The Maldives

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Few places on earth are as beautiful or as endangered as The Maldives.

The island nation holds the title of the lowest elevated country in the world during a time of rising sea levels – certainly a dubious honour. In fact, the nation’s former president, Mohamed Nasheed, has grimly predicted: “If carbon emissions continue at the rate they are climbing today, my country will be underwater in seven years.”

With the highest mountain soaring to a height of just 2.4 metres and 80% of the country less than one metre above sea level, this land of 1192 coral fringed islands seems destined to succumb to a tragic fate.

In 2008 its own government even looked at purchasing new land in India, Sri Lanka and Australia for the resettlement of its people. 

The capital city of Male is home to one third of the population – crammed onto an island just six square kilometres in size. Ironically though, the Maldives’ other claim to fame is that it’s the world’s most dispersed country, with it’s 26 atolls spread over 90,000 square kilometres of pristine ocean.

You can visit The Maldives and experience its beauty for yourself with Emirates offering fares from $1583.