacations is the warming sun of Malé, making December and January a bustling time in the calendar to visit the city.
The great traveller and historian Ibn Battuta visited Malé in 1343 and discovered a vibrant culture and a thriving fishing industry. Malé has been married to the sea, which is quite evident from the landmarks built in the city over the centuries.
- The Malé Friday Mosque was first established in 1153 when the island nation converted to Islam. The first Muslim Sultan of the Maldives ordered the construction of the mosque. By the mid 17th century, the population of the island had increased to a couple of thousands making the old mosque too small for the community's use. The new building of the mosque was constructed on the same location, salvaging the relics and woodwork form the old structure. The new building was built from coral stone, which is abundantly available and easy to work with when it is wet, but becomes hard as stone when dry. The woodwork, carvings and stone masonry are beautiful representations of sea culture of the Maldives. Visit the Malé Friday Mosque and introduce yourself to the ancient spirit of Malé.
- The National Museum of the Maldives is a site where the country keeps historical artefacts. There was a time when the Maldives was enlightened by Buddhism, as can be seen in the displays at this museum. The museum exhibits also showcase the Muslim sultans of the Maldives, their crown jewels and weaponry. There are a few busts of Buddha as well that were excavated from the northern atolls of the country. Much of the collections of the museum are wooden engraving and crafts that are almost 700 years old.
- Malé Fish Market is an exciting place to be. Malé is on an atoll that is part of a larger archipelago. The coral reefs around the area become a nursery for the fish to spawn and get mature in the nutritious waters of the Indian Ocean. All of the fish caught around Malé is brought in at the fish market, where the butchers begin to dissect the catch and buyers demand for the best cuts for cheaper rates. The Malé fish market is kept squeaky clean and is washed and disinfected every day before business hours.