Monday, April 30, 2007

Muscat Municipality discusses taxes, & smoking publicly

According to the Oman Tribune, Muscat Municipality headed a discussion about several issues such as the possibility of banning smoking in public places (have we not heard about this before?) and banning also vehicles from carrying advertisements that promote tobacco products.

There was also a discussion on increasing Municipal taxes and fees to cope with the 'impressive developments in Muscat', as the fees would be used towards funding Municipal services all over the capital. This could mean that there is a bigger rise in taxes that are being implemented on corporations on which would pass this burden down upon the consumer. So you could possibly see a rise in product prices somewhere along the way.

It is of note that such discussion are held in joint committees that involve various organizations headed by Muscat Municipality and any other organizations that are involved in projects related unto.

It is probably due to the economic boom that the Sultanate of Oman is now seeing that these panels of joint discussions are being held more frequent than they were in the past, which was only 2 or 3 times a year.



- Smoking ban in public areas likely


Amjad said...

They should really ban smoking in public as soon as possible, especially in in-doors.

Sleepless In Muscat said...

I agree very strongly with you on that comment, however, it feels very much as if this movement from the Municipality is very much overdue.

Wouldn't you think?