14 new islands to be leased for resort development

The government has decided to lease 14 new islands for resort development to finance regional airports and housing projects.

According to the government gazette, six islands will be leased on a tender basis to develop regional airports in Dhaalu Atoll Kudahuvadhoo, Thaa Atoll Thimarafushi, Shaviyani Atoll Funadhoo, Gaaf Dhaal Maavedhhoo, Gaa Alif Atoll Raavereha and Fuvahmulah.

A further eight islands will be leased to raise funds for housing development and housing subsidies.