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Male is the capital city of the Republic of Maldives. Located on the southern edge of the Kaafu Atoll and is also an administrative region of the Maldives. It is the heart of all economic activity in the Maldives. Heavily urbanized, Male and the entire Maldives is a region of the world that is in danger of being submerged due to global warming. In 2004, two thirds of the city was flooded after an earthquake in the Indian Ocean caused a massive Tsunami. Despite this very imminent risk, Male is a popular tourist destination described by many as a paradise on earth.
Male has a population of 100, 000 and is currently the second most densely populated Island and most densely populated city in the world. It also has the lowest altitude in the world at slightly over 2 metres above sea level. The weather is excellent all year round due to the location of Male on the equator.
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The national pride of the Maldivian people is reflected in the manner they organize their national festivals. Most celebrations are blended with tradition and modern entertainment. Over 15 festivals and events are celebrated in Male each year.
Being a predominantly Islamic nation, the Ramadan is celebrated each year in September. Then there is Fisher’s day celebrated every December. Fisher’s day emphasizes the importance of fishing to the local community. Fishing is an integral part of the Maldivian economy and a main source of livelihood for Maldivians.
The Sri Lankan Airlines leg of the World Qualifying Surf Series is held every June in Male. It is a major surfing competition with a purse of US $145, 000 and attracts competitors from all over the world.
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Direct flights from Australia to Male are not available; the most viable travel option is to connect to Male via Singapore or Malaysia. Singapore Airlines or Malaysia Airlines are excellent travel choices. On average, a non stop flight from Sydney to Male would take 12 hours but flight time definitely takes longer since you need to take a connecting flight.