Over 429,000 sqft land for tourism development near Fiyori

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Gaafu Dhaalu atoll Fiyori’s Council has decided to lease over 429,000 square feet of land from Kaalhehuttaa, a neighboring uninhabited island which falls under Fiyori’s jurisdiction, to develop a tourism zone.

The island council announced bidding was now open for interested parties to lease the plot for a period of 50 years.

Fiyori’s council said plot on sale measures a total of 429,480 square feet. The lowest bidding price is MVR 0.50 per square-foot, and the council added the plot would be leased wholly.

Interested proponents are required to submit bid registration forms before November 16, and bid submission and opening is scheduled for November 30 at the council’s premises.

The council President Faizal Rasheed said that Kaalhehuttaa was the closest out of the three uninhabited islands neighboring, and under the jurisdiction of Fiyori. He added that the island’s land use plan includes leasing plots for tourism and agriculture.

From the total 9.5 hectares of Kaalhehuttaa, 5.6 hectares was earlier leased for organic farming in 2023.

“We are leasing the remaining four hectares for tourism development,” he commented.

“We opened this opportunity since several parties have already expressed interested on the area, so we decided to open the bidding for the best proposal in adherence to the policy for it.”

Faizal said the introduction of tourism in the island will enhance employment opportunities and boost Fiyori’s economy.

The area near Fiyori is home to diving and surfing points popular among travelers. Faizal believes the area is also ideal for increased tourism activities due to the rich marine biodiversity including mantas.

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