According to local newspaper reports, Oman’s Shoura Council has issued a Decision halving the minimum wage requirement for expatriate workers who are looking to bring their family to the Sultanate with them. The wage requirement has been cut from 600 to 300 Rials. The change comes as the country looks to diversify its economy through its Tanfeedh programme.
Read Oman Official Gazette, issues 1209, 1210 promulgating the Regulation organising maritime pilot licenses
Oman Official Gazette, issues 1209, 1210 contain various public and private pieces of legislation including Oman Ministerial Decision No. 138/2017 promulgating the Regulation organising maritime pilot licenses.
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The Royal Oman Police have announced a new e-visa system is going to be launched. Applicants will be able to apply through their website and will be available to all countries and nationalities. It is going to be linked to relevant ministries, including the Manpower Ministry for work-permits, the Commerce and Industry Ministry to validate commercial register entries and the Civil Service Ministry for Government visas for foreign civil servants. The aim is to have two visa types. One will be for 67 tourist countries and 116 professions. Another list will be for GCC residents.
The Deputy Chairman of Oman’s Shoura Council, Mohammed Al Ghassani has suggested Oman is considering plans to allow foreigners to buy property outside of integrated tourism complexes if they meet certain conditions. The aim would be to boost the housing market and the economy. Foreigners can currently only buy property in defined tourism communities.
Oman’s Government is considering adopting a governance structure as part of plans to open the door for Public Private Partnership (PPP) projects in the Sultanate. A new PPP law has already been drafted and is likely to be enacted soon. It could adopt some of the existing bodies and functions under the existing Privatisation Law. It also sets out a legal framework for the procurement of PPP projects in the country.