|Geographic atoll||Miladhummadulhu Atoll|
|Administrative atoll||Southern Miladhunmadulu|
|Distance to Malé||176 km (109 mi)|
|• Length||1.650 km (1.025 mi)|
|• Width||0.950 km (0.590 mi)|
|Time zone||MST (UTC+05:00)|
The island of Manadhoo measuring approx 92.2 hectares (228 acres), which has a natural harbor surrounded by natural seawalls. The island lies the south east of the atoll. According to formation of the atoll.
Since the Island is the capital of the South Miladhunmadulu (Noonu atoll) and the largest population of the atoll and most of the government offices have been establish, the major available land is uninhabited. Main livelihood of the population depends on construction carpentry work civil service, tourism, fishing and private business.
The Secretariat of the South Miladhummadulu Atoll Council, Secretariat of the Manadhoo Council, Noonu Manadhoo Magistrate court, Atoll Development COouncil Guest House, NHSC Pharmacy, Noonu Atoll School, Noou Atoll Hospital,Bank of Maldives Manadhoo Branch, Noonu Atoll Family and Children Service Center,Noonu Manadhoo Post and Maldivian Redcrescent Noonu Branch Office contributes to the infrastructure of the island.
Little information is available on the ancient people and their way of life. Evidence suggests that Manadhoo has been populated and thriving as early as the 4th century BC. It is argued[by whom?] that the earliest settlers migrated from Arabia, eastern Africa and the Indian subcontinent among other places. Today, the Manaduans are a mixed race as in any part of the Maldives.
Traditionally education in the Manadhoo, was limited to the basic literacy skills; namely the recital of the Quran, reading and writing the Dhivehi language. The modern system of English medium education was introduced in 1997.
Dhivehi is a language spoken in Manadhoo. Spoken only in Maldives, Dhivehi belongs to the Indo-Aryan branch of the Indo-European family of languages. It has numerous loanwords from Tamil, Malayalam, Sinhalese, Arabic, Urdu, Hindi, Portuguese and English.
The Manadhoo has recorded significant achievement in human development.
Religion and Beliefs
Islam is the official religion of the Republic of Maldives.
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