Maldives President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih has revealed the state’s plan of developing another office building.
President Solih made the revelation after inaugurating the new government office complex developed at Hulhumale’ Phase I. The new office complex is named after the late Umar Zahir, a long-serving government official.
At the official inauguration ceremony, President Solih hoisted the national flag inside the premises.
The government decided to open an office complex to reduce state expenditure on running many of its bodies on rent. Several government offices had previously run in various private buildings, which incurred significant rent costs.
President Solih announced his administration’s decision for a new building in 2019.
The new complex will provide a spacious working area for each of the ministries set to relocate there. The complex was developed with state-of-the-art equipment and will feature contemporary facilities to enhance the work environment. Each of the floors will house only one ministerial body.
Speaking about relocating several government offices to Hulhumale’, President Solih said that the employees working in these offices can now work peacefully away from the noise and commotion in Male’ City.
According to President Solih, this is also the first time government ministries are run outside of the country’s capital city.
Ministries in the new office complex
- Ground and first floors: Parking Areas
- Second Floor: Ministry of Gender, Family and Social Services
- Third Floor: Ministry of Transport and Civil Aviation
- Fourth Floor: American Embassy
- Fifth Floor: Ministry of Higher Education
- Sixth Floor: Meeting rooms, seminar rooms, and terrace
Each of the floors has an area of 25,000 square feet. The complex was developed for an approximate total of MVR 185 million.