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Sudan: New Law Amending Penal Code Takes Effect

(July 23, 2020) On July 13, 2020, the Sudanese Official Gazette published Law No. 12 of 2020, which amends 15 provisions of the Penal Code of 1991. According to Justice Minister Nasredeen Abdulbari, the new provisions are part of Sudan’s efforts to eliminate all laws that violate human rights and “demolish any kind of discrimination […]

Egypt: Cabinet Eases COVID-19 Restrictions

(July 7, 2020) On June 23, 2020, Egyptian Prime Minister Moustafa Madbouli announced that, beginning on June 27, 2020, the cabinet would lift restrictions that were previously imposed to curb the spread of COVID-19. As of July 6, 2020, there had been 76,222 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Egypt, with 3,422 deaths. According the minister […]

Morocco: Government Decides to Ease Restrictions Aimed at Curbing Spread of COVID-19

(June 24, 2020) On June 9, 2020, the prime minister of Morocco, Saadeddine El Otmani, announced that the country would start easing restrictions that had been put in place to curb the spread of the COVID-19 virus. The prime minister stated that he would lift all restrictions completely by July 10, 2020. Morocco has been […]

Qatar: Installing COVID-19 Tracing App on Mobile Phones and Wearing Face Masks among Recent Mandatory Anti-pandemic Measures Instituted by Authorities

(June 11, 2020) Between May 13 and May 18, 2020, the government of Qatar announced the imposition of a number of mandatory measures aimed at reducing the country’s “stubbornly high” COVID-19 infection rate that, as of June 9, 2020, had left 71,879 people out of a population of roughly 2.8 million infected, with 62 deaths. […]

Jordan: Government Takes Steps Aimed at Curbing COVID-19 Outbreak

(Apr. 28, 2020) On April 22, 2020, the Jordanian government announced that it was easing lockdown restrictions previously put in place due to the COVID-19 outbreak in the southern provinces of Karak, Maan, and Tafilah. As a result, car repair, electricity, furniture, book, stationery, and printing shops in those provinces are allowed to resume work. […]

Arab Gulf Countries: Preventive Measures Aimed at COVID-19 Pandemic Adopted

(Apr. 14, 2020) During the month of March 2020, the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries, comprising Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Oman, Qatar, and Bahrain, adopted a number of precautionary measures aimed at preventing coronavirus infections and curbing the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. Establishing a Coronavirus Center and Suspending Flights After […]

Oman: New Foreign Capital Investment Law Comes into Force

(Apr. 13, 2020) On January 1, 2020, the Foreign Capital Investment Law came into force in the Sultanate of Oman. This law, which had been promulgated on July 1, 2019, with the issuance of Royal Decree No. 50/2019 by the Sultan of Oman, regulates direct foreign investment in the Sultanate with the aim of providing […]

Egypt: Authorities Adopt Preventive and Relief Measures Aimed at COVID-19 Outbreak

(Apr. 3, 2020) With the number of people in Egypt infected with the coronavirus nearing 1,000 during the month of March 2020, the prime minister of Egypt, Mostafa Madbouly, held a press conference on March 24 to announce a number of preventive measures effective for a period of 15 days to curb the outbreak of […]