Expats banned from owning Oman property and land

Published:  20 Nov at 6 PM
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In a royal decree issued by Oman’s Sultan, expat ownership of real estate and land in several areas has been banned.

Regions where the ban will apply include Dhofar, in which Salalah, Buraimi, Al Wusta and Musandam are exceptions. Also banned are properties and land in Shinas, Liwa, Jabal Shams, Masirah and Jabal al Akhdar. Expats in Oman are also prohibited from owning land located on islands, near palaces or military compounds, and are banned from owning historic houses and archaeological sites. The ban will also apply to Omanis who have had their citizenship cancelled, with those affected being forced to transfer or sell their land should it be located in the banned areas.

Meanwhile in Kuwait, the emirate’s Civil Service Commission has told the Ministry of Education it must terminate the employment of186 expat staff in its executive and academic sectors. The official request must be enacted by the end of the current school year, and will cover 312 teachers, 604 support staff and 223 psychological and social researchers. The request is in line with Kuwaitization policies, with the jobs expected to be filled by Kuwaiti nationals. Should the ministry fail to respond within two weeks, the Commission will order the Ministry of Finance to cancel the contracts of the selected expatriate employees.

Also in Kuwait, controversial MP Safaa al Hashim is planning to file a complaint with public prosecutors against offensive and insulting messages as well as a death threat she received via WhatsApp. After the news broke, another MP tweeted that, regardless of whether lawmakers agree or disagree with al Hashim’s stance on expat issues, it’s wrong for individuals to take to Twitter with such massages rather than resorting to the judiciary in the correct manner.
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