Yes (subject to conditions). Additionally, due to the enactment of the Eighth Amendment to the Maldives Tourism Act (Law Number; 2/99), the government published a List of Islands and Lagoons (“List”) to be leased for tourism development. Hence, detailed proposal in accordance with the Regulation Number 2016/R-69 (Submission of Proposals for Leasing Islands, Plot of Land and Lagoons for Tourism Purpose) for the islands, sandbanks or lagoons published on the list can be submitted and leased after the evaluation process. Therefore there are possibilities of sandbanks being leased and it might be leased to a lessee of a resort nearby. As per the clause 13 (a) of the Regulation No.2012/R-7 (Boundary Regulation), dry lands (sand bank) with in the same lagoon as the resort can be allocated as a part of the leased resort.