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District of Malé
Mosque of Hulhumalé
Mosque of Hulhumalé
Hulhumalé is located in Maldives
Location in Maldives
Coordinates: 4°13′N 73°32′E / 4.217°N 73.533°E / 4.217; 73.533Coordinates: 4°13′N 73°32′E / 4.217°N 73.533°E / 4.217; 73.533
Geographic atollNorth Malé Atoll
 • CouncilMalé City Council
 • Total4 km2 (2 sq mi)
 • Length2.4 km (1.5 mi)
 • Width1.0 km (0.6 mi)
 • Totalover 50,000
Time zoneUTC+05:00 (MST)

Hulhumalé (Dhivehi pronunciation: [huɭumɑːlɛ]; Dhivehi: ހުޅުމާލެ) is a reclaimed island located in the south of North Malé Atoll, Maldives. The artificial island is being built up by pumping sand from the sea floor, in order to meet the existing and future housing, industrial and commercial development demands of the Malé region. The official settlement was inaugurated by President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom on May 12, 2004.

The development and management of the island is undertaken by a government-owned corporation called Housing Development Corporation (formerly Hulhumalé Development Unit/Hulhumalé Development Corporation) which was incorporated on March 23, 2005.

Land reclamation has increased the island's area to 4 km2 (1.5 sq mi), making it the fourth largest island in the Maldives. As of December 2019 the island has a population of more than 50,000; it is planned to house as many as 240,000 by the mid-2020s.[1]

Location within Malé City[edit]

Hulhulmalé is located northeast of the airport island of Hulhulé, to which it is connected by a causeway:


Reclamation of Hulhumalé began on October 16, 1997 on the Hulhulé-Farukolhufushi lagoon 1.3 km (0.81 mi) off the north west coast of Malé. Initial reclamation (or Phase I) consisting of 45% of land mass, 188 hectares (460 acres), was carried out by the Ministry of Construction and Public Works (MCPW) at a cost of USD 11 million. The project was then continued by a Belgian Joint Venture Company, International Port Engineering and Management (IPEM) and Dredging International (DI) costing an estimated USD 21 million. All the works involving reclamation and coastal structure development covered in Phase I were completed by June 2002, and 1,000 residents moved to the island in 2004. In the next phase of reclamation, completed in 2015, 244 hectares (600 acres) were added, and by the end of 2019, there were more than 50,000 residents.[1]


Hulhumalé Road

A basis of development known as Phase I was formed under the first Master Plan which was completed in July 2001 by a consortium of consultants from Singapore with the contribution of many government agencies, committees and individuals. It conceptually defines the long-term land use and development strategy (including urban design proposals, transportation plans and utility infrastructure) with considerations for future infrastructure connections to the adjacent Phase II and planned airport extension areas. The Master Plan is to be periodically reviewed and adjusted to include advances in development.

Phase I of the Master Plan includes:

Hulhumalé Hospital

Stage 1A (completed)

  • A 280-room apartment complex with a combination of 2,3 and 4 bedroom units
  • An integrated primary and secondary school housing 20 classrooms
  • A public building for government and social requirements containing 32 units
  • A hospital with 50 bed capacity
  • A mosque for 1500 people
  • Four commercial buildings with a total of 48 units
  • An asphalt-paved road network approximately 12.5 km (7.8 mi) long
  • An adequate land space for the cultivation of indigenous plants and imported varieties

Stage 1B (to be completed by December 2005)

  • 232 condominium housing units
  • 120 basic housing units
  • 169 beach plots
  • 56 standard plots
  • 132 terraced houses
  • 280 housing units
  • 57 residential beach front plots
  • 109 residential beach plots
  • 56 residential standard plots
  • 132 plots for terraced housing
  • A public building with 32 public units
  • 15 industrial and commercial land plots with an average of 1,000 m2 (11,000 sq ft) per unit

Stage 1C (planned for 2006)

  • 1900 housing units

Stage 2 (targeted for 2016)

  • 2950 housing units

Stage 3 (targeted for 2020)

  • 3075 housing units

Hulhumalé is underutilized relative to other central atolls in the Maldives. It would take the lead of the government to improve utilization by moving government ministers, government departments and public institutions to Hulhumalé and assisting public servants with relocation costs. Pending urban development, greenery landscaping would help make the place more attractive.

On 15 January 2015 the second reclamation phase of Hulhumalé was launched,[2] which will include the construction of a youth centre.[3]


Hulhumalé has road network which was planned together with the development of the island. The network covers the entire island and support all types of road vehicles.

The island is connected via a causeway to the airport island Hulhulé Island, allowing road transport to easily travel between the Velana International Airport and Hulhumalé. With the opening of the Sinamalé Bridge between Hulhulé and Malé Island in September 2018,[4] the road networks of the three islands were connected for the first time.

External links[edit]


  1. ^ a b Norman Miller (2020-09-10). "A new island of hope rising from the Indian Ocean". BBC Travel.
  2. ^ "President Yameen calls on youth to relocate to Hulhumalé". Minivan News. 2015-01-17. Archived from the original on 2015-02-17.
  3. ^ "Isles: Hulhumalé: Projects". Government of Maldives. 2014. Archived from the original on 2014-12-22.
  4. ^ "'China-Maldives Friendship Bridge' project launched". Maldives Independent. 2015-12-31. Retrieved 2020-09-10.