Neighbourhood near Mookai Suites Hotel

Malé is the capital city of Maldives and is considered to be the business hub of the country. Despite being densely populated, the city is known for its immaculately clean streets. Boduthakurufaanu Magu is Male’s main street and is home to banks and most government buildings. Almost in the middle of it is the Republic Square (Jumhooree Maidhaan) with its giant flagpoles visible from far away. Eastward to the square are the jetties that connect to the Airport ferry. The city also has an artificial beach by its East coast.

The city is compact enough to be walked around in an hour.

Places to see in Malé

Friday Mosque (Hukuru Miskiiy). Built in 1656 during the reign of sultan Ibrahim Iskandar I, intricately carved with Arabic writings and ornamental patterns. Unfortunately non-Muslims are not allowed inside without prior permission.

Republic Square (Jumhooree Maidhaan). Male's central point is this little park on the north coast, marked by a flagpole with a giant Maldivian flag. It's also the focal point of every political demonstration in the capital, and hence has a heavy security presence buttressed by the police HQ in the Shaheed Hussain Adam Building next door.

Islamic Centre. Male's best-known architectural landmark, just south of Jumhooree Maidhaan. The complex contains the largest mosque in the Maldives, topped with a golden dome and capable of accommodating 5,000 people. Visitors are welcome inside outside prayer hours, but no interior photographs are allowed. Free.

Sultan Park and National Museum. Sat-Thu 9 AM-5 PM. The sole surviving building of what was once the Sultan's palace is now the Maldivian National Museum, housing a scruffy, haphazard collection of royal regalia and old photographs, including three moon rocks and a faded Maldivian flag that went to the moon. At least there's air-con and some semblance of English explanation. Park free, museum US$3 or RF 38.

Hulhumale Island is in short boatride away. Boats leave from their own terminal, next to airport ferries (upstairs of terminal building is good restaurant with great harbour views!). Hulhumale is an artificial island where new buildings are rising rapidly, but currently it's quite empty and a kind of countryside for Male. There is also nice looking beach in the other end of the island from jetty. There are restaurants and cafes on the island.

About Maldives

Home to perhaps the best beaches in the world, the Maldives encompasses approximately 1200 islands strewn in the Indian Ocean, glittering amidst cool cyan waters. Every resort in the Maldives is its own cocoon of a private island, secluded from the hullaballoo of the rest of the world. The islands offer solace in the lap of luxury, amidst the magic of baby of baby sharks, colourful coral walls, schools of bright hued tropical fish, manta rays and turtles. The island also enables breathtaking snorkeling and diving opportunities.

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