Jumhoorie Maidan may not be the most popular tourist spot in the world. Not many have heard about it but it is definitely familiar to those who have visited the tiny city of Male. Visitors and tourists to Male in the Maldives have most likely been to or have at least heard about the Jumhoorie Maidan, which is a popular hangout area for children, teens and adults alike.
The Republic of Maldives is unique primarily for the fact that it is made up of tiny coral islands and atolls that are strewn to look like a giant garland in the middle of the Indian Ocean. Located to the west of Sri Lanka below India, the archipelago is difficult to see on the world map because it is just a series of dots. This is why, while many people have heard of the Maldives, not many can point its location on the map. The country consists of 1,192 islands. Only 200 are inhabited and about a hundred are for tourism.
Needless to say, the tourism industry is what’s propelling this archipelago into world fame and future development. The country was significantly devastated after the 2004 tsunami. Economy dropped significantly and fortunately the islands recovered from the devastation after a short while.
The Maldivian white sands, coral reefs and dive spots are the best in the world. It is only here where one can experience perfectly calm, aquarium-like lagoons where people do not need to dive to see and appreciate brightly colored corals and reef fishes. Deeper into the Ocean, dive sites offer wreck sites, caves, overhangs, vast coral beds, and an array of amazing marine life forms such as sharks, manta rays, and tunas, just to name a few.
The Maldivian government does not allow foreigners to visit the islands that were not developed specifically for tourism purposes without a specially issued permit. The island of Male is the only non-resort island that may be freely visited by anyone. Located in this island are the capital city of Male, the Male International Airport, and tourist attractions such as the national museum, Grand Friday Mosque, Hukuru Miski, Sultan Park, and Jumhoorie Maidan.
Built in 1989, this park is a popular hangout place located along the northern waterfront of the city. It is also referred to as the Republic Square of Maldives. The Persian word “maidan” literally means “town square.” Visitors enjoy just walking around, looking at the lush vegetation and green grass, and meeting other people. The place is perfect for social gatherings and family strolls. At nights, teens come here to hang out because they consider the place very trendy. In the mornings, children with their parents come to play. It is near commercial buildings, the national police headquarters, the waterfront, seaside jetty, presidential jetty, and the Islamic Center. Also nearby is the official flag pole of the country that flies the biggest Maldivian flag. Sultan Park and the national museum are also not far away.
Male is a tiny city. It is most likely that you can walk all the way to the square. But if you would rather take the taxi to avoid the sweltering heat, it will only cost you Rf 20. If just to relax and enjoy meeting people, visit Jumhoorie Maidan if you happen to be in Male.