Male is the capital of the Republic of Maldives which is about 1.77 sq. kilometers, 10 mins. away from Male International Airport by dhoni (traditional boat).I was told that there are 80,000 people residing in Male. Quite congested to live I guess, they said after the Tsunami that hit in 2004 a lot of residents from the neighbouring island fleed to Male as they believe it is safer place to be because of its water dikes surrounding the island. You will never be lost in Male, you can tour around the whole island in 15-20 mins by taxi or motorbike. If you walk from the main street and just continue to walk you will come back to the same place either ways. A lot of streets in Male are one way but there are too many motorbikes..
Male is a place to shop too..its a tiny piece of land but it has everything you can think of. Specially with latest technologies from 3G mobile phones to Plasma screens..almost competing with Dubai. There is a famous street in Male, - Majeeddhemagu (i'm not sure if this is correct spelling!) if you walk just on this street, you will find yourself wandering in the middle of a street market. There are many restaurants too. From Indian food, Italian, Thai, indonesian, italian..wow..too many to mention. Although, I must admit I havent come across fastfood in Male so far. Being a 100% Muslim country alcoholic beverage is not available in anywhere Male.
There are many hotels as well, cheap and provides only the necessities and no 5* hotel in Male.