March 2017 Report

His Majesty issued 6 royal decrees this month. The subjects of these royal decrees can be summarised as follows:

Government Restructuring

The competences of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry and its organisation structure were updated this month to reflect recent administrative changes.

Official Appointments

His Highness Sayyid Asaad bin Tariq Al Said was appointed as the Deputy Prime Minister for International Relations and Cooperation.

Projects

Royal Decrees No 12/2017, 13/2017, 14/2017, and 15/2017 ratified a variety of oil exploration related agreements.

Website progress update

Currently, there are 4,103 royal decrees available on Qanoon.om, the number of them available in full-text format increased from 1200 to 1305 in March.

February 2017 Report

His Majesty issued one major royal decree last month, which is Royal Decree No 9 / 2017 amending the income tax law. This royal decree increased the standard tax rate and removed the exemption for low-income companies.

Website progress update
Currently, there are 4,097 royal decrees available on Qanoon.om, the number of them available in full-text format increased from 1000 to 1200 in February.

January 2017 Report

His Majesty issued 8 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.

Ratifications of International Instruments
Oman joined several international, regional, and bilateral agreements this month. These covered ratifying the agreement on the constitution of the GCC Economic Judicial Authoritythe Grains Trade Convention, an agreement with the UAE on cooperation in civil defence, an agreement with Hungary on the avoidance of double taxation, and an agreement with Tunisia on visa exemption for diplomatic, special, and service passports.

Government Restructuring
The regulations of the Public Authority for Stores and Food Reserve were issued this month.

Official Appointments
A royal decree was issued to appoint non-resident ambassadors to Uganda, Rwanda, Singapore, Afghanistan, Seychelles, Zimbabwe, and Angola.

Website progress update
Currently, there are 4,096 royal decrees available on Qanoon.om, the number of them available in full text format increased from 890 to 1000 in January.

November 2016 Report

The month of September was a relatively slow month on Qanoon.om as His Majesty did not issue any royal decrees during this month.

Website progress update

Currently, there are 4,088 royal decrees available on Qanoon.om, the number of them available in full text format increased from 790 to 890 in November.

We launched in November the Omani Legal Citation Standard (OLCS) – a guide for citing primary Omani legal authorities in academic works.

Finally, Qanoon.om received an impact award, read more about it here.

Qanoon.om Receives an Impact Award

I was honoured last week to receive the Professional Fellowship Program Alumni Impact Award from the United States Department of State for the transformative effective Qanoon.om had on the way laws are accessed in Oman.

Qanoon.om was launched almost a year ago and remains the only website on the internet to provide free access to all primary and secondary Omani legislation. The ten thousand or so documents we have on Qanoon.om provide information on everything from laws, regulations, and international law ramifications, to the annual budget, concession agreements, and government appoints. The response to our website has been overwhelming as our content has been viewed more than a 100,000 times within less than a year.

We are honoured by the recognition of our contribution by the State Department, and we would like to thank all of those who supported our project by sending us encouraging words and suggestions on how to improve our website.

We have many plans for making Qanoon.om a more useful website to those interested in Omani laws and we cannot wait to share them with you in the near future.

October 2016 Report

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

New Laws
There was only one law related royal decree this month which amended the Maritime Law to slightly widen the scope of the authority of the Ministry of Transport and Communications over Maritime Matters and extend certain regulatory aspects relating to Omani seamen.

Ratifications of International Instruments
Oman ratified a memorandum of understanding with Britain for cooperation in the field of defense. The memorandum was signed many years ago, but it was amended recently. The royal decree ratified both the original memorandum and its amendments. The text of the memorandum is not available to the public though.

Government Restructuring
Two new government entities were established last month, the first is the National Fund for Training – that aims to bridge the skill gap between supply and demand of employees in the market, and the second is the Execution and Coordination Support Unit.

Official Appointments
A royal decree was issued to appoint Mohammed Al Rumhi as the Chairman of the National Fund for Training, and another royal decree was issued to appoint Khamis Al Jabri as the CEO of the Execution and Coordination Support Unit.

Website progress update
Currently, there are 4,088 royal decrees available on Qanoon.om, the number of them available in full text format increased from 685 to 790 in October.

September 2016 Report

The month of September was a relatively slow month on Qanoon.om as His Majesty did not issue any royal decrees during this month.

Website progress update

Currently there are 4,082 royal decrees available on Qanoon.om, the number of them available in full text format increased from 585 to 685 in September. This number does not include recent royal decrees which are available in partial text and PDF.

We also completed uploading all the issues of the Official Gazette that we have from the beginning of 2011 to date (more than 5 years in total), which is the biggest collection of Omani Official Gazettes available for free on the internet on a single website.