Two cafés in Addu City have been given permit to operate 24 hours daily.
They are Hot Box Café operating in Seenu Hithadhoo and Three X Lounge Café in Seenu Feydhoo.
Ministry of Economic Affairs had decided in May to give 24 hour operation permits to businesses in set areas in the city. They were three areas in Hithadhoo, two in Maradhoo, one in Maradhoo-Feydhoo, two in Feydhoo, as well as two areas in Hulhudhoo.
Capital Malé City is the only other island that has 24 hour operating permits for businesses, with 15 restaurants and nine shops currently operating 24 hours a day.
Economic ministry is also preparing to give 24 hour permits to operate in Hulhumalé.
They have also set guidelines for this permit, including cleanliness standards, installation of 24 hour CCTV camera systems, and being a non-smoking area.