Malé (pronounced: mar-lay) is the capital city of the Maldives and the seat of the executive, legislature and judicial branches of the government of the Maldives. Male’ is also the financial and commercial capital of the country. Accordingly major government offices, banks and businesses are based on Male’.
Malé city is one of the most densely populated cities of the world. Administratively neighbouring islands of Villingili and Hulhumalé are considered as constituencies of Malé City. Hulhumalé is an artificially reclaimed island.
Malé offers the best chance to see the ‘real’ Maldives away from the resort buffet and infinity pool. Overlooked by tall, brightly coloured buildings and surrounded by incongruously turquoise water, Malé is a hive of activity, the engine driving the Maldives’ economy and the forum for the country’s political struggles.
Malé is also pleasant and pleasingly quirky – alcohol-free bars and restaurants jostle with shops and lively markets and the general hubbub of a capital is very much present. This city island offers a chance to get a real feel for the Maldives and what makes its people tick, and to meet Maldivians on an equal footing.
I gotta admit: I cannto wait to arrive in Malé in March 2017 – it surely sounds pretty promising and exciting.