The first Law Update of 2024 is here, and our first focus of the year spotlights Healthcare and Lifesciences, a sector that is undergoing significant growth and development across the MENA region.
Our focus provides an insight into some of the most important regulatory updates across the region, such as the UAE’s groundbreaking law on the use of human genome, Kuwait’s resolution on nuclear and radioactive materials, the new regulations for healthcare services in Qatar, Egypt’s healthcare regulatory framework, and the impact of the Saudi Civil Transactions Law on the healthcare and life sciences sector … and there is so much more!
Beyond the healthcare pages our lawyers share with you multi-sector insights where you will discover articles on Dubai’s DIFC regulatory framework for startups, Bahrain’s commercial agencies law, and we also shed light on Kuwaiti civil code and the advantages of setting up a joint stock company in Saudi Arabia.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.