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Complete Foreign Ownership Is Now A Possibility In Omani Businesses

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Complete Foreign Ownership Is Now A Possibility In Omani Businesses


100 percent or complete foreign ownership is now possible in majority of Omani companies as per the new Foreign Capital Investment Law that came into effect in the Sultanate starting January 7, 2020. However, there was an exception of a small number of trades and services, in which this won’t be applicable.

There are 37 types of commercial activities that are prohibited for complete or 100 percent foreign ownership including translation and photocopying services, laundry, tailoring, vehicle and automotive repairs, sale of drinking water, transportation, manpower and recruitment services, taxi operation, hairdressing and salon services, fishing, rehabilitation homes meant for the elderly, or disabled, and orphans.

Leaving aside this blacklist, signifying an important but relatively smaller fraction of the Omani economy, the new law broadcasted by Royal Decree 50/2019 (FCIL) opens the doors for assuring new sectors for doing business in Oman or going for 100 percent foreign investment, as per a Muscat-based legal expert.


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