Haa Alif Atoll

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Thiladhunmathi Uthuruburi
ތިލަދުންމަތީ އުތުރުބުރި
Atoll
Haa Alif Atoll
Utheemu Ganduvaru in Utheemu Island.
Utheemu Ganduvaru in Utheemu Island.
Haa Alif Atoll in Maldives.
Haa Alif Atoll in Maldives.
Country Maldives
Capital Dhidhdhoo
Geographic atolls
Government
 • Council North Thiladhunmathi Atoll Council
Population (2006)
 • Total 12,939
Time zone UTC+05:00 (MST)
Assigned Letter A
Assigned Letter (Dhivehi) ހއ
Area code(s) 650, 20
ISO 3166 code MV-07
Inhabited 14 -
Uninhabited 29 -
  • Alidhoo
  • Alidhuffarufinolhu
  • Beenaafushi
  • Berinmadhoo
  • Dhapparuhura
  • Dhigufaruhura
  • Dhonakulhi
  • Gaafushi
  • Gaamathikulhudhoo
  • Gallandhoo
  • Govvaafushi
  • Hathifushi
  • Huvahandhoo
  • Innafinolhu
  • Kandaalifinolhu
  • Kudafinolhu
  • Maafahi
  • Maafinolhu
  • Maarandhoofarufinolhu
  • Madulu
  • Manafaru
  • Matheerah
  • Medhafushi
  • Mulidhoo
  • Naridhoo
  • Umareifinolhu
  • Un'gulifinolhu
  • Van'gaaru
  • Velifinolhu
Total 43
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.

It is the northernmost of the 19 administrative divisions (known as "Atolls") of the country, and is the third-largest administrative division in terms of population and land area.

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.

Geography[edit]

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).

Ihavandhippolhu is separated from the Lakshadweep Islands of India by the broad channel known as Māmalē Kandu (or Maliku Kandu).

Haa Alif Atoll is located in Haa Alif Atoll
Alidhoo
Alidhoo
Alidhuffarufinolhu
Alidhuffarufinolhu
Beenaafushi
Beenaafushi
Berinmadhoo
Berinmadhoo
Dhapparuhura
Dhapparuhura
Dhigufaruhura
Dhigufaruhura
Dhonakulhi
Dhonakulhi
Gaafushi
Gaafushi
Gaamathikulhudhoo
Gaamathikulhudhoo
Gallandhoo
Gallandhoo
Govvaafushi
Govvaafushi
Hathifushi
Hathifushi
Huvahandhoo
Huvahandhoo
Innafinolhu
Innafinolhu
Kandaalifinolhu
Kandaalifinolhu
Kudafinolhu
Kudafinolhu
Maafahi
Maafahi
Maafinolhu
Maafinolhu
Maarandhoofarufinolhu
Maarandhoofarufinolhu
Madulu
Madulu
Manafaru
Manafaru
Matheerah
Matheerah
Medhafushi
Medhafushi
Mulidhoo
Mulidhoo
Naridhoo
Naridhoo
Umareifinolhu
Umareifinolhu
Un'gulifinolhu
Un'gulifinolhu
Van'gaaru
Van'gaaru
Velifinolhu
Velifinolhu

Islands[edit]

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.

Island constituencies[edit]

Name Population
(2006)
Education Health Political ward Coordinates Geographic Atoll Remarks
Baarah 1,203 K-10 1 health centre A03 Baarah 6°49′8″N 73°12′30″E / 6.81889°N 73.20833°E / 6.81889; 73.20833 North Thiladhunmati
Dhidhdhoo 2,512 K-11 1 hospital A04 Dhidhdhoo 6°53′24″N 73°6′44″E / 6.89000°N 73.11222°E / 6.89000; 73.11222 North Thiladhunmati Capital of North Thiladhunmati Atoll
Filladhoo 548 K-10 1 health centre A05 Kelaa 6°52′38″N 73°13′39″E / 6.87722°N 73.22750°E / 6.87722; 73.22750 North Thiladhunmati
Hoarafushi 2,204 K-12 1 health centre A01 Hoarafushi 6°58′50″N 72°53′45″E / 6.98056°N 72.89583°E / 6.98056; 72.89583 Ihavandhippolhu
Ihavandhoo 2,447 K-12 1 health centre A02 Ihavandhoo 6°57′17″N 72°55′33″E / 6.95472°N 72.92583°E / 6.95472; 72.92583 Ihavandhippolhu
Kelaa 1,200 K-10 1 health centre A05 Kelaa 6°57′35″N 73°12′46″E / 6.95972°N 73.21278°E / 6.95972; 73.21278 North Thiladhunmati
Maarandhoo 530 K-10 1 health centre A02 Ihavandhoo 6°51′18″N 72°58′59″E / 6.85500°N 72.98306°E / 6.85500; 72.98306 Ihavandhippolhu
Mulhadhoo 172 K-8 1 health provider A02 Ihavandhoo 7°00′45″N 72°59′45″E / 7.01250°N 72.99583°E / 7.01250; 72.99583 Ihavandhippolhu
Muraidhoo 451 K-10 1 health centre A03 Baarah 6°50′23″N 73°09′54″E / 6.83972°N 73.16500°E / 6.83972; 73.16500 North Thiladhunmati
Thakandhoo 340 K-9 1 health centre A03 Baarah 6°50′44″N 72°59′38″E / 6.84556°N 72.99389°E / 6.84556; 72.99389 North Thiladhunmati
Thuraakunu 347 K-10 1 health centre A01 Hoarafushi 7°06′18″N 72°54′07″E / 7.10500°N 72.90194°E / 7.10500; 72.90194 Ihavandhippolhu Northernmost island in the country.
Uligamu 267 K-10 1 health centre A01 Hoarafushi 7°05′00″N 72°55′40″E / 7.08333°N 72.92778°E / 7.08333; 72.92778 Ihavandhippolhu
Utheemu 521 K-10 1 health centre A03 Baarah 6°50′04″N 73°06′47″E / 6.83444°N 73.11306°E / 6.83444; 73.11306 North Thiladhunmati Location of iconic Utheemu Ganduvaru.
Vashafaru 471 K-12 1 health centre A05 Kelaa 6°53′50″N 73°09′40″E / 6.89722°N 73.16111°E / 6.89722; 73.16111 North Thiladhunmati

Uninhabited Islands[edit]

All uninhabited islands in Haa Alif Atoll are under the control of the North Thiladhunmathi Atoll Council.

Resort Islands

Name Resort Name Coordinates Geographical Atoll Remarks
Alidhoo J Resort Alidhoo[1] 6°50′55″N 73°09′07″E / 6.84861°N 73.15194°E / 6.84861; 73.15194 North Thiladhunmati
Berinmadhoo Construction in progress 7°02′50″N 72°58′16″E / 7.04722°N 72.97111°E / 7.04722; 72.97111 Ihavandhippolhu Was previously inhabited. Population relocated to Hoarafushi.
Dhonakulhi Hideaway Beach Resort & Spa Maldives[2] 6°50′35″N 73°03′05″E / 6.84306°N 73.05139°E / 6.84306; 73.05139 North Thiladhunmati
Manafaru JA Manafaru,[3] 6°59′49″N 72°56′23″E / 6.99694°N 72.93972°E / 6.99694; 72.93972 Ihavandhippolhu Previous resort was The Beach House Iruveli (Waldorf Astoria Maldives)

Other Uninhabited Islands

Name Current usage Coordinates Geographical Atoll Remarks
Alidhuffarufinolhu - 6°51′39″N 73°06′16″E / 6.86083°N 73.10444°E / 6.86083; 73.10444
Beenaafushi - 6°55′42″N 73°08′11″E / 6.92833°N 73.13639°E / 6.92833; 73.13639
Dhapparuhura - 6°54′55″N 73°12′40″E / 6.91528°N 73.21111°E / 6.91528; 73.21111
Dhigufaruhura - 6°55′26″N 72°58′08″E / 6.92389°N 72.96889°E / 6.92389; 72.96889
Gaafushi - 6°51′07″N 73°03′27″E / 6.85194°N 73.05750°E / 6.85194; 73.05750
Gaamathikulhudhoo - 7°02′21″N 72°59′04″E / 7.03917°N 72.98444°E / 7.03917; 72.98444
Gallandhoo - 6°56′48″N 72°58′59″E / 6.94667°N 72.98306°E / 6.94667; 72.98306
Govvaafushi - 7°00′45″N 72°55′09″E / 7.01250°N 72.91917°E / 7.01250; 72.91917
Hathifushi - 7°01′12″N 72°49′49″E / 7.02000°N 72.83028°E / 7.02000; 72.83028 Was previously inhabited. Population relocated to Hanimaadhoo.
Huvahandhoo - 6°57′32″N 72°54′18″E / 6.95889°N 72.90500°E / 6.95889; 72.90500
Innafinolhu - 7°04′25″N 72°48′40″E / 7.07361°N 72.81111°E / 7.07361; 72.81111
Kandaalifinolhu - 6°55′35″N 73°07′48″E / 6.92639°N 73.13000°E / 6.92639; 73.13000
Kudafinolhu - 6°59′22″N 72°53′00″E / 6.98944°N 72.88333°E / 6.98944; 72.88333
Maafahi Fisheries 6°49′42″N 73°09′23″E / 6.82833°N 73.15639°E / 6.82833; 73.15639 Leased for long-term fisheries and agriculture.
Maafinolhu - 7°00′08″N 72°51′44″E / 7.00222°N 72.86222°E / 7.00222; 72.86222
Maarandhoofarufinolhu - 6°49′43″N 72°58′19″E / 6.82861°N 72.97194°E / 6.82861; 72.97194
Madulu Agriculture 7°03′17″N 72°57′11″E / 7.05472°N 72.95306°E / 7.05472; 72.95306 Leased for long-term fisheries and agriculture.
Matheerah - 7°01′39″N 72°49′08″E / 7.02750°N 72.81889°E / 7.02750; 72.81889
Medhafushi Agriculture 7°00′38″N 72°56′02″E / 7.01056°N 72.93389°E / 7.01056; 72.93389 Leased for long-term fisheries and agriculture.
Mulidhoo - 6°50′10″N 73°00′40″E / 6.83611°N 73.01111°E / 6.83611; 73.01111
Naridhoo Resort (Development) 6°53′42″N 73°07′36″E / 6.89500°N 73.12667°E / 6.89500; 73.12667
Umareifinolhu - 7°00′34″N 72°51′03″E / 7.00944°N 72.85083°E / 7.00944; 72.85083
Un'gulifinolhu - 6°58′15″N 72°54′03″E / 6.97083°N 72.90083°E / 6.97083; 72.90083
Van'gaaru - 7°05′35″N 72°52′41″E / 7.09306°N 72.87806°E / 7.09306; 72.87806
Velifinolhu - 6°59′39″N 72°52′28″E / 6.99417°N 72.87444°E / 6.99417; 72.87444

Disappeared Islands[edit]

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.

  • Gasthirifinolhu
  • Gudhanfushi
  • Huraa
  • Nasfaru
  • Thiladhoo (merged into Dhidhdhoo, it was after this island that the atoll got its name of 'Thiladhunmathi')
  • Thinadhoo

Administration[edit]

Atoll Council[edit]

North Thiladhunmathi Atoll Council
Coat of arms or logo
Type
Type
Leadership
President
Ahmed Rishwan, MDP
Seats 10
Meeting place
Secretariat of the North Thiladhunmathi Atoll Council,
Shaariu’l Ameen,
Dhidhdhoo
Website
www.halifatoll.gov.mv

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.

The atoll is further divided up into 5 political wards each with two councillors.

Members[edit]

Ward Code Name First elected Party
Hoarafushi A01 Abdul-Hannaan Ahmed Fulhu 2011 MDP
Hoarafushi A01 Ibrahim Rasheed 2011 MDP
Ihavandhoo A02 Mohamed Rasheed 2011 MDP
Ihavandhoo A02 Abdullah Hussain 2011 MDP
Baarah A03 Hussain Naseer 2011 DRP
Baarah A03 Hussain Rasheed 2011 DRP
Dhidhdhoo A04 Yoosuf Siraj 2011 MDP
Dhidhdhoo A04 Ahmed Rishwan 2011 MDP
Kelaa A05 Adam Thahzeem 2011 DRP
Kelaa A05 Mohamed Fayaz 2011 DRP

History[edit]

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.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "J Resort Alidhoo". J Resorts & Hotels Pty Ltd. Retrieved 2018-04-30.
  2. ^ "Hideaway Beach Resort & Spa". Hideaway Beach Resort & Spa. Retrieved 2018-04-30.
  3. ^ "JA Manafaru". JA Resorts & Hotels. Retrieved 2018-04-30.
  • 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.

Coordinates: 6°52′48″N 73°06′44″E / 6.88°N 73.112222°E / 6.88; 73.112222