Muscat – A high-level governmental committee will be formed to give licences for integrated tourism complexes (ITCs). The Minister of Heritage and Tourism issued Ministerial Decision No 136/2021 in this regard on September 12.
The committee will consist of six members, including the Undersecretary for Tourism in the Ministry of Heritage and Tourism, the Undersecretary for Urban Planning in the Ministry of Housing and Urban Planning, the Undersecretary for Investment Promotion in the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Investment Promotion, the Director General of Inquiries and Criminal Investigations in Royal Oman Police, the Director General of Planning in the Ministry of Heritage and Tourism, and the Assistant Director General for Environmental Affairs in the Environment Authority.
‘The committee will study the request and decide on it within a period not exceeding 30 days from the date of submission. It will study licensing applications for the construction of integrated tourism complexes as well as propose amendments to the licensing rules,’ a statement said.
The ministerial decision outlines some conditions that real estate developers must meet to obtain licences.
‘An application for an ITC will be submitted to the secretariat of the committee using the form prepared for this purpose. Documents that need to be attached with the application include initial development plan and a statement from a consultant about the expected percentage of the land area for construction, distributed according to the type of use, title deed or real estate property right, and commercial register or passport or ID of the developer.