Muscat: A government committee, to oversee licensing of integrated tourism complexes and the framing of work systems has been formed by a ministerial decision issued by the Ministry of Heritage and Tourism.
The decision stipulates that a government committee for licensing integrated tourism complexes will be formed under the chairmanship of the Minister of Heritage and Tourism and the membership of the Undersecretary of the Ministry of Heritage and Tourism for Tourists as Vice President, the Undersecretary of the Ministry of Housing and Urban Planning for Urban Planning, the Undersecretary of the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Investment Promotion for Investment Promotion and the Director General of Inquiries and Investigations in The Royal Oman Police, Director General of Planning at the Ministry of Heritage and Tourism, and Assistant Director General for Environmental Affairs at the Environment Authority.
The committee may seek the assistance of whomever it deems appropriate from consultants, experts and specialists to attend its sessions in order to be guided by their opinions without them having a counted vote in the decisions issued by the committee.
The committee is responsible for the following tasks:
1- Studying applications for licensing to grant the status of integrated tourism complexes
2- A proposal to amend the licensing rules and regulations for the establishment of integrated tourist complexes
3- Any other issues referred by the chairman of the committee that are related to licenses for integrated tourism complexes
Applications for obtaining a license for an integrated tourist complex shall be submitted to the Secretariat of the Committee on the form prepared for this purpose, provided that 8 documents are attached to it, which are the initial development plan and a statement from the consultant about the exploited percentage of the land area for construction, distributed according to the type of use, title deed or real property right, commercial register or passport or ID of the developer, and a preliminary statement of the number of shareholders, if any, and their shares in the project.
The license application must fulfill all the conditions and requirements stipulated in this decision. In the event that none of them are met, the secretariat of the Committee will notify the license applicant of the shortcomings in his application and give him 60 days from the date of his notification to complete the required documents, otherwise the application will be considered rejected.
The committee meets at the invitation of the chairman or his deputy within 30 days from the date of submitting the application that fulfills all the prescribed conditions and requirements and the meeting of the committee is valid in the presence of the majority of its members, provided that the chairman or his deputy is among them. The committee issues its decisions by the majority of the votes of the attending members.
The committee studies the request and decides on it within a period not exceeding 30 days from the date of its presentation to it. In the event of rejection, the decision must be justified.
The license applicant, in the event of his application being rejected, may appeal against the committee’s decision to the Minister of Heritage and Tourism, within 60 days from the date of his notification of the rejection, and the Minister must decide on the complaint within 30 days and the lapse of the period without a response is considered a rejection of the request.
The fee for studying the license application is OMR 500.
The license fee is OMR 5,000 for lands with an area of 200,000 square meters, and OMR 5 for each additional 1,000 square meters if the land area exceeds 200,000 square meters.