Huraa (Kaafu Atoll)

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Huraa
Inhabited island
Huraa is located in Maldives
Huraa
Huraa
Location in Maldives
Coordinates: 04°20′02″N 73°36′04″E / 4.33389°N 73.60111°E / 4.33389; 73.60111Coordinates: 04°20′02″N 73°36′04″E / 4.33389°N 73.60111°E / 4.33389; 73.60111
Country Maldives
Administrative atoll Kaafu Atoll
Distance to Malé 21.20 km (13.17 mi)
Dimensions
 • Length 0.850 km (0.528 mi)
 • Width 0.300 km (0.186 mi)
Population
 • Total 1,014
Time zone MST (UTC+05:00)

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

It is located in North Malé Atoll, and is an inhabited island. 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.

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 IUCN ten different varieties of trees identified, some true mangrove and others mangrove associate plants.

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 our National Hero who saved us from the rule of Malabars.