Royal Decree No. 105/2020:
Establishing the Public Authority for Special Economic Zones and Free Zones and determining its competences

Article One

A public Authority under the name “The Public Authority for Special Economic Zones and Free Zones” shall be established, shall enjoy justice personality, shall be financially and administratively independent and shall be affiliated to the Council of Ministers.

Article Two

The headquarter of the Public Authority for Special Economic Zones and Free Zones shall be located in the Governorate of Muscat and by virtue of a decision to be passed by its Board of Directors, it may establish branches in other governorates or offices outside the Sultanate

Article Three

The competences of the Public Authority for Special Economic Zones and Free Zones shall be determined in accordance with the attached Annex.

Article Four 

The Chairman of the Public Authority for Special Economic Zones and Free Zones shall also be Chairman of the Board of Directors.

Article Five

All financial allocations, assets, rights, obligations and inventories of the Special Economic Zone Authority at Duqm shall be transferred to the Public Authority for Special Economic Zones and Free Zones.

Article Six

 The employees of the Special Economic Zone Authority at Duqm shall be transferred, with the same financial grades to the Public Authority for Special Economic Zones and Free Zones. 

Article Seven

The Chairman of the Public Authority for Special Economic Zones and Free Zones shall exercise the prescribed competences of Free Zones Committee as stated in the law of Free Zones and the Royal decrees establishing the Free Zones of Al Mazyounah, Salalah and Sohar.

Article Eight

The phrases “the Special Economic Zone at Duqm”, “Board of Directors of the Special Economic Zone at Duqm”, “Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Special Economic Zone at Duqm”, “Chief Executive officer of the Special Economic Zone at Duqm”, wherever they might occur in laws and Royal decrees, shall be replaced with the phrases “the Public Authority for Special Economic Zones and Free Zones”, “the Board of Directors of the Public Authority for Special Economic Zones and Free Zones”, “the Chairman of the Board of Public Authority for Special Economic Zones and Free Zones” and “the Chairman of the Public Authority for Special Economic Zones and Free Zones”. The phrases “Free Zones Committee”, wherever it may occur in the Law of Free Zones and Royal decrees establishing the free zones of Al Mazyounah, Salalah and Sohar, referred to above, shall be replaced with the phrase “Board of Directors of the Public Authority for Special Economic Zones and Free Zones”.

Article Nine

The Public Authority for Special Economic Zones and Free Zones shall continue to enjoy he advantages, incentives and exemptions prescribed in the Laws and Royal Decrees of: The Special Economic Zone at Duqm and Free Zones until a royal decree is issued on this matter.

Article Ten

All that is contrary to this Decree or contradicts with the provisions hereof is hereby repealed. 

Article Eleven

This decree shall be published in the Official Gazette and shall come into force effective from the  date of issuance.