The dock at Male'. Malé is the capital and most populous city in the Republic of Maldives. With a population of 133,412 and an area of 5.8 square kilometres, it is also one of the most densely populated cities in the world. The city is geographically located at the southern edge of North Malé Atoll. This image was taken Velana International Airport, also known as Malé International Airport, previously known as Ibrahim Nasir International Airport, is the main international airport in the Maldives. It is located on Hulhulé Island in the North Malé Atoll, nearby the capital island Malé. Today, the airport is well connected with major airports around the world, mostly serving as the main gateway into the Maldives for tourists just before entering the terminal. Most people miss this opportunity to see this as they depart the islands.