According to local newspaper reports, Kuwait’s Social Affairs Minister has presented a draft law to allow the children of Kuwaiti female nationals and non-Kuwaiti men to receive social assistance. It has been referred to the Fatwa and Legislation Department to consider. The aim is to improve their living conditions and create a more equal system.
Qatar’s Financial Centre Regulatory Authority is understood to have banned crypto currency trading although no official announcement has been made. The ban apparently applies to ‘anything of value that acts as a substitute for currency, that can be digitally traded or transferred and can be used for payment or investment purposes’. However, digital forms of securities or any other financial instrument under the remit of the Authority, the Qatar Central Bank or the Qatar Financial Markets Authority, will apparently still be allowed.
Saudi Arabia’s King has issued a Royal Decree to amend the tax objection procedures for income tax, excise tax and VAT. The Decree states ‘Anyone against whom a decision has been issued by the commission may object to it in accordance with the provisions of the work rules of the committees for adjudication of tax violations and disputes’. It applies to Article 66(a) of the Income Tax Law, Article 49 of the VAT Law and Article 27 of the Excise Tax Law. The Deputy Prime Minister, Ministers and heads of relevant independent bodies have been instructed to implement it as appropriate.
Dubai’s Multi Commodities Centre has announced various new rules and regulations. They will come into force on 2 January 2020. The aim is to make it easier to do business and set-up in the Centre. The new regulations update the Centre’s existing company law framework to provide greater flexibility and make it easier to operate for businesses registered with the Centre. Key amendments include increased flexibility around a company’s Articles of Association; the introduction of different share types, allowing businesses to tailor their shareholding structures; a new dormant status and an increased ability to transfer company incorporation in the Centre.
Elsewhere, the Chairman of Ajman Free Zone has announced it has launched a new Business Hub. It will be available to freelancers, entrepreneurs and businesses who operate in the Zone. It has been specifically designed to provide investors in the Zone with a comprehensive range of services.
Saudi Arabia’s Labour and Social Development Minister has announced Saudisation requirements for health and safety jobs in the Kingdom. For positions in mega, big and medium enterprises only Saudis will be considered for professional and practitioner positions. The requirements have been included in a Ministerial Decision and are supported by the Human Resources Development Fund. A timetable for the completion of this development has also been announced along with Saudisation guidelines.
A member of the Kuwaiti municipality council has submitted a proposal to add a new article to the buildings charter. If approved, public departments and private entities will have to build nurseries for the children of their staff. The aim is to ensure entities with more than 50 female employees or more than 200 employees, from both genders, have dedicated nurseries. The member added Article 25 of the Labour Law provides for establishing nurseries in these entities but has so far not been implemented.
Oman’s Environment and Climate Affairs Ministry has proposed banning plastic bags early next year. If the proposal is approved by the Commerce and Industry Ministry next year it will be introduced within the same timeframe. It will mean companies, factories, shops and those who use single-use plastic bags will have to replace them with environmentally-friendly ones within one year of the Decision.
The Crown Prince of Sharjah, Deputy Ruler of Sharjah and Chairman of the Sharjah Executive Committee has issued Sharjah Executive Decree No. 39/2019 which makes it mandatory for all government departments in Sharjah to first get approval from the Sharjah Media Office prior to using services offered by social media influencers.
According to the resolution, all government and semi-government entities, independent government agencies, companies that the government contributes to or fully owns and private contracting companies affiliated to the government within the scope of the contract, must obtain the approval of the Sharjah Media Office prior to using services provided by social media influencers.
Whether the services are for promoting activities, services or products for government entities, or are paid for or not paid for, the Sharjah Media Office must issue the necessary administrative decision prior to implementing the contracts signed with social media influencers.
The decree came into the effect from 4 December 2019.
Asil Almazid, spokesperson and director of the Public Relations and Media Department in the Authority for Manpower of Kuwait, has announced Circular 26/2019 on giving business owners two months from the date of issuance of work permits to pay the salaries of the workers. Businesses should transfer the wages via bank transfers to local finance companies for their workers who have been recruited from abroad. Almazil has said the Labour Inspection Department is conducting an inspection to make sure that this deadline is being respected.
The Technology and Innovation Committee in the Council of State has discussed a study on the relevance of the Anti-Information Technology Crime Law (Oman Sultani Decree No. 12/2011) to the rapid technical developments and its social and economic impact in Oman. The discussion took place during the first annual session of the seventh term.