Kelaa (Haa Alif Atoll)

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Kelaa is located in Maldives
Location in Maldives
Coordinates: 6°57′35″N 73°12′46″E / 6.95972°N 73.21278°E / 6.95972; 73.21278Coordinates: 6°57′35″N 73°12′46″E / 6.95972°N 73.21278°E / 6.95972; 73.21278
Country Maldives
Geographic atoll Thiladhunmathi Atoll
Administrative atoll Haa Alif Atoll
Distance to Malé 309.66 km (192.41 mi)
 • Council Kelaa Island Council
 • Length 3.06 km (1.90 mi)
 • Width 1.04 km (0.65 mi)
Population (2014)[1]
 • Total 1,074 (including foreigners)
Time zone UTC+05:00 (MST)
Area code(s) 650, 20

Kelaa (Dhivehi: ކެލާ) is one of the inhabited islands of Haa Alif Atoll and geographically part of Thiladhummathi Atoll in the north of the Maldives. It is an island-level administrative constituency governed by the Kelaa Island Council.


In 1934, the British established a staging post here and until the end of World War II, it functioned as the northerly counterpart to RAF Gan in the south of the country. A mosque built during the reign of Sultan Mohamed Ibn Ali (Muhammad Mohyeddine) (AD 1692-1701) of the Utheemy Dynastry still stands today as a historical place of interest on the island. This was the king who re-established the Islamic penal code.


The island is 309.66 km (192 mi; 167 nmi) north of the country's capital, Malé.[2]


Historical population
2006 1,200—    
2014 1,041−13.2%
2006-2014: Census populations
Source: [3]


  1. ^ "Table PP5: Resident Population by sex, nationality and locality (administrative islands), 2014" (PDF). Population and Households Census 2014. National Bureau of Statistics. p. 33. Retrieved 9 August 2018. 
  2. ^ "Coordinate Distance Calculator". Retrieved 9 August 2018. 
  3. ^ "Table 3.3: Total Maldivian Population by Islands" (PDF). National Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 9 August 2018. 

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