The White Book - The Basic Law of the Sultanate of
On the Issue of the Basic Law of the State
We, Qaboos bin Said, Sultan of Oman, In confirmation of the principles which
have guided State policy in various fields during the past period, and in asserting
our determination to continue efforts to create a better future characterised by
further achievements which will bring benefits to the Country and its Citizens.
And in our determination to strengthen Oman's international position and its role
in establishing the foundations of peace, security, justice and co-operation
between different States and Peoples.
And in accordance with the exigencies of the public interest, have decreed the
The issue of the Basic Law of the State in accordance with the attached form of
This Decree shall be published in the Official Gazette and shall come into force
with effect from its date of issue.
Part One The State and the System of Government
Article 1 [Sovereignty]
The Sultanate of Oman is an independent, Arab, Islamic, fully sovereign state
with Muscat as its capital.
Article 2 [Religion]
The religion of the State is Islam and the Islamic Shariah is the basis of
Article 3 [Language]
Arabic is the official language of the State.
Article 4 [Symbols]
The law shall determine the State's Flag, its Emblem, its decorations and medals
and its National Anthem.
Article 5 [Form of Government]
The system of government is an hereditary Sultanate in which succession
passes to a male descendant of Sayyid Turki bin Said bin Sultan. It is a condition
that the male who is chosen to rule should be an adult Muslim of sound mind and
a legitimate son of Omani Muslim parents.
Article 6 [Succession]
(1) Within three days of the position of Sultan becoming vacant, the Ruling
Family Council shall determine upon who will succeed to the Throne.
(2) If the Ruling Family Council does not a