Visualizing Serenity in Kelaa (Haa Alif Atoll)

Kelaa is one Maldives’ northernmost islands and is center to the nation’s history, primarily due to its close proximity to islands like Baarah and Utheemu. Kelaa has also had a history of producing some of Maldives’ more renowned scholars. With a population of 1,200 and a length of 3.06 km and a width of 1.04 km, it is one of the least densely populated islands in the country. For this reason, most of the island is made up of green lands and large shores. Thus, Kelaa remains tranquil and brimming with serenity for anyone who sets foot on her soil.


January 8th, 2018: Kelaa is known for its massive shores, isolated from the island’s homes by thick green lands and fields used for farming.

January 8th, 2018: A farmer native to the island sorts his yield. Kelaa has large areas, near its hefty green lands, cleared for farming and agriculture.

January 8th, 2018: The setting sun lights a golden sky silhouetting the minaret at Kelaa’s sole single-storey mosque, used by the entirety of its residents.

January 8th, 2018: Kelaa’s central road. Wider than most, islands in the country conventionally has one large central road that extends from end to the other.

January 8th, 2018: Three women sitting at a ‘Fini'ashi’, spaces constructed solely for the purpose of meeting each other. Last year, Kelaa – along with Thakandhoo – made history by electing a female-majority local government council.