Omadhoo (Alif Dhaal Atoll)

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Omadhoo
Omadhoo is located in Maldives
Omadhoo
Omadhoo
Location in Maldives
Coordinates: 03°47′27″N 72°57′50″E / 3.79083°N 72.96389°E / 3.79083; 72.96389Coordinates: 03°47′27″N 72°57′50″E / 3.79083°N 72.96389°E / 3.79083; 72.96389
CountryMaldives
Administrative atollAlif Dhaal Atoll
Distance to Malé73.96 km (45.96 mi)
Dimensions
 • Length0.950 km (0.590 mi)
 • Width0.300 km (0.186 mi)
Population
 (2014)[1]
 • Total883 (including foreigners)
Time zoneUTC+05:00 (MST)

Omadhoo (Dhivehi: އޮމަދޫ) is one of the inhabited islands of Alif Dhaal Atoll in the Maldives.

Geography[edit]

The island is 73.96 km (46 mi; 40 nmi) southwest of the country's capital, Malé.[2]

Demography[edit]

Historical population
YearPop.±%
2006 676—    
2014 843+24.7%
2006-2014: Census populations
Source: [3]

According to the latest census conducted in 2018, the total population of Omadhoo is at 1089 out of which 840 are Maldivians, and above 150 foreigners.

Governance[edit]

In accordance with the recently passed Decentralization Act of Maldives, Omadhoo is governed by an elected Island Council composed of Three Councillors. The Council is headed by the President of the Council. The Island Council reports to the Local Government Authority (LGA).

Economy[edit]

As of January 2018 there are nine guest house in Omadhoo. The guest houses provide the island with direct employment, and many other indirect economic benefits to the island. Most guest houses are funded by direct investments by local residents of the island. However, recently there have been investments by businessmen in Male' and elsewhere.

Guest houses provide various excursions, including: whale shark watching, manta rays, off island snorkeling, fishing, scuba diving, sand bank and picnic island visiting (including overnight staying).

Education[edit]

Omadhoo is served by combined one preschool and one primary/secondary school, Omadhoo School.

Transport[edit]

Omadhoo is connected by ferry service from Malé. Some private companies provide scheduled speedboat service.

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. 35. Retrieved 12 August 2018.
  2. ^ "Coordinate Distance Calculator". Boulter.com. Retrieved 12 August 2018.
  3. ^ "Table 3.3: Total Maldivian Population by Islands" (PDF). National Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 12 August 2018.