Kelaa (Haa Alif Atoll)

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Kelaa
ކެލާ
Island
Kelaa is located in Maldives
Kelaa
Kelaa
Location in Maldives
Coordinates: 6°57′35″N 73°12′46″E / 6.95972°N 73.21278°E / 6.95972; 73.21278Coordinates: 6°57′35″N 73°12′46″E / 6.95972°N 73.21278°E / 6.95972; 73.21278
Country Maldives
Geographic atoll Thiladhunmathi Atoll
Administrative atoll Haa Alif Atoll
Distance to Malé 308.54 km (191.72 mi)
Government
 • Council Kelaa Island Council
Dimensions
 • Length 3.06 km (1.90 mi)
 • Width 1.04 km (0.65 mi)
Population (2006)
 • Total 1,200
Time zone MST (UTC+05:00)
Area code(s) 650, 20

Kelaa (Dhivehi: ކެލާ) is one of the inhabited islands of Haa Alif Atoll and geographically part of Thiladhummathi Atoll in the north of the Maldives. It is an island-level administrative constituency governed by the Kelaa Island Council.

In 1934, the British established a staging post here and until the end of World War II, it functioned as the northerly counterpart to RAF Gan in the south of the country. A mosque built during the reign of Sultan Mohamed Ibn Ali (Muhammad Mohyeddine) (AD 1692-1701) of the Utheemy Dynastry still stands today as a historical place of interest on the island. This was the king who re-established the Islamic penal code.

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