Malé is the capital and the most populated city of the Maldives. It is also one of the world’s most densely inhabited cities, with a population of 153,379 on an area of 5.8 km2.
The city is situated on the southernmost tip of North Malé Atoll (Kaafu Atoll). The city is divided into three administrative islands: the center island, the airport island, and two smaller islands overseen by the Malé City Council.
It was formerly known as the King’s Island, from which old royal dynasties governed and from which the palace was situated. Mahal was the name given to the city during the time. It was formerly a walled city encircled by defenses and gates. The Royal Palace, along with the magnificent forts and bastions, were demolished when the city was rebuilt in the aftermath of the monarchy’s overthrow during President Ibrahim Nasir’s leadership. The Malé Friday Mosque, on the other hand, has not been demolished.
The island has grown significantly in recent years as a result of land-filling works. Malé has been the site of several political demonstrations and historic events throughout the years.