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Dhadimagu, is an administrative division of Fuvahmulah, Maldives. It is the largest division of the island, located on the north-west of the island. Throughout history, many scholars and famous public figures came into being from this district housing many of the historical sites and landmarks of the island. A center of learning as well as an important location for the island's economy, the number of 'Hafiz's and teachers from this district outnumber that of any other district in Fuvahmulah and this district is considered by many to be the most educated and learning centered district of Fuvahmulah.

Fuvahmulah City is an island (atoll) in the Maldives. It is under Maldives administrative divisions of Gnaviyani Atoll or Nyaviyani Atoll. The inhabitants speak a distinctive form of the Dhivehi language, known as "dhivehi bas".

Maldives South Asian country in the Indian Ocean.

The Maldives, officially the Republic of Maldives, is a small country in South Asia, located in the Arabian Sea of the Indian Ocean. It lies southwest of Sri Lanka and India, about 1,000 kilometres (620 mi) from the Asian continent. The chain of 26 atolls stretches from Ihavandhippolhu Atoll in the north to Addu Atoll in the south. Comprising a territory spanning roughly 298 square kilometres (115 sq mi), the Maldives is one of the world's most geographically dispersed sovereign states as well as the smallest Asian country by land area and population, with around 427,756 inhabitants. Malé is the capital and the most populated city, traditionally called the "King's Island" for its central location.

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Economy

Economically this district heavily depends upon agriculture. The adjacent fields to the Thoondu, are primarily used for agriculture and are the main agricultural fields of the island. These fields are the largest producers of watermelon in the island. Along with agriculture, white-collar workers are the primary source of income in the district, although some depend upon fishing as a source of income.

Thoondu

Thoondu is a white sandy beach on the north of Fuvahmulah, Maldives. Located within Dhadimagu ward of the island, it is believed to be one of the most well known features of Fuvahmulah. Hundreds of people visit the beach every day, and this figure is much higher during special occasions like Maahibun. Thoondu has also been declared as a Protected area of Fuvahmulah by the government of Maldives on 12 June 2012 and the Atoll Council of Fuvahmulah has also passed a Decree to establish the place as a Protected area on 19 January 2012.

Watermelon A large fruit with a smooth hard rind, of the gourd family

Citrullus lanatus is a plant species in the family Cucurbitaceae, a vine-like flowering plant originating in West Africa. It is cultivated for its fruit. The subdivision of this species into two varieties, watermelons and citron melons, originated with the erroneous synonymization of Citrullus lanatus (Thunb.) Matsum. & Nakai and Citrullus vulgaris Schrad. by L.H. Bailey in 1930. Molecular data including sequences from the original collection of Thunberg and other relevant type material, show that the sweet watermelon and the bitter wooly melon Citrullus lanatus (Thunb.) Matsum. & Nakai are not closely related to each other. Since 1930, thousands of papers have misapplied the name Citrullus lanatus (Thunb.) Matsum. & Nakai for the watermelon, and a proposal to conserve the name with this meaning was accepted by the relevant nomenclatural committee and confirmed at the International Botanical Congress in Shenzhen in China in 2017.

A white-collar worker is a person who performs professional, managerial, or administrative work. White-collar work may be performed in an office or other administrative setting. White-collar workers includes works related to academia, business management, customer support, market research, finance, human resources, engineering, operations research, marketing, information technology, networking, attorneys, medical professionals, architects, research and development and contracting. Other types of work are those of a grey-collar worker, who has more specialized knowledge than those of a blue-collar worker, whose job requires manual labor and a pink-collar worker, whose labor is related to customer interaction, entertainment, sales, or other service-oriented work. Many occupations blend blue, white and pink (service) industry categorizations.

Agriculture

Apart from being the largest producer of watermelon and sweet potatoes, Dhadimagu is the largest producer of coconut in the island. The famous three "Beeva" Kudhu Beeva, Medhe Beeva and Bodo Beeva in the district contributes to the most number of coconuts produced in Fuvahmulah. Apart from the Taro fields, large proportions of Pond-apple (Kalhuhuthu Meyvaa) can also be found in the district from the marsh land area associated with "Dhadimagi Kilhi". Some amount of Pineapple and Oranges can also be found with an abundance of Mangoes. Cucumber, Tomato, Carrot, Cabbage, Pepper, Capsicum, Eggplant and Ladies' fingers are among the vast number of products from the adjacent fields to Thoondu located in the district.

Coconut species of plant

The coconut tree is a member of the palm tree family (Arecaceae) and the only known living species of the genus Cocos. The term "coconut" can refer to the whole coconut palm, the seed, or the fruit, which botanically is a drupe, not a nut. The term is derived from the 16th-century Portuguese and Spanish word coco, meaning 'head' or 'skull' after the three indentations on the coconut shell that resemble facial features.

Taro Species of plant, taro

Colocasia esculenta is a tropical plant grown primarily for its edible corms, a root vegetable most commonly known as taro, or kalo in Hawaiian. It is the most widely cultivated species of several plants in the family Araceae which are used as vegetables for their corms, leaves, and petioles. Taro corms are a food staple in African, Oceanic and South Asian cultures, and taro is believed to have been one of the earliest cultivated plants.

Pineapple Species of plant

The pineapple is a tropical plant with an edible fruit, also called a pineapple, and the most economically significant plant in the family Bromeliaceae.

Fishing and Boat building

Dhadimagu has the famous anchorage known as Neregando on its shores along with a boatyard. It is one of the historical harbours of Fuvahmulah. Neregando indicates the close relationship between fishing and the villagers of Dhadimagu as well as the close affinity they have towards the Boat-building industry. Today even, Neregando is an active boatyard of Fuvahmulah.

Places of interest

Dhadimagi Kilhi is one of the two fresh water lakes in Fuvahmulah, Maldives.

Fua Mulaku Havitta

Fua Mulaku Havitta is the ruin of a Buddhist chaitya whose main feature is its ruined stupa. The Havitta is located at the northeastern end of Fuvahmulah, Maldives in the area of Dhadimagu ward of the island. Being the most important center of the Buddhist community in the pre-Islamic period, Dhadimagu was the last ward of the island to have accepted Islam. It was after the acceptance of Islam by the residents of Dhadimagu ward that the Havitta was buried under a mound of sand and one of the temples in the area got converted into a mosque to be known as Gemmiskiy. This happened in the early 1200s under the leadership of Abu Bakr Naib, who completed the conversion process in Fuvahmulah started by his great grandfather Yoosuf Naib in the year 1145 CE.

<i>Syzygium cumini</i> species of plant

Syzygium cumini, commonly known as Malabar plum, Java plum, or black plum, is an evergreen tropical tree in the flowering plant family Myrtaceae. It is native to the Indian Subcontinent, adjoining regions of Southeast Asia, China and Queensland. The name of the fruit is sometimes mistranslated as blackberry, which is a different fruit in an unrelated order. Syzygium cumini has been spread overseas from India by Indian emigrants and at present is common in tropical former British colonies.

Notables

Ibrahim Nasir Maldivian politician, 2nd president of the Maldives

Ibrahim Nasir Rannabandeyri Kilegefan, KCMG, NGIV was a Maldivian politician who served as Prime Minister of the Maldives under Sultan Muhammad Fareed Didi from December 1957 to 1968 and succeeded him to become the first President of the Second Republic from 1968 to 1978.

President of the Maldives head of state and government of the Maldives

The President of the Maldives is the head of state and head of government of the Republic of Maldives and the commander-in-chief of the Maldives National Defence Force.

Ustaz Justice Mohamed Rasheed Ibrahim, from the island of Fuvahmulah, is the President of Islamic Fiqh Academy of the Maldives. He also served as the Chief Justice and President of the Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs of the Maldives. He was educated from Egypt and Saudi Arabia.

Dr. Khaulath Mohamed (1973-2013) the first female of the island who received PhD. She did her PhD in political science in the University of Manchester

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