Feridhoo (Alif Alif Atoll)

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Feridhoo is located in Maldives
Location in Maldives
Coordinates: 04°03′05″N 72°43′35″E / 4.05139°N 72.72639°E / 4.05139; 72.72639Coordinates: 04°03′05″N 72°43′35″E / 4.05139°N 72.72639°E / 4.05139; 72.72639
Administrative atollAlif Alif Atoll
Distance to Malé87.96 km (54.66 mi)
 • Length1.125 km (0.699 mi)
 • Width0.575 km (0.357 mi)
 • Total441 (including foreigners)
Time zoneUTC+05:00 (MST)

Feridhoo (Dhivehi: ފެރިދޫ) is one of the inhabited islands of Ari Atoll, located on its eastern fringe. It belongs to the Alif Alif Atoll administrative division.


In centuries past, two male African slaves who had been bought by the kings on their Hajj trips to Mecca were formally released from slavery and were settled in this island. One of them was called Sangoru. He had been working for years at the palace in Malé before the ailing king released him in order to gain merit in the afterlife.

The freeing of slaves before the death of the owner was traditionally a common practice among the very high nobility in the Maldives. Now there are many families on Feridhoo and in neighboring Maalhos who can trace their descendency to those two African ancestors. one of the most famous families amongst this family is Abdhul Razzaq's family famous for boduberu


The island is 87.96 km (55 mi; 47 nmi) west of the country's capital, Malé.[2]


Historical population
2006 439—    
2014 413−5.9%
2006-2014: Census populations
Source: [3]


  1. ^ "Table PP5: Resident Population by sex, nationality and locality (administrative islands), 2014" (PDF). Population and Households Census 2014. National Bureau of Statistics. p. 34. Retrieved 12 August 2018.
  2. ^ "Coordinate Distance Calculator". Boulter.com. Retrieved 12 August 2018.
  3. ^ "Table 3.3: Total Maldivian Population by Islands" (PDF). National Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 12 August 2018.