January 2018 Report

His Majesty issued 7 royal decrees this month. The subjects of these royal decrees can be summarised as follows:

ANNUAL BUDGET

The annual government budget was issued as usual on the first day of the year and can be viewed in full here.

New LAWS

A brand new Penal Code (Criminal Law) to replace the old law from 1974.

Government Restructuring

Two new government entities were established this month, the first is the Competition Protection and Monopoly Prevention Centre and the second is the Media Training Centre.

PROJECTS

Public benefit status was granted to the project for the protection measures against flooding risks in Wadi Al Jafnain and to Part 1 of the railway project between Buraimi and Sohar. A royal decree also ratified an oil exploration related agreement.

WEBSITE PROGRESS UPDATE

Currently, there are 4,143 royal decrees available on Qanoon.om, the number of them available in full-text format increased from 2639 to 2743 in January.