MoCI Warns against Using Official Emblems without License or Offending Omani Clothes

Muscat— The Ministry of Commerce and Industry

(MoCI) has seized military uniforms sold in local markets contrary to the

Ministerial Decision No. 270/2015. The Directorate General of

Commerce and Industry in Sohar in the Governorate of North Al

Batinah has seized products containing the official emblems of the

country. The ministry has confiscated these products and initiated legal

actions against violating businesses and individuals. The inspection

campaigns on shops will continue.

The ministry has warned all commercial establishments and

companies against the illegal use of the royal emblem (crown, khanjar

and two swords) and the national emblem of Oman (khanjar and two

swords), as well as the use of the Omani khanjar and the Sultanate’s

map on various commercial products, as a trademark, commercial

advertisement or on locally made or imported jewelry, products or other

goods without prior permission from the ministry.

The use of the Sultanate’s emblem or royal emblem without a

license from the ministry is contrary to the Royal Decree No. 53/2004 of

the Law of National Flag, Emblem and Anthem, which states (It is

prohibited to use the emblem as a trademark or for commercial

advertisement. Likewise, the emblem shall not be put on locally made

or imported jewelry, products or other goods without prior approval

from the Minister of Commerce and Industry).

The Royal Decree stipulated a number of penalties for

violators. Article (15) stipulated imposing fines against violating shops

in the case of using the Emblem without a license and the confiscation

of seized materials, without prejudice to any heavier punishment

stipulated in any other law.

In the previous period, the ministry has seized products

containing the royal emblem (Crown, khanjar and two swords) and the

national emblem (khanjar and two swords) in various governorates of

the Sultanate through the inspection campaigns carried out by the

ministry on shops, in cooperation with the Royal Oman Police (ROP)

and the Public Prosecution where the seized products consisted of

khanjars, swords, sticks, Massars or turbans, shawls, watches and

rings.

The ministry also indicated that it would take legal actions

against any offend of Omani clothes, such as Omani dishdasha,

Massar and kummah or making any amendments that offend the

Omani identity. The Ministry of Commerce and Industry has already

warned commercial establishments and companies against any form of

infringement of the Omani identity and not to sell or import such

products in any way.

The Ministerial Decision No. 270/2015 prohibits the importation

of readymade garments, fabrics, textiles, shoes and all goods

containing images, slogans, offensive or obscene words that violate

public order and morality, as well as those which affect heavenly laws

or contain images, logos or phrases related to any terrorist

organization. It also prohibits the promotion of such goods by any

means whatsoever, as well as the prohibition of the importing military or

similar clothes and their accessories, and prohibit import, design or

infringement of traditional Omani clothing or make any amendments

that offend the Omani identity.

The ministry has confiscated offensive clothing and military

clothing during the last period. The decision also sets strict penalties

for anyone violates and damages Omani traditional costumes. Anyone

contravenes the provisions of this decision shall be punished by an

administrative fine not exceeding (RO 500) and an administrative fine

not exceeding (RO 1000) in the case of repeated violation for the

second time with the suspension of the offending activity for 3 months.

An administrative fine not exceeding RO 3000 shall be the punishment

if the offence is repeated for the third time and the offending activity will

be removed from the commercial register.

Hence, the ministry calls upon all commercial establishments

wishing to use the official emblems in their products by obtaining

authorization from the ministry, as well as not to make any excesses

that offend the Omani cloths. The ministry also requests everyone’s

cooperation by reporting through the ministry’s website, social media

channels or contacting the ministry’s offices during working hours for

any irregularities in this regard.

Source: Oman News Agency

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