Home ministry to create replica of ancient island village

The home ministry is planning to create a replica of an ancient island village on the eastern side of Malé to mark the upcoming golden jubilee of independence from the British.

Various cultural activities as well as arts and handicraft will be presented to the public during a three-day event. The home ministry has not announced a date for the exhibition.

Deputy home minister Abdulla Mohamed told the press today that small thatch houses, swings, and huts made of coconut palm trunks, will be built in the area stretching from Usfasgandu to the carnival area.

Small boats will be docked at the artificial beach while 20 halls will be set up for the 20 atolls of the Maldives to showcase the country’s history and culture.

The Maldives gained independence from the British on July 26, 1965.

The ‘Minivan 50’ office (Independence 50) set up to plan and oversee celebratory activities also plans to hold cultural events across the country.

A team of judges from the ministry will select the best presentation, after which it will be featured at the event in the capital.

Other activities to mark the golden jubilee include a skydiving event and a sea sports festival.