Monthly Digest

Decree Monthly Digest – September 2022

Decree Monthly Digest is a summary of the most significant legislation issued in the previous month.

Two royal decrees were issued in September as summarised below:

Royal Decree 58/2022 Issuing Class I Licence to Oman Tower Company to Build and Operate Passive Infrastructure for Telecommunication Towers

Licences in the telecom sector are granted by royal decree in accordance with the provisions of the Telecommunications Law. This royal decree granted Oman Towers a licence to build and operate the passive infrastructure of telecommunication towers—which is the first and only licence of its kind granted in Oman.

Royal Decree 59/2022 Amending Some Provisions of Royal Decree 5/81 Governing the Usufruct of the Lands of the Sultanate and Its Executive Regulation

This royal decree introduced a number of amendments to the Executive Regulations of Royal Decree 5/81 Governing Governing the Usufruct of the Lands of the Sultanate of Oman, the most important of which is increasing the term of the right of usufruct of government land from 50 years to 99 years.

In addition to the royal decrees mentioned above, several ministerial decisions were issued last month, with the following decisions being some of the most significant:

Telecommunication Regulatory Authority: Decision 1152/2/3/2022/1 Issuing the Regulation Governing the Provision of Voice or Video Telecommunications Service Over Internet Protocol

This decision creates a new framework for obtaining permits to provide VoIP and video calling services in Oman, and it imposes a set of new conditions on the providers of such services including a requirement to retain all equipment and data centres physically in Oman.

Ministry of Housing and Urban Planning: Ministerial Decision 192/2022 regarding the Usufruct of Land Designated for the Construction of Private School Establishments

This decision creates a new framework for granting usufruct right for the construction of private schools that sets maximum areas for the usufruct depending on the school type and the specific periods of usufruct for such uses.