Qatar’s Cabinet has approved a draft law regulating the press, publications, media activities and the arts and referred it to the Shoura Council to consider. If approved it will replace Qatar Law No. 8/1979 on Press and Publication and Qatar Decree-Law No. 16/1993 on Advertising, Public Relations and Artistic Production and Works. In June, the Emir issued a law establishing the Media City which will have its own legal personality and independent budget. The City allows licensed companies to hire their employees, regulate their status and import supplies without having to register them and benefits from with tax exemptions for 20 years.