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Male' fish market
The main commercial area of Male' is located on the northern waterfront of Male. This area is the main hub of trade and is a hive of activity throughout the day. The waterfront and the by-lanes in the area are crowded with shops stocked with a variety of goods. Also in the area are the Male' Fish Market and the local market selling a range of local produce. The pace increases in mid-afternoon as fishing 'dhonis' start returning with their day's catch. The catch, mainly tuna are carried across the road into the open-sided market and laid out on the tiled floors and as fast as the fish are brought in they are bought.

The Islamic Centre
The Islamic Centre is the most vivid architectural landmark of Male and visitors will catch a glipse of the golden dome as they approach Male, from any direction. The building symbolizes the importance of Islamic religion, which had ruled all aspects of life in the country for centuries. Completed in 1984, the centre consists of a mosque large enough for 5,000 people, an Islamic library, conference hall, classrooms and offices.

The Local Market
The local market is a stone's throw away from the fish market on the northern waterfront and is divided into small stalls. Here the pace is slower and each stall is filled with a variety of local produce mainly from the atolls. Visitors will find different kinds of local produce including vegetables, fruits, nuts and bottles of home made sweets. An adjacent building also sells smoked and dried fish.

Huskuru Miskiiy
Built in the 17th century the Huskuru Miskiiy or Friday Mosque served the population of Male as their main mosque for almost four centuries, until the Islamic Centre and Grand Friday Mosque took over the function in 1984. Built by Sultan Ibrahim Iskandhar in 1656 the mosque is a masterpiece of coral curving and traditional workmanship. Heavy wooden doors slide open to the inner sanctums with lamp hangings of wood and panels intricately curved with Arabic writings. The area surrounding the mosque is a cemetery with a legion of intricately curved coral headstones. The Munnaaru or minaret in front of the mosque, used to call the faithful to prayer was built in 1675 by the same Sultan.

Mulee-aage
In front of the Hukuru Miskiiy is Mulee-aage, a palace built in 1906 by Sultan Mohamed Shamsuddeen III, replacing a house dating back to the mid-17th century. It became the President's Official Residence when Maldives became a republic in 1953 and remained so until 1994, when the new Presidential Palace was built. At present Mulee-aage houses the President's Office.

The National Museum
The National Museum is housed in the only remaining building of the former Sultan's Palace, which is now the Sultan's Park. It is an Edwardian colonial-style building of three storey, fairly low key from the outside compared to the amazing collection inside. The articles on display range from thrones and palanquins used by former sultans to the first printing press used in the country, the rifle used by Mohamed Thakurufaanu in his fight against the Portuguese in the 16th century, ceremonial robes, headgear and umbrellas used by Sultans to statues and other figures dating from 11th century, excavated from former temples. A variety of artifacts from times past would give an idea of the unique and rich culture and history of this island nation.

"A visit to the museum gives an instant insight to the wealth of history most visitors never suspect existed. No longer will you think of the Maldives solely in terms of a tourist destination. The museum is open daily except Friday and public holidays from 9.00 to 11.40 and 3.00 to 5.40. A small fee is charges for admission."

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