Huraa (Kaafu Atoll)

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Huraa
Huraa is located in Maldives
Huraa
Huraa
Location in Maldives
Coordinates: 04°20′04″N 73°36′08″E / 4.33444°N 73.60222°E / 4.33444; 73.60222Coordinates: 04°20′04″N 73°36′08″E / 4.33444°N 73.60222°E / 4.33444; 73.60222
CountryMaldives
Administrative atollKaafu Atoll
Distance to Malé20.42 km (12.69 mi)
Dimensions
 • Length0.850 km (0.528 mi)
 • Width0.300 km (0.186 mi)
Population
(2014)[1]
 • Total1,300 (including foreigners)
Time zoneUTC+05:00 (MST)

Huraa (Dhivehi: ހުރާ) is one of the inhabited islands of Kaafu Atoll.

History[edit]

Huraa is well known in the Maldivian history as the last royal dynasty to rule over Maldives has its root in Huraa island. It was founded in 1757 by Sultan al-Ghazi Hasan 'Izz ud-din. It is very important because it included Kings, Prime Ministers and many people from important government posts. This Dynasty started from Dhonmarudhuru Fadiththakurufaanu (Fadikkaleyfaanu) of Male' Atoll Hura. Historical evidence reveal that he was the son of a French man called 'Louise' and a Maldivian woman from Hura. Hura Dhomarudhuru is the grandfather of the first King of the Hura Dynasty, who was Ah'Sultanul Ghaazee Hassan Izzudhdhin (first) Siri Kularanmeeba Kaththiri Bavana Mahaaradhun (Dhonbandaarain). He was a national hero who saved the people from the rule of Malabars.

Geography[edit]

It is located in North Malé Atoll, and is an inhabited island. The island is 20.42 km (13 mi; 11 nmi) northeast of the country's capital, Malé.[2]

Ecology[edit]

There is a mangrove swamp located to the north of the island, declared protected nature reserve. Its environment with its unique vegetation provide safe resting place for species of protected birds. In a study conducted by the IUCN, ten different varieties of trees were identified, some true mangrove and others mangrove associate plants.

Demography[edit]

Historical population
YearPop.±%
2006 849—    
2014 1,014+19.4%
2006-2014: Census populations
Source: [3]

Economy[edit]

The people of the island are engaged mainly in fishing and tourism activities. Tourism is becoming the major economic activity since the advent of local guest houses in the island.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Table PP5: Resident Population by sex, nationality and locality (administrative islands), 2014" (PDF). Population and Households Census 2014. National Bureau of Statistics. p. 34. Retrieved 7 August 2018.
  2. ^ "Coordinate Distance Calculator". Boulter.com. Retrieved 7 August 2018.
  3. ^ "Table 3.3: Total Maldivian Population by Islands" (PDF). National Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 7 August 2018.