Hulhulé Island

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Hulhule
District of Malé
Hulhule is located in Maldives
Hulhule
Hulhule
Location in Maldives
Coordinates: 4°11′15″N 73°31′45″E / 4.1875°N 73.5292°E / 4.1875; 73.5292Coordinates: 4°11′15″N 73°31′45″E / 4.1875°N 73.5292°E / 4.1875; 73.5292
CountryMaldives
Geographic atollNorth Malé Atoll
Government
 • CouncilMalé City Council
Population
 • Total0
Time zoneUTC+05:00 (MST)

Hulhulé (ހުޅުލެ), located at 4°11′N 73°32′E / 4.183°N 73.533°E / 4.183; 73.533, is an island in the North Malé Atoll of the Maldives where the city's airport, Velana International Airport, is located. The island has no permanent population.[1]

It is one of the islands closest to the capital island Malé. Hulhulé is considered a ward of Malé.

The 2.1km Sinamalé Bridge links the island with Malé. The bridge which has two car lanes and separate lanes for motorcycles, and pedestrians, opened on 30 August 2018.

Velana International Airport[edit]

The Velana International Airport is located on this island along with some official premises, e.g. Maldivian Bureau of Meteorology. The airport is served internationally by a variety of holiday charter flights (mostly from Europe) and several scheduled carriers including Emirates, Qatar Airways, Etihad Airways, British Airways, Turkish Airlines, Singapore Airlines, Malaysia Airlines and Sri Lankan Airlines. In addition to serving as an international and domestic airport, Hulhule is also home to the seaplane terminal operated by Trans Maldivian Airways. The island also serves as a hub for travellers wishing to connect to a domestic flight to the further outlying atolls, such as Laamu.

Before the airport was built it used to be the home of the aboriginal Giraavaru people. In 1968, they were forced to abandon their ancestral home on Giraavaru island under an Islamic regulation that did not recognise communities with fewer than 40 adult males who could form a quorum at the Friday prayers. The Giraavaru people were ferried across the atoll lagoon to Hulhule Island. When the airport there was extended, they were shifted across to Malé and housed in a few blocks in newly reclaimed areas in the Maafannu district.

Location within Male City[edit]

The airport island Hulhulé is located northeast of Male Island, between it and new artificial residential Hulhumalé Island, to which it is connected by a causeway:

When completed, the China-Maldives Friendship Bridge will link Hulhulé to Male.

Accommodation[edit]

One hotel, the Hulhule Island Hotel, is located on the island. This hotel is more for transit passengers over-nighting as opposed to a true resort hotel.

Male' as seen from Hulhule' ferry terminal
Panorama of capital Malé as seen from Hulhule' ferry terminal

See also[edit]

  • Hulhumalé artificial island connected by road with Hulhulé Island

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hulhulé, Isles website, official Maldives government website