China-Maldives Friendship Bridge


This incredibly impressive piece of engineering connects Male to the airport island of Hulhule, but unlike most of the causeways connecting islands elsewhere in the country, this US$250m project goes over the open sea, meaning that vast concrete supports have been planted in the seabed. The bridge was still not operational at the time of writing, and it wasn't yet clear how its opening would affect ferry services to/from Male from Hulhule.

Local opinion is divided about the bridge. While some argue that connecting the capital to its airport is an important infrastructural addition to Male, many people see the project as a huge waste of money and maintain that taking a ferry across the lagoon will always be faster and preferable.

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1. Artificial Beach

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A sweet little crescent sand beach has been crafted from the breakwater tetrapods here where locals can swim and enjoy a day on the beach. There’s a whole…

2. Funadhoo

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This small island may not look like much, but it's the vital fuel repository for Male and indeed much of the country.

3. Muleeaage & Medhu Ziyaarath

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Muleeaage was built as a palace for the sultan in the early 20th century, though he was deposed before he could move in and the building was used for…

4. Old Friday Mosque

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This is the oldest mosque in the country, dating from 1656. It’s a beautiful structure made from coral stone into which intricate decoration and Quranic…

5. National Art Gallery


Under one roof you'll find the National Library, various cultural centres from countries around the world and this exhibition space, which has temporary…

6. Tomb of Mohammed Thakurufaanu

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In the backstreets in the middle of town, in the grounds of a small mosque, is the tomb of Mohammed Thakurufaanu, Maldives’ national hero who liberated…

7. Rasrani Bageecha

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Previously known as Sultan's Park and once part of the grounds of the now-demolished sultan’s palace, this former green lung of Male was redeveloped and…

8. National Museum

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Maldives' National Museum may be a ferociously ugly building gifted by China, but it nevertheless contains a well-labelled collection of historic…