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Decree Monthly Digest – June 2024

Decree Monthly Digest is a summary of the most significant updates on Decree in the previous month.

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Decree Monthly Digest – May 2024

Decree Monthly Digest is a summary of the most significant updates on Decree in the previous month.

Royal Decrees

The month of May was a slow month for royal decrees as only two royal decrees were issued. The first related to the grant of Omani nationality, and the other related to the Oman Centre for Traditional Music transfer from the Diwan of Royal Court to the Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Youth.

Ministerial Decisions

Seven ministerial decisions were published in the Official Gazette during this month, with the most significant being the Ministry of Interior Regulation Governing Cemeteries, Tax Authority’s decision forming the Tax Grievance Committee, and the MOH’s decisions on the Social Protection Law Medical Committee and Medical Grievance Committee. It is worth noting that the Ministry of Labour also issued Ministerial Decision 320/2024 Forming the Committee for Arbitration of Collective Labour Disputes, which was not published in the Official Gazette.

Intel

Decree Intel was updated with overviews of the Ministry of Education and the Environment Authority, and with MJLA Fatwa 212746193 (Applying Civil Transactions Law to Contractual Rights) and MJLA Fatwa 212743851 (Contract Value Revision).

Blog Updates

Our blog featured a guest post by Wadhah Al-Hinai titled “Safeguarding Trust and Privacy: The Crucial Role of Confidentiality Clauses in Contracts” along with short updates on the cemeteries regulation and MOH’s decisions on the SPL medical committees.

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Decree Monthly Digest – April 2024

Decree Monthly Digest is a summary of the most significant updates on Decree in the previous month.

Royal Decrees

Four royal decrees were issued in April, three of which established nature reserves: Buraimi Oasis Natural Reserve, Dhahirah Natural Reserve, and Al-Jabal Al-Gharbi Natural Reserve. The other royal decree ratified the Agreement between the Government of the Sultanate of Oman and the Swiss Federal Council concerning the Employment Authorization of Accompanying Persons of Official Employees.

Ministerial Decisions

Twelve ministerial decisions were published in the Official Gazette during this month, with the most significant being CBO’s Money Services Business Regulation, ROP’s amendments to the Executive Regulation of the Traffic Law relating to bike riding schools, FSA’s Governance Regulation for the Account for the Treatment of Visitors in Emergencies, and TA’s amendments to the Rules for Automated Exchange of Financial Accounts Information relating to controlling persons.

Intel

Decree Intel was updated with overviews of the Financial Services Authority and of the Ministry of Energy and Minerals, and with Case Summary: Supreme Court (Labour Circuit: Contestation) 548/2017 (Failure to Terminate a Definite Period Contract) and Fatwa Summary: MJLA Fatwa 212744737 (Oman Housing Bank VAT Exemption).

Blog Updates

Our blog featured posts on the new Biometrics Law, MTCIT’s Personal Data Protection Policy for Government Entities, nature reserves under Omani law, ROP’s decision on bike riding schools, and FSA’s decision on emergency treatment funding for visitors.

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Decree Monthly Digest – March 2024

Decree Monthly Digest is a summary of the most significant updates on Decree in the previous month.

Royal Decrees

Nine royal decrees were issued in March, with the most significant ones being those establishing the Financial Services Authority, promulgating the Biometric Law, and amending the Law of the State of Emergency and the Criminal Procedure Law.

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Decree Monthly Digest – February 2024

Decree Monthly Digest is a summary of the most significant updates on Decree in the previous month.

Royal Decrees

Six royal decrees were issued in February, with the most significant being those related to the restructuring of the health sector in Oman, which are Royal Decree 10/2024 Determining the Competences of the Ministry of Health and Adopting Its Organisational Structure and Royal Decree 11/2024 Establishing the University Medical City and Promulgating Its System. Also for the first time since October 2022, the government awarded concessions over new oil blocks through Royal Decrees 8/2024 and 9/2024.

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Decree Monthly Digest – January 2024

Decree Monthly Digest is a summary of the most significant updates on Decree in the previous month.

Royal Decrees

Four royal decrees were issued in January, with the most significant being Royal Decree 1/2024 Ratifying the General Budget of the State for Fiscal Year 2024 and Royal Decree 2/2024 Establishing the National Fund for Emergency Cases.

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Decree Monthly Digest – November 2023

Decree Monthly Digest is a summary of the most significant updates on Decree in the previous month.

Royal Decrees

Eleven royal decrees were issued in November, with the most significant being Royal Decree 80/2023 regarding Tax Exemption and Royal Decree 84/2023 Restructuring Oman Development Bank SAOC.

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Decree Monthly Digest – October 2023

Decree Monthly Digest is a summary of the most significant updates on Decree in the previous month.

Royal Decrees

Three royal decrees were issued in October, the first two promulgating the Public Debt Law and the Tourism Law, and the third appointing new ambassadors.

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Decree Monthly Digest – September 2023

Decree Monthly Digest is a summary of the most significant updates on Decree in the previous month.

Royal Decrees

Twelve royal decrees were issued in September, with the most significant being Royal Decree 62/2023 Amending Some Provisions of the Civil Aviation Law. Royal decrees were also issued establishing an embassy for the Sultanate of Oman in Australia, ratifying civil aviation agreements with Senegal and Belarus, and acceding to the Convention on the International Organization for Marine Aids to Navigation.

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Decree Monthly Digest – August 2023

Decree Monthly Digest is a summary of the most significant updates on Decree in the previous month.

Decree Intel

Decree Intel was launched providing explanatory notes, overviews of government entities, and summaries of Supreme Court cases and MJLA Fatwas to Decree subscribers. You can learn more about this in our announcement post.

Royal Decrees

No royal decrees were published in the Official Gazette in the month of August.

Ministerial Decisions

Five ministerial decisions were published in the Official Gazette during this month, with the most significant ones being MEM’s Amendment to the Executive Regulation of the Mining Law, MOH’s decision Specifying Medicines that May be Dispensed without a Prescription, EA’s Regulation on Environmental Permits, and SMEDA’s new SME Financing Regulation.

Events

Applications are still open for the Middle East School on Internet Governance co-hosted by Decree.

Blog Updates

Our blog featured two posts by Mohammed Al-Farsi titled “New Omani Labour Law: 5 Employee Rights and 5 Employer Rights” and “Banned Barbie: Censorship Law in Oman“, along with a guest post by Duniya Al-Nabhani titled “Protection of the Rights of the Disabled under Omani Law“, a guest post by Bassam Al-Balushi titled “Biotechnology: Ethical Dilemma and Financial Issues“, a guest post by Adeeb Al-Mazroui titled “Smart Homes and Privacy Risks“, and a guest post by Faris Al-Said titled “Ranked Choice Voting: A Missed Opportunity in the New Shura Elections Law“.

Other News

Decree signed an MOU with the Omani Lawyers Association to provide special subscription rates for small and medium Omani law firms.