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The tiny Male city, one of the most densely populated cities of the world, is the capital city of the Maldives. Male is the financial and commercial capital of Maldives, hence, major government offices, banks and businesses are based in Male. An overnight stay in Male gives you the chance to meet Maldivians on their home territory, which can be a different experience than seeing mostly expatriate staff on resort islands.
With an area of less than six square kilometers and a population of about 150,000 citizens, Male is one of the world’s smallest national capitals. You can stroll around it and explore the entire city in a few hours.
The Sultan Park is one of the best public spots in Male. It is located in front of the Republican Monument unveiled to mark 30 years of independence. Large trees and colorful flowers create a nice environment. It’s an ideal place for a visitor to relax and get the feel of the country.
The National Museum of Maldives was first opened in 1952. Subsequently the place underwent a major revamping process and a brand new National Museum was opened in 2010. The museum preserves a nice collection of items. Regal dresses and items associated with Maldivian royalty can be explored.
The Republic Square is found close to the north shore of Male. Once you reach Male you will be greeted by a giant flag located in the Republic Square proudly displaying the national colours of the Maldives.
The Islamic Centre is also found next to the square. The Islamic Centre and a distinct work of architecture in Maldives, The Grand Friday Mosque is a major attraction in Male. Masjid-al-Sultan Muhammad Thakurufaanu Al Auzam as it is formally called, is the largest mosque in Maldives and draws several pilgrims as well as architecture lovers throughout the year.
The China –Maldives friendship bridge is an incredibly impressive piece of engineering which connects Male to the airport island of Hulhule.
The Fish Market is the soul of Male which a visitor should not fail to visit and visiting it would be great fun. Don’t forget to visit the main market. You will be welcomed with absolutely authentic Indian Ocean aromas, betel nut, freshly-caught fish, fruit, vegetables, tins of everything, fabrics and more.
Male’s main waterfront and boat harbor with its brilliant blue waters is another fantastic place with a view of constant shuttle of village ferries and resort launches heading to and from North Male Atoll’s myriad islands.
Maldives is not just a paradise for luxury resorts and opulent vacations… Plenty of diverse adventures await you in Male.
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