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.

August 2016 Report

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

New Laws
The most significant legislative update this past month was definitely the amendment to the Traffic Law which with new penalties for traffic offenses. A law was also issued to extend the validity of licenses to operate foreign accounting firms and to extend the exemption given to Omanis from the full-time rule for operating accounting firms until the end of 2017.

Ratifications of International Instruments
Two royal decrees relating to international law instruments were issued this month. In the first one Oman acceded to the Convention on Combating Bribery of Foreign Public Officials in International Business Transactions, while the second one ratified Oman’s agreement with Russia on the visa exemption of diplomatic, special, and service passports.

Government Restructuring
The Ministry of Heritage and Culture was restructured with new competences.

Misc
The last remaining royal decree that was issued this month were nationality related royal decrees (first, second, and third).

Website progress update
Currently there are 4,082 royal decrees available on Qanoon.om, the number of them available in full text format remains at 585 – the same as last month.

A new major section has been added to the website for finding Ministerial Decisions. We have uploaded to this section all the Ministerial Decisions that were published in the Legislation Volumes from the year 1973 onwards, which are at the moment 2886 decisions. Using the search engine of the website will locate royal decrees as well as ministerial decisions.

July 2016 Report

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

Ratifications of International Instruments
Oman ratified two agreements in July, the first is an agreement with Qatar for cooperating in the area of security, and the second is an agreement with Brazil for visa exemption for certain passports.

Misc
The last remaining royal decree that was issued this month was a nationality decree.

Website progress update
Currently there are 4,074 royal decrees available on Qanoon.om, the number of them available in full text format remains at 585 – the same as last month.

June 2016 Report

New Royal Decrees

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

New Laws
A new Law on Combating Money Laundering and Financing Terrorism was passed replacing the Law on Combating Money Laundering of 2010.

Ratifications of International Instruments
Oman ratified the Articles of Agreement of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank.

Government Restructuring
The Directorate Endowments and Religious Affairs in Dhofar in the Ministry of Endowments and Religious Affairs was promoted to a Directorate General.

Official Appointments
The Omani ambassadors to the UAE, Qatar, Tunisia, Turkey, Pakistan, Germany, Senegal, Lebanon, Egypt, Tanzania, Brazil and the United Nations were changed this month by Royal Decree No 29/2016.

Misc
The two remaining royal decrees that were issued this month were nationality decrees. The first granted Omani nationality and the second restored the nationality to individuals who lost it.

Website progress update
Currently there are 4,071 royal decrees available on Qanoon.om, the number of them available in full text format remains at 585 – the same as last month.

We launched a new section for the Official Gazette on the website in which users can download the full PDF of the issue. We currently have 204 issues uploaded.

May 2016 Report

New Royal Decrees

May was not the most happening month on the legal front in Oman. His Majesty only issued four royal decrees this month. The subjects of these royal decrees can be summarised as follows:

New Laws and Amendment 

Two newly overhauled laws were issues this month. The first is the Law of the Public Administration Institute, the body responsible for developing the capacity of civil servants. The institute was established in 1980 and this new law is an overhaul of the working mechanisms of the organisation.

The second overhauled laws is the Law Regulation Engineering Offices. This law regulates the kind of engineering activities that must be licensed to operate and the conditions for acquiring the necessary licences.

Misc

The two remaining royal decrees that were issued this month were nationality decrees. Both were for restoring Omani nationality to people who lost it.

Website progress update

Currently there are 4,065 royal decrees available on Qanoon.om. In December only 13 of these royal decrees were available in full text and Word document format, this number increased to 129 royal decrees in January, to 235 in February, to 385 in March, to 485 in April, and to 585 in May. This number does not include recent royal decrees which are available in partial text and PDF.

April 2016 Report

New Royal Decrees

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

Ratifications of International Instruments

Oman ratified its agreement with Germany on the mutual exemption from visa requirements for holders of biometric official passports. This agreement covers special, diplomatic, and service Omani passports and allows their holders to enter Germany without a visa. Oman has signed similar agreements with numerous countries around the world such as France, Italy, Portugal, Korea, and many more.

Official Appointments

The name of the Human Rights Committee was changed to the Omani Human Rights Committee, and new members were appointed to it. According to Royal Decree 124/2008, the members of this committee are to be changed every three years and almost three years have passed since they were last changed, so this change is periodic procedure in accordance with the law.

Misc

Two nationality-related royal decrees were issued last month, one for the grant of Omani nationality to new citizens and one to restore nationality to others.

Website progress update

Currently there are 4,061 royal decrees available on Qanoon.om. In December only 13 of these royal decrees were available in full text and Word document format, this number increased to 129 royal decrees in January, to 235 in February, to 385 in March, and to 485 in April. This number does not include recent royal decrees which are available in partial text and PDF.