Guraidhoo (Thaa Atoll)
|Administrative atoll||Thaa Atoll|
|Distance to Malé||206.74 km (128.46 mi)|
|• Length||0.775 km (0.482 mi)|
|• Width||0.375 km (0.233 mi)|
|Time zone||MST (UTC+05:00)|
Tha Guraidhoo is an inhabited island in the south of Male, Maldives. Th. Guraidhoo is famous for its development and it is the most developed island in the Atoll. The islands health facility is increasing day by day. Today the island has a health post giving medical care for its islanders as well as the nearby island which is also managed by its women. Th.Guraidhoo women had been involving its economic, social and development work significantly, where they contribute to the island.
The island can be described as a trading point to the other islands in the atoll. The infra structure and development in the island is an example for other islands of the Maldives. The islands port is well build and it is a transit point to many boats coming and going from male` especially for the Boats from Addu Laamu Atoll, G.dh, G.Alifu, Addu Atoll & Yaviyani Atoll.
Due to the rapid increase of the population the government had decided to increase the land mass of this tiny island. So on 2014 the government had reclaimed more than 60 hectors of land from the west side of the island. Due to this the island will experience more economic development.
The council of the island along with the government is working towards building an economic hub in this atoll. For this the island had forward a perfect proposal to the government. That includes;
Establishment of an international airport. International transit port. International yacht marina.
With the above projects this island will be the most developed island in the Maldives. These projects may be commenced on 2020
The island has a secondary school named Thaa Atoll School. It also has a pre-school giving education which was previously managed by its people especially the women. Lately pre-school was named "Guraidhoo Pre-School(GPS)" which is managed under island council. Higher education opportunities are not available therefore a huge number of the islands population migrates to capital city(Male') for educational development.
The islanders most economical activity is fishing and some agricultural activities.Also Small businesses are increasing rapidly in Thaa Guraidhoo."Guraidhoo Store" island council owed shop which imports most necessary goods required to the community. An industrial ice plant is located which makes it a central commercial island for fishing industry in the area. In addition Thaa Guraidhoo port is well built that makes it a destination to stop by for travellers. Recently a new resort called Maalifushi was opened in that atoll where by guraidhoo is the closest island to resort. This new resort has given many job opportunities for the youth of th.guraidhoo.
A tropical climate throughout the year yet raining seasons come accordingly. Rainy season also comes according to the climate of Maldives. In rainy seasons roads get flooded with mud and water caused by undeveloped roads.