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Sisi issues decree allowing King of Bahrain to own land in Egypt's Sinai

The Egyptian law restricts land and property ownership in Sinai to Egyptians who hold no other nationality and are born to Egyptian parents

Ahram Online , Sunday 9 Oct 2016
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A handout picture released by the Egyptian Presidency on April 26, 2016 shows Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi shaking hands with Bahrain's King Hamad bin Issa al-Khalifa (L) during a meeting in the capital Cairo. (Photo: AFP)
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President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi issued a decree equating King of Bahrain Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa with Egyptians in terms of property rights in Sinai, the Middle East News Agency (MENA) reported on Sunday.

Egyptian law restricts land and property ownership in Sinai to Egyptians who hold no other nationality and are born to Egyptian parents.

The amendment, as published in the official gazette, would allow Al Khalifa to purchase three villas in Sharm El-Sheikh's Naama Bay for residential use. 

Al Khalifa visited Naama Bay in April. 

In 2012, El-Sisi, then defence minister, banned the ownership of land in Sinai by non-Egyptians.

The 2012 decisiopn also banned the ownership of property by all civilians in “strategic areas” of military importance, including all land and property within five kilometres of Egypt’s borders with Gaza, exempting the northern Sinai city of Rafah.

The law, before its the 2012 changes, granted Arabs the right to own land in Sinai on a 99-year-lease-period basis. 

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