Oman: Major change in foreigner marriage law

Oman has made major changes to the law for its citizens to marry a foreigner, removing the requirement for state permission.

According to Omani state media, the Omani government has issued a royal decree stating that Omani citizens no longer need state permission to marry a foreign national. This royal decree is being described as a rare example of social reform in the Gulf country.

Local newspaper reports state that the government in Oman strictly controls the media and public dissent, requiring Omanis to first meet certain conditions, such as being over a certain age, to marry a foreigner. had to be performed and illegal marriages were fined.

Sultan Haitham bin Tariq al-Saeed, after assuming power in 2020 after the late Sultan Qaboos’ 50-year reign, has launched long-delayed reforms to improve fiscal stability and attract foreign investment. .

On Sunday, Sultan Haitham issued Decree 23/2023, which repealed a 1993 law that required permission from the Ministry of Interior for any Omani citizen to marry a foreigner.

The decree states that such marriages must not violate Sharia (Islamic law), public order or other provisions prohibiting persons holding certain government jobs from marrying foreigners. But marriages previously considered illegal can now be legalized.

It should be noted that the population of Oman is 3.8 million, in which the number of local citizens is more than half. The country is a relatively small producer of crude oil compared to its wealthier Gulf neighbors and has been hit by a post-2014 drop in oil prices and a drop in prices due to the pandemic.

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