Male culture, like that of the greater Maldives, is structured around tradition and Islam, and most of the attractions that dot this city disclose, via heritage and beauty, those cultural foundations.

The Hukuru Miskiiy , or Friday Mosque, was constructed in the 1600’s and served as the capital’s choice mosque until the advent of the Islamic Centre in 1984.  An architectural feat in coral curving, the Friday Mosque is internationally renowned for its traditionalist skill as well as for its woodcraft.

The Islamic Centre, as mentioned, dates its beginning to more recent times.  Its golden dome can be seen towering over the rest of the city, an attempt to artistically capture the height of Islamic faith in the region.  Holding up to five thousand at once, the Centre is the star of the Male landscape.

The Mulee Aage is the president palace again. It was built in the early 1900’s as a sultan’s palace and became the President’s Official Residence when the Maldives became a republic.  In 1994, a new Presidential Palace was built, and  Mulee Aage was change to an office location for the head of state, till a huge presidential office was built.

The three-storey National Museum , an architectural gem in its own right, houses a regal past in artifacts of thrones, palanquins, robes, and umbrellas, in addition to a number of other items of even older,  non-royal significance.  

Such rich and beautiful attractions prevent Male from being reduced to a mere resort town in the public mind .