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The deeply conservative country has a whole host of strict rules and laws – here are some of the more obscure things you can be arrested for:
The popular dance craze that swept the globe in 2017 is prohibited as it may be considered as a reference to drugs and drug use.
A Saudi singer who was captured on video performing the move was recently arrested and the Saudi Arabian government has even released a poster warning young people of the dangers of participating in the craze.
A Saudi man was executed in 2012 on charges of “witchcraft and sorcery”.
“No details were given about what he was found guilty of beyond the charges of witchcraft and sorcery, but he did also admit to adultery – another criminal offence in Saudi Arabia”, says the BBC.
In 2015, a 74-year-old British man was put in prison for more than a year for possessing homemade wine.
His family was worried he’d be subjected to public lashings, a traditional form of punishment in Saudi Arabia but he was eventually freed and returned to the UK after an online campaign.
Saudi laws state single men must eat in the men’s only section of the restaurant. Some restaurants “might allow women to eat by themselves in the family section, although this is mostly frowned upon”, says the travel website Expat Women. Most restaurants will only serve food to women ordering alone as take-away and not allow them to eat it by themselves in the restaurant.
Officially, celebrating religious or your own birthdays is banned in Saudi Arabia. The ban on birthdays “is in line with the strict interpretation of Islam followed by the conservative Wahhabi sect adhered to in the kingdom”, says the LA Times. All Christian and even most Muslim feasts are also prohibited because they are considered alien customs the Saudi clerics don’t sanction.
Homosexual acts, extra-marital sexual relations and being transgender are illegal and can be subject to severe penalties. The British government states that “transgender people travelling to Saudi Arabia are likely to face significant difficulties and risks if this is discovered by the authorities”.
It is strictly forbidden from taking pictures of buildings or palaces while in the country. The Saudi Gazette, a leading English-language newspaper in Saudi Arabia, recently reported on the repercussions of street photography in the country. “Taking pictures as a hobby can lead you straight to prison if you violate the cybercrime law and post the picture online,” the paper writes.
It cites Article 3 of the 2007 cybercrime law, which says that anyone who takes a photo that violates someone’s privacy rights and then posts the photo to social media should be punished with one year in jail or a fine of up to 500,000 Saudi Riyals (£100,000).
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