The final Law Update of 2022 is here, and it’s packed full of articles. The double edition features two focus areas, first is a spotlight on Energy and Resources and second we feature a collection of articles on Transport and Logistics. The developments occurring in these sectors in the MENA region are unprecedented and our lawyers cover vast themes for you.
The Energy and Resources focus features topics such as diversifying energy resources, solar PV, mining in the Middle East, renewable energy and green hydrogen. From a transport perspective, we draw attention to the Bahrain metro project, discuss the challenges and remedies associated with the repossession of an aircraft, and there is advice on what to consider should a party vary the terms of a shipping contract.
This edition navigates you through updates from across jurisdictions such as, Oman, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Iraq, Qatar, and the UAE. Each article is timely and provides insights into legal issues and cases that are affecting these sectors across the region.Read the full edition
Oman’s Ministry of Commerce and Industry is in the latter stages of implementing a new foreign investment law which was drafted with consultation from the World Bank. The stated purpose of the new law is clear: attract a greater variety of global investors to the Omani economy.
While still in draft form and subject to final review by the legislative and administrative bodies, if the new law is approved in its current form it is likely to contain provisions which achieve the following:
Key Sectors to Benefit
The new law, if passed, will resonate positively with global investors and provide additional encouragement to capitalise on a market where transparency and ease of doing business have improved considerably in recent years, according to figures collected by independent bodies.
With a population that grew by 8 percent between the end of 2014 and September 2015, demand for financial services, tourism, hospitality, manufacturing, and healthcare is poised for rapid growth as Oman makes strides towards its Vision 2020 programme of economic diversification.
Once approved, the new foreign investment law could dovetail well with the proposed new law on the mining of Oman’s rich reserves of metals and minerals as investors look towards the start of the next upturn in the commodities cycle.
A further update will be issued later this year once the new law has been ratified and passed.