Manadhoo

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Manadhoo
Inhabited island
Manadhoo is located in Maldives
Manadhoo
Manadhoo
Location in Maldives
Coordinates: 05°45′46″N 73°24′38″E / 5.76278°N 73.41056°E / 5.76278; 73.41056Coordinates: 05°45′46″N 73°24′38″E / 5.76278°N 73.41056°E / 5.76278; 73.41056
Country Maldives
Geographic atoll Miladhummadulhu Atoll
Administrative atoll Southern Miladhunmadulu
Distance to Malé 175.89 km (109.29 mi)
Government
 • Island Chief position terminated by new law
Dimensions
 • Length 1.650 km (1.025 mi)
 • Width 0.950 km (0.590 mi)
Population (2014)[1]
 • Total 1,397 (including foreigners)
Time zone UTC+05:00 (MST)

Manadhoo (Dhivehi: މަނަދޫ) is the capital of Noonu Atoll in the Maldives. Manadhoo is the most populous island and the largest natural island in Noonu Atoll.

History[edit]

So far, the history of Manadhoo has not been studied by any authority despite having a historic place known as "Naamagu vevu" a pond with ancient Arabic calligraphy and well-bricked walls.

Little information is available on the ancient people and their way of life. Evidence suggests that Manadhoo has been populated and thriving as early as the 4th-century BC[citation needed]. It is argued[by whom?] that the earliest settlers migrated from Arabia, eastern Africa and the Indian subcontinent among other places.

Geography[edit]

The island is 175.89 km (109 mi; 95 nmi) north of the country's capital, Malé.[2]

Geographically, Manadhoo is situated in the very centre of the atoll equally reachable for rest of other inhabited island to the north and south-west of the atoll. The island of Manadhoo measures approximately 108.36 hectares (268 acres), and has a natural harbour surrounded by natural seawalls. The island is at the south-east of the atoll, according to the formation of the atoll. The major available land is uninhabited.

Governance[edit]

The island is the capital of South Miladhunmadulu (Noonu Atoll), and most of the government offices have been established.

  • The Secretariat of the South Miladhummadulu Atoll Council
  • Manadhoo Police Station
  • Secretariat of the Manadhoo Council
  • Noonu Manadhoo Magistrate court

The President of Manadhoo council is Mohamed Umar Adam Moosa.

Demography[edit]

Manaduans are a mixed race, as in any part of the Maldives.

Historical population
YearPop.±%
2006 1,201—    
2014 1,311+9.2%
2006-2014: Census populations
Source: [3]

Economy[edit]

The main livelihood of the population depends on construction carpentry work civil service, tourism, fishing and private business.

The island has become a hub for the atoll ferry service, and wholesale business. Hence, respective citizens from other islands travel for medical and banking service, while retailers acquire their day-to-day supplies at the same rates as in the capital city.

Most of the basic infrastructure was built through aid granted from overseas organizations, such as the recent upgrade to the harbour which was funded by French aid. The sewerage and sanitation systems were built through aid granted from the UN. Manadhoo has the atoll school, which was built with grant aid from Japanese government during the 1980s.

Manadhoo is in close proximity to luxury hotels, which have been built recently, such as Soneva Jani and Cheval Blanc Randheli (operated by Louis Vuitton and Moët Hennessy), now owned by Sheik Mansour from Abu Dhabi.

The economy of Manadhoo is unhealthy like other islands of Maldives, hence no large-scale economic activities take place. Most of the citizens were engaged in public sector employment, with the rest employed in the tourism sector.

There has been a plan to develop tourist guest houses on the island, knowing that Maafaru Airport would begin operation in 2018 (funded by investment from the UAE[4]). This could be a vital turning point for Manadhoo, hence the island is capable of leasing large amount of land to the beach front facing towards sunset.

Other services[edit]

Atoll Development Council Guest House, Bank of Maldives Manadhoo Branch, Noonu Atoll Family and Children Service Center and Noonu Manadhoo Post contributes to the infrastructure of the island.

Education[edit]

Noonu Atoll School is located on the island. Traditionally, education in the Manadhoo was limited to the basic literacy skills; namely the recital of the Quran, reading and writing the Dhivehi language. The modern system of English medium education was introduced in 1997.

Health[edit]

Noonu Atoll Hospital, the STO Pharmacy and Maldivian Redcrescent Noonu Branch Office.

The island has severely poor achievements in human population.

Culture[edit]

Language[edit]

Dhivehi is the language spoken in Manadhoo. Spoken only in Maldives, Dhivehi belongs to the Indo-Aryan branch of the Indo-European family of languages. It has numerous loanwords from Tamil, Malayalam, Sinhalese, Arabic, Urdu, Hindi, Portuguese and English.

Religion[edit]

Islam is the official religion of the Republic of Maldives.

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 10 August 2018. 
  2. ^ "Coordinate Distance Calculator". Boulter.com. Retrieved 10 August 2018. 
  3. ^ "Table 3.3: Total Maldivian Population by Islands" (PDF). National Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 10 August 2018. 
  4. ^ "Test flights to land at Maafaru Airport in July". Maldives Times. 23 June 2018. Retrieved 10 August 2018. 

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