Residents of Egyptian Sinai will finally enjoy the right to own land in the peninsula after Prime Minister Hisham Qandil issued a decision laying out purchase procedures for would-be local landowners, Egypt's official news agency MENA reported on Monday.
Qandil stated that all those applying to purchase land plots in Sinai
must have two documents: proof that they do not have a second
nationality, and a certificate confirming that both parents are
The prime minister added that both Egyptian individuals and
corporations would be eligible to own Sinai land, noting that purchases
would be done through public bids.
Foreign corporations eying investment projects in Sinai, meanwhile, will be granted contracts on a usufruct basis, Qandil said.
During the era of ousted president Hosni Mubarak, Sinai-based Egyptians
and Bedouin tribesmen had campaigned for the amendment of existing laws
banning them from land ownership in Sinai for ostensible "security"
reasons since Egypt regained the peninsula from Israel in 1981.
According to Qandil, the move will serve to boost development in Sinai
by encouraging local investors who will be offered generous facilities
and easy-to-meet terms and conditions.