Male’ is really the only place you have to worry about business hours in the Maldives, the resorts being far more flexible in these terms with hoards needing to be catered for.
The working week elsewhere in the Maldives runs from Sunday to Thursday. Friday and to a lesser extent Saturday are rest days and it’s advisable to avoid Male’ and local islands on Fridays as they become like ghost towns. On work days, businesses operate from 8am or 9am until 5pm or 6pm, but this varies. Shops in Male’ will often stay open until around 10pm or 11pm, and some will shut in the heat of the afternoon – from midday until 3pm or thereabouts. Nearly all Male’ businesses stop several times a day for prayers, which can be frustrating for shoppers, as businesses suddenly close up for about half an hour. Most banks in Male’ are open from about 8am to 1.30pm, Sunday to Thursday, or 9.30am to 12.30pm during Ramazan.
Government offices are open Sunday to Thursday from 7.30am to 2pm. During Ramazan, hours are from 9am to 1.30pm.
Teashops can open very early or close very late. During Ramazan the places where locals eat will probably be closed during daylight hours, but will bustle after dark.
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