Omani Shari’ah authority holds first meeting

The High Sharia Supervisory Authority held its inaugural meeting at the Central Bank of Oman HQ in Muscat with Sheikh Dr Kahlan bin Nabhan Al Kharoosi, Sheikh Dr Abdullatif bin Mahmood Al Mahmood, Dr Said Bouheraoua, Ahmed Suhaimi bin Yahya and Dr Yaqoob bin Mohammed Al Waily in attendance. The formation of the High Sharia Supervisory Authority is considered pivotal to the CBO's efforts to introduce Islamic banking to Oman in a way that is likely to match demand. Both standalone Islamic banks as well as Shari’ah compliant windows are allows in Oman, unlike neighbouring Qatar.