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Welcome to the latest edition of Law Update titled “Rise of Generative AI.”
In this edition, we dive into the dynamic world of Technology, Media, and Telecommunications (TMT) across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. TMT continues to play a vital role in positioning the region as an international business and social hub, driving significant growth and innovation.
Our focus in this Law Update is on the sector’s ongoing potential to advance and propel the region toward a more digital economy. We explore the benefits of embracing a digital transformation and how local authorities have responded by enhancing regulations to accommodate the evolving TMT landscape.
This edition covers a range of topics, including – the new Telecommunications & Information Technology Law in Saudi Arabia, the intricacies of trademarks in the Metaverse, and the legal challenges faced by the video game industry. Additionally, we take a regional perspective, discussing jurisdictions such as Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Oman, and Bahrain to provide a comprehensive understanding of the TMT landscape.
We hope you thoroughly enjoy this packed issue of Law Update, filled with captivating articles that address key legal issues within a vital sector for the region.Read the full edition
On 30 March 2023, the maritime sector in the Sultanate of Oman (“Oman”) was introduced to a significant development, through the issuance of the Royal Decree No. 19/2023 (the “Decree”) by His Majesty Sultan Haitham bin Tariq. The Decree promulgates a new Maritime Law (the “Law”) for Oman, with the aim of enhancing the growth of Oman’s maritime sector, together with prioritising the importance of navigational safety, seafarer protection and environmental preservation. Furthermore, the Law encourages the development of shipbuilding and commercial maritime operations.
Notable features of the Law encompass updated regulations for maritime personnel, including maritime labour contracts, vessel registration under the Omani flag, maritime accidents and penalties, maritime liens and enforcement, while also including provisions for ship agents, cargo agents, freight forwarders and brokers.
The Decree repeals the Maritime Law enacted by Royal Decree No. 35/81 and the Law on Regulating Navigation in Regional Territorial Waters enacted by Royal Decree No. 98/81, together with any other related laws and regulations that may be in conflict with the provisions of the Law.
We are closely monitoring the developments and the issuance of regulations and decisions by the Ministry of Transport, Communications, and Information Technology of Oman, which is the authority empowered to issue the required Regulations and Decisions for the implementation of the Law.
Al Tamimi & Company possesses rights of audience to represent our clients in Oman, should a dispute arise. Through our established Omani office, we maintain an active presence in the country, ensuring we are well-prepared to address any legal matters that may emerge.
Should you have any inquiries or need support in understanding the provisions of the Law with respect to specific matters and your business operations, our team of legal experts is available to provide comprehensive guidance and assistance.
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