Haa Alif Atoll
|Haa Alif Atoll|
Utheemu Ganduvaru in Utheemu Island.
Haa Alif Atoll in Maldives.
|• Council||North Thiladhunmathi Atoll Council|
|Time zone||UTC+05:00 (MST)|
|Assigned Letter (Dhivehi)||ހއ|
|Area code(s)||650, 20|
|ISO 3166 code||MV-07|
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|Website||Haa Alif Atoll|
Haa Alif Atoll is the code name based on the letters of the Maldivian alphabet commonly used to refer to the administrative division officially known as North Thiladhunmathi Atoll (Maldivian: Thiladhunmathi Uthuruburi) in the Maldives.
This administrative division consists of Ihavandhippolhu, the northernmost geographical atoll of the Maldive archipelago, and the northern section of Thiladhunmathi atoll. The capital of North Thiladhunmathi Atoll is the island of Dhidhdhoo where the Secretariat of North Thiladhunmathi Atoll Council is located.
The Northern Thiladhunmathi Atoll administrative division consists of a total of 43 islands spread over two natural geographic atolls, namely Northern Thiladhunmathi, and Ihavandhippolhu.
Northern Thiladhunmathi is the northern-most portion of the huge Thiladhunmathi Atoll. Thiladhunmathi Atoll was administratively divided into northern and southern divisions in 1958.
Ihavandhippolhu lies to the north of Northern Thiladhunmathi, with the Ihavandhoo Kandu channel separating the two, and is the northern-most atoll of the Maldives. It is a small natural atoll 22 km in length. It has 25 islands lying all around the boundary reef. One long barrier reef forms the western side of the atoll. There are several coral patches in the lagoon and the general depth in the centre is 20 to 30 fathoms (35 to 55 m).
Of the 43 islands in the North Thiladhunmathi Atoll administrative division, 14 of them are inhabited and are classified as administrative island constituencies. Each of these constituencies have an island council which responds to the North Thiladhunmathi Atoll Council which has its headquarters on Dhidhdhoo.
|Education||Health||Political ward||Coordinates||Geographic Atoll||Remarks|
|Baarah||1,203||K-10||1 health centre||A03 Baarah||North Thiladhunmati|
|Dhidhdhoo||2,512||K-11||1 hospital||A04 Dhidhdhoo||North Thiladhunmati||Capital of North Thiladhunmati Atoll|
|Filladhoo||548||K-10||1 health centre||A05 Kelaa||North Thiladhunmati|
|Hoarafushi||2,204||K-12||1 health centre||A01 Hoarafushi||Ihavandhippolhu|
|Ihavandhoo||2,447||K-12||1 health centre||A02 Ihavandhoo||Ihavandhippolhu|
|Kelaa||1,200||K-10||1 health centre||A05 Kelaa||North Thiladhunmati|
|Maarandhoo||530||K-10||1 health centre||A02 Ihavandhoo||Ihavandhippolhu|
|Mulhadhoo||172||K-8||1 health provider||A02 Ihavandhoo||Ihavandhippolhu|
|Muraidhoo||451||K-10||1 health centre||A03 Baarah||North Thiladhunmati|
|Thakandhoo||340||K-9||1 health centre||A03 Baarah||North Thiladhunmati|
|Thuraakunu||347||K-10||1 health centre||A01 Hoarafushi||Ihavandhippolhu||Northernmost island in the country.|
|Uligamu||267||K-10||1 health centre||A01 Hoarafushi||Ihavandhippolhu|
|Utheemu||521||K-10||1 health centre||A03 Baarah||North Thiladhunmati||Location of iconic Utheemu Ganduvaru.|
|Vashafaru||471||K-12||1 health centre||A05 Kelaa||North Thiladhunmati|
All uninhabited islands in Haa Alif Atoll are under the control of the North Thiladhunmathi Atoll Council.
|Name||Resort Name||Coordinates||Geographical Atoll||Remarks|
|Alidhoo||J Resort Alidhoo||North Thiladhunmati|
|Berinmadhoo||Construction in progress||Ihavandhippolhu||Was previously inhabited. Population relocated to Hoarafushi.|
|Dhonakulhi||Hideaway Beach Resort & Spa Maldives||North Thiladhunmati|
|Manafaru||JA Manafaru,||Ihavandhippolhu||Previous resort was The Beach House Iruveli (Waldorf Astoria Maldives)|
Other Uninhabited Islands
|Name||Current usage||Coordinates||Geographical Atoll||Remarks|
|Hathifushi||-||Was previously inhabited. Population relocated to Hanimaadhoo.|
|Maafahi||Fisheries||Leased for long-term fisheries and agriculture.|
|Madulu||Agriculture||Leased for long-term fisheries and agriculture.|
|Medhafushi||Agriculture||Leased for long-term fisheries and agriculture.|
These are islands which during recorded history, have been completely eroded away, claimed by the sea due to the sea-level rise associated with global warming or assimilated by other islands.
- Thiladhoo (merged into Dhidhdhoo, it was after this island that the atoll got its name of 'Thiladhunmathi')
|North Thiladhunmathi Atoll Council|
Ahmed Rishwan, MDP
Secretariat of the North Thiladhunmathi Atoll Council, |
The North Thiladhunmathi Atoll administrative division is governed by an Atoll Council. The atoll council was created in 2011 with the enactment of the Decentralization Bill, which saw the introduction of local governance to the country. The secretariat of the atoll council is located on Dhidhdhoo.
|Hoarafushi||A01||Abdul-Hannaan Ahmed Fulhu||2011||MDP|
In Matheerah there is a famous shrine (ziyaraiy, mausoleum) which was visited formerly by the Maldive kings and their families in order to seek blessings. Such tomb visits are aspects of Sufism that existed among the Maldivians until very recent times. Hence this island was referred to with the honorific title Matheerahffulhu (High (noble) Island) by the Sufi Muslims of the Maldives at that time.
Traditionally the northernmost atoll of the Maldives was Minicoy (Maliku). Fishermen from Thuraakunu and from Minicoy often crossed the Maliku Kandu on their boats to visit each other's islands. Marriage alliances were common. Now Minicoy is a part of India and communication is highly restricted.
As an administrative division, North Thiladhunmathi Atoll was created when the huge natural Thiladhunmathi Atoll was administratively divided into northern and southern divisions in 1958.
- Divehi Tārīkhah Au Alikameh. Divehi Bahāi Tārikhah Khidmaiykurā Qaumī Markazu. Reprint 1958 edn. Malé 1990.
- Divehiraajjege Jōgrafīge Vanavaru. Muhammadu Ibrahim Lutfee. G.Sōsanī.
- Xavier Romero-Frias, The Maldive Islanders, A Study of the Popular Culture of an Ancient Ocean Kingdom. Barcelona 1999.