live and work in maldives

How to live and work in the Maldives ?

Monday, 7th November 2022

About Maldives

Maldives has 1192 beautiful flat islands where the highest natural point is 2.4 meters above the sea. The Capital of Maldives is called Male’ where the most of head offices and administrations are located, other islands are the resorts islands and local islands. The tropical weather in the Maldives and summer all the year around around with maximum temperatures of 31 degrees and minimum of 27 degrees. There is a dry season from November to April and the Wet season from End of April to October but to be honest with you it doesn’t rain much.

Living and finding job in the Maldives

So how to live in the Maldives the first thing you have to do is to find a job and to find a job usually you have to be expert or working in tourism or in resort. And once you get a job yeah then you can apply for the visa and usually the companies sponsor you and they do everything for you so you don’t have to worry too much about it. The Work Visa is electronic and the process is quick.

Maldives has more than 170 resorts and there are lots of new resorts planning to open for the next few years so if you like to come definitely there will be a lot of new opportunities coming up. Maldives has a very different lifestyle especially if you coming from the Western World or from any big city, here there is small islands in the middle of the Indian Ocean. In Maldives we don’t have any cars or any roads (except in big City Islands like Male’ or Hulhumale’ or Addu City for example) and if you like to travel between island to island you have to go whether by ferry boat or speedboat or seaplane which makes even more remote. The capital of Maldives is Male which is one of the most densely populated place on earth , it’s very crowded with lots of motorbikes and the size of Male’ it’s less than to New York City Central Park. Don’t expect to come to Male’ to do shopping and tourism. There is lot of local islands where the locals live and the life there is much more relaxed. Most of these locals they work in the tourism or guest houses or nearby resorts or even fishing and the wives they live in the local islands looking after the children. So once you come here be ready to work mostly with the with the men they are super nice people they are very relaxed very friendly and super easy to work with.

As we are living in the small islands everything is very slow very relaxed if you need to get something done don’t get frustrated everything takes is own time be prepared to do compromises. Maldives is a Muslim country so we must respect all their culture and traditions for instance and alcohol is not allowed and bikini also except if there are designated areas like bikini beaches in the local islands. Nowadays most of the local islands they have a designated bikini beach where the foreigners can go and enjoy the day at the beach without disturbing the locals. Another thing is to take in consideration is the food : don’t come here expecting to have your home delicious food and most of the food in the Maldives it’s imported so for sure they don’t be limitations.

Resort life in Maldives

And then we have the resort lives something we cannot forget is that the resorts are made exclusive for the guests so usually they are really small tiny island islands and then the guest area it’s around the island and usually the staff facilities it’s in the middle, and this staff village that’s where you can find all our accommodation.

Depending on your position you can get a shared or a private room or a single room. We have our canteen, our restaurant, our bar and volleyball court basketball court of football field and my favorite place on the island our beach our starfish but be very careful because most of the resorts the guest area is outside of the island and then the staff areas in the middle and we are not allowed to go to the guest area we are not allowed to go to the beach so every day we are seeing this beautiful water and we are not allowed to touch the water because you cannot go to the guest area I couldn’t do it.

But in our Resort we are very lucky to be here where we have our staff beach and then we can come here anytime we can go for swimming for snorkeling and enjoy our proper day in paradise. It does not mean I spend all my day here at the beach, time here is a bit limited as we all work six days a week and we have one day off and I wish to come here more often but when you are off you just relax and you live in Paradise this ocean is the best thing that you have in the Maldives are beautiful corals fishes, stingrays, manta rays, turtles you name it even you can swim with the biggest fishes the ocean the whale shark is one of the best things I’ve done in my life. You can do all the water sports activities you can snorkel diving free diving and you can surf one of the best waves on the planet.

Staff accommodation in Dusit Thani Resort

Cost of Living in Male’ Maldives

The currency in Maldives called Maldivian Rufiyaa (Rf), and 1 USD = 15.42 Rf

The life in Male’ is little expensive comparing other cities in South Asia. This is estimate living costs in Male’ and it’s important especially for families who are willing to be based in Male’ or Hulhumale’ for example.

RestaurantsEstimate CostRange
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant85.00 Rf55.00-120.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course400.00 Rf300.00-1,000.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal)137.50 Rf120.00-160.00
Domestic Non-Alcoholic Beer (0.5 liter draught)50.00 Rf25.00-250.00
Imported Non-Alcoholic Beer (0.33 liter bottle)120.00 Rf65.00-150.00
Cappuccino (regular)38.57 Rf25.00-50.00
Coke/Pepsi (0.33 liter bottle)14.71 Rf13.00-15.00
Water (0.33 liter bottle)4.86 Rf3.00-6.00
Milk (regular), (1 liter)26.62 Rf23.00-34.04
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (500g)24.38 Rf20.00-90.00
Rice (white), (1kg)13.11 Rf4.50-35.00
Eggs (regular) (12)23.33 Rf18.00-24.00
Local Cheese (1kg)140.38 Rf45.00-260.00
Chicken Fillets (1kg)60.62 Rf36.00-80.00
Beef Round (1kg) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat)123.50 Rf65.00-200.00
Apples (1kg)51.88 Rf25.00-70.00
Banana (1kg)51.25 Rf35.00-75.00
Oranges (1kg)53.75 Rf18.00-90.00
Tomato (1kg)40.56 Rf20.00-65.00
Potato (1kg)17.00 Rf15.00-30.00
Onion (1kg)16.88 Rf12.00-25.00
Lettuce (1 head)91.67 Rf30.00-130.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle)6.78 Rf6.00-10.00
Bottle of Non-Alcoholic Wine (Mid-Range)135.00 Rf75.00-500.00
Domestic Non-Alcoholic Beer (0.5 liter bottle)30.00 Rf20.00-40.00
Imported Non-Alcoholic Beer (0.33 liter bottle)225.00 Rf200.00-250.00
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro)100.00 Rf95.00-120.00
One-way Ticket (Local Transport)10.00 Rf10.00-25.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price)330.00 Rf300.00-350.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff)25.00 Rf25.00-30.00
Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff)25.00 Rf25.00-60.00
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff)125.00 Rf75.00-200.00
Gasoline (1 liter)13.57 Rf8.95-16.55
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car)700,000.00 Rf600,000.00-800,000.00
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car)550,000.00 Rf400,000.00-500,000.00
 Utilities (Monthly)
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 85m2 Apartment2,437.50 Rf2,000.00-3,200.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans)0.98 Rf0.50-1.00
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL)1,576.25 Rf850.00-2,100.00
Sports And Leisure
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult1,150.00 Rf700.00-1,800.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend)65.00 Rf30.00-100.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat127.50 Rf100.00-200.00
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child2,368.75 Rf1,650.00-3,000.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child48,000.00 Rf30,000.00-78,000.00
Clothing And Shoes
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar)779.71 Rf400.00-1,500.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, …)650.00 Rf450.00-800.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range)1,478.57 Rf650.00-2,000.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes1,271.43 Rf450.00-1,500.00
 Rent Per Month
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre13,150.00 Rf12,000.00-15,000.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre8,888.89 Rf7,000.00-12,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre26,333.33 Rf25,000.00-30,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre20,777.78 Rf17,000.00-25,000.00
 Buy Apartment Price
Price per Square Meter to Buy Apartment in City Centre36,927.82 Rf32,000.00-55,000.00
Price per Square Meter to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre35,166.69 Rf21,527.82-49,000.00
Salaries And Financing
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax)12,219.31 Rf

Local and fish Markets in Male’

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