FAQ

Q: Is Decree an official source for English translations of Omani laws?

No, Decree is a private non-governmental project and the translations available on this website are not official.

Q: Why do you require users to register to use this website?

Due to the substantial investment required for producing the translations made available on this website, Decree is considering a variety of operating models to ensure the sustainability of the project. As part of this consideration, Decree requires user registration to evaluate the number and background of individuals interested in using the website.

Q: Does Decree contain all Omani legislation?

Decree currently only publishes a portion of primary Omani legislation, namely laws and royal decrees. The website has the titles of every single royal decree and law issued from 1973, even if the full translation of the law is not available. Decree does not currently publish the titles or content of any secondary legislation such as ministerial decisions and regulations.

Q: Can I submit a request to translate a specific legislation or document?

Decree does not currently accept translation requests nor does it provide any translation services.

Q: What are public domain translations?

In addition to the translations produced by Decree, Decree publishes translations that are produced by official government entities and which are not protected by copyright. These translations have not been reviewed by Decree and are published on the website temporarily until Decree produces its own translation for each of these public domain translations.

Q: Will secondary legislation such as ministerial decisions be translated?

At this stage, Decree is focusing on making primary legislation available. Translations of ministerial decisions and other secondary legislation will be considered at future stages of the project.

Q: How often is Decree updated?

Decree will be updated on a weekly basis.

Q: What is the difference between royal decrees and laws?

A royal decree is a versatile legislative instrument issued by His Majesty the Sultan that performs a variety of functions from the promulgation of laws to the appointment of government officials. A law is a very specific legal instrument that governs a certain subject matter. All laws in the Sultanate of Oman nowadays get promulgated by royal decree, but not all royal decrees promulgate laws.

Q: What is the Official Gazette?

The Official Gazette is a weekly publication issued by the Ministry of Justice and Legal Affairs in which legislation is published. New royal decrees are usually announced by Oman News Agency on the same day a royal decree is issued, but the full text of the royal decree is usually published in the Official Gazette on the Sunday following the issuance of the royal decree. Therefore, it is usually not possible to view the full contents of a royal decree except the following week.

Q: What is the “Auto Translate’ feature and how does it work?

This feature is available for any royal decree that has not yet been translated by Decree. Machine translation adopts Google translation technology to provide automated and immediate translations using Qanoon as its source.

Q: What are Consolidated Laws?

A consolidated version of a law contains all the amendments issued for that law. You can learn more about our consolidation methodology at this link.

Q: Why do Decree translations not capitalise defined terms?

The translations of Decree follow the Irfan Rulebook, which recommends not capitalising defined terms. You can read more about our translation methodology on this page.

Q: Why are there no hyperlinks for some laws in the recitals of certain royal decrees?

There is a small number of legacy laws promulgated in the early 1970s directly by His Majesty without a royal decree. An example of this is the old Commercial Companies Law 4/74. The majority of such legacy laws have been abolished and Decree does not currently publish any of them.