The Sina-Male' Friendship Bridge representing the friendship between China and the Maldives and the hopes and dreams of the Maldivian people has been officially opened.
At a special ceremony held last night, the bridge was opened by the President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom and the Chairman of the Chinese Development Corporation, Wang Xiaotao.
Completed in 3 years and 11 months, the Sina-Male' Bridge connects Hulhumale', Hulhule' and Male' City. It has been the biggest development project in the Maldives so far and it would bring major changes to the Maldivian economy.
Speaking at the opening ceremony, President Yameen said that the bridge opening celebrates the dawn of a new era for Maldivians and see a future unfolding into an age of progress and tranquility where dreams become a reality.
The President noted that the inauguration of the Sina-Malé Bridge fills the hearts of Maldivians with joy and excitement, as Hulhumalé is a landmass of 432 hectares being developed into a modern city to host more than 240,000 people. He also said that Maldivians have been eagerly waiting to cross the “Bridge of Hope”, into the “Lands of Tomorrow”.
President Yameen said that the construction of this mega-structure has earlier been thought to be beyond the economic and engineering resources available to the Maldives. In this regard, the President stated that his determination was to fit-in the most crucial but missing piece of development strategy for the Maldives.
The President also underscored that his priorities were to enable the government to deliver the conveniences of modern-day living for the Maldivian people, and to equip the people with tools to build better lives.
The historic opening ceremony was attends by a mass portion of the public. The opening of the bridge was preceded by a laser show and fireworks.