The final preparations as Maldives prepare to unveil Sinamale Bridge, the most ambitious infrastructural development project undertaken by the government. The landmark overwater bridge, which connects Male City and Hulhule, marks the first time for two islands in Maldives to be connected by a man-made structure across an ocean channel. The bridge will be officially unveiled on August 30, 2018. The project is estimated to cost USD 200 million, out of which USD 116 million was provided as free aid and USD 72 million as a loan by China. The Maldivian government is bearing USD 12 million of the project cost.