Dhiddhoo (Haa Alif Atoll)

Dhiddhoo (Dhivehi: ދިއްދޫ) is the capital of Haa Alif Atoll administrative division in the islands of the republic of Maldives. The island lies on the north western tip of Tiladummati Atoll and is separated from the Ihavandhippolhu Atoll by the deep Gallandhoo Kandu channel.

Originally, the island was 52 hectares large and after a mega land reclamation project initiated in 2010, the total land area is now around 85 hectares. The Land was reclaimed to cater for the needs of the growing population and industries. There are some estimated 4500 people living in Dhidhdhoo and it is the second largest population in the north of Maldives.

Historically, the island was uninhabited and it was under the administration of Utheemu Gadhuvaru. The island was inhabited around 19th century when the people of Dhonakulhi left their island to escape from the invasion and raids of Pirates of Malabar.

The island of Dhidhdhoo is one of the few islands in the Maldives which are safe from drug abuse and gang fighting and other social crimes. People of the island are very hospitable and peace loving.

The people are diligent and famous for hardworking. And one example of this is the laborious ADK, popularly known as Dhidhoo Ibrahim Kaleyfaanu. He was one of the few in Maldives who had ever built such a fortune which helped many Maldivians especially people of Dhidhdhoo. He was the first person who mechanised the fishing vessels in the Maldives which are still the backbone of the Maldives economy.

In political perspectives, the people of Dhidhdhoo are democratic and peace loving. During the administration of first president Mohamed Ameen,the people of Dhidhdhoo refused to join Uthuru Gadubadu (the famous uprising of people of Northern atolls). It was only the people of Dhidhdhoo who refused to join the uprising against the first president Mohamed Ameen. The uprising was a complete flop and the leaders of the uprising were severely punished.

Dhidhdhoo continued to serve its people and the people around. It is the centre of trade and services in the North Thiladhnnmathi.

Economy: Trade: hardware, Building materials. Tourism activities: Travel and tour operations, Resort supply, guest house and catering. Agriculture: Poultry and fish farming. Civil Services and other corporates:

Government institutions: Ha.Alif Atoll Hospital, Ha.atoll education Center, island office, Atoll office, Youth Center, Gender Unit, Island Court. Maldives Police.

State owned Enterprises: Bank of Maldives, State electric company, Maldives Water and Sewerage Company, Dhiraagu (Telecom Company), State trading organization.

Other corporations: Wataniya Telecom, Dhafeena, Coris pvt, Vista travel.

Gross domestic production: GDP as of 2010 is RF 110,000,000 and GDP per capital is Rf 24,000.00 or (USD 2000.00.

Climate

Tropical; hot, humid; dry, northeast monsoon (November to March); rainy, southwest monsoon (June to August)

Terrain: Flat, with white sandy beaches

Religion: Sunni Muslim (official

Languages: Dhivehi (official, dialect of Sinhala, script derived from Arabic), English (spoken by most government officials)

Literacy: Definition: age 15 and over can read and write Total population: 99.8% Male: 99% Female: 99.7% (2006 Census)

School life expectancy (Primary to secondary) Total: 12 years Male: 13 years Female: 12 years (2006)