Council of State of Oman

مجلس الدولة العماني

Majlis ad-Dawla al-ʿUmāniyyi
Term limits
4 years
FoundedNovember 1997
Abdulmalik Al Khalili[1]
since 3 November 2020
Deputy chairman
Political groups
  Non-partisan (83)
Appointment by the Sultan of Oman
Meeting place

The Council of State (Arabic: مجلس الدولة العماني Majlis ad-Dawla al-ʿUmāniyyi) is the upper house of the Council of Oman. It has 83 members all of whom are appointed by the Sultan. The other house is the Consultative Assembly (Majlis al-Shura).

Legislative process

The Council of State was established in December 1997 with a Royal Decree which states (article 17) that "the State Council shall assist the Government to implement the overall development strategy and shall contribute in deepening the roots of the Omani society, maintaining the achievements and ascertaining the principles of the basic law of the state".[2]

In October 2011, the legislative process was amended by a new Royal Decree; the Council of Ministers now refers a draft law to the Consultative Assembly which has to approve or amend it within 3 months of referral. The draft law is then referred to the Council of State which has to approve or amend it. If the two bodies disagree, they take a vote to resolve the difference. If an absolute majority approves the draft law the Chairman of the Council of State refers it to the Sultan.[3]


Identified Article 17 of the State Council and the Shura system to the Council of State does everything possible to assist in the implementation of development plans and contribute to the consolidation of the inherent values of the Omani society and preserve the achievements and reaffirm the principles enshrined in the Basic Law of the State, and separated article (18) of the same system to achieve its goals the following powers:



The State Council has 83 members; they are appointed by the Sultan for a 4-year term.[2]


The members of the council are mainly:

See also


  1. ^ a b "State Council delegation returns from Sri Lanka visit". Muscat Daily. Archived from the original on 16 March 2018. Retrieved 2 January 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Royal Decree No. 86/97". Shura. Archived from the original on 19 September 2011. Retrieved 23 August 2013.
  3. ^ "Oman's Sultan Qaboos gives larger role to Shura". Gulf News. 21 October 2011. Retrieved 24 August 2013.