Sisi’s decree allows Bahrain king to own three villas in Sinai

Bahrain’s King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa (right), walks with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi upon his arrival to attend an Arab summit in Sharm el-Sheikh, South Sinai, Egypt, on March 27, 2015. (File photo:AP)

Egyptian President Abdulfatah al-Sisi has issued a decree allowing Bahrain’s king to purchase three villas in Sinai Peninsula’s tourist haven Sharm al-Sheikh, Middle East News Agency (MENA) reported on Sunday.

Egyptian law prohibits land and property ownership to non-Egyptians in Sinai but Sisi made an amendment, allowing Bahrain’s King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa to buy the villas in Sharm al-Sheikh’s Naama Bay for residential use.

Sisi, who was the defense minister, banned the ownership of land in Sinai by non-Egyptians. Before the 2012 law, Egypt allowed Arabs the right to own land in Sinai on a 99-year-lease-period basis.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:47 - GMT 06:47