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Male, pronounced Mah-lay, is the capital of Maldives. The city occupies the entire islet of Male and is located at the southern rim of North Male Atoll.

Male, the Capital of Maldives
Male - the Capital of Maldives

The island is 1.7 km long and 1.0 km wide, but with over 100,000 people crammed onto it, Male is by some measures the world's densest city. The new island of Hulhumal¨¦,in the Hululhe lagoon, is being reclaimed to provide some much-needed extra space.

Male, the Capital of Maldives

Male's main street Boduthakurufaanu Magu, home to banks and most government buildings, runs along the north shore. Roughly in the middle is the square of Jumhooree Maidhaan, a handy reference point since it has a giant flagpole visible from far away.

Male, the Capital of Maldives
Male - the Capital of Maldives

From the flagpole extends a series of ten jetties running eastward, with jetty #1 (the Presidential Jetty) right in front of the square and jetties #9 and #10, used by the airport ferry, at the northeastern tip of the island.

Male, the Capital of Maldives

From the flagpole extends a series of ten jetties running eastward, with jetty #1 (the Presidential Jetty) right in front of the square and jetties #9 and #10, used by the airport ferry, at the northeastern tip of the island.

Male, the Capital of Maldives
Male - the Capital of Maldives

Most visitors to the Maldives are met by travel agent reps right outside Customs, who then whisk them away to their resorts by speedboat or plane.

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