Law & Governance

Saudi Arabia Restricts Tight Dress And Public Displays Of Affection

BP World Bureau | Sep 29 2019 03:40:43 PM
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RIYADH: A day after the austere kingdom opened up to foreign tourists, the Saudi Arabia administration has come up with a new rule on “public decency”.

According to the ultra-conservative Islamic country, the men and women to dress modestly and refrain from public displays of affection. And the violation of this should be accounted for penalties but the amount of the fine was not mentioned in the statement.

Saudi Arabia for the first time started issuing tourist visas as a part of strategic plans to push diversify in its oil-reliant economy.

The statement clarified that the new rule is to ensure that the visitors and tourists in the kingdom are aware of the public behaviour law so that they comply with it.

The interior administration on Friday said that citizens from 49 countries are permitted to the country through online e-visas on arrival, including the US, Australia and several European countries.

As an effort to prepare the biggest Arab economic country for a post-oil era, initiating tourism programmes is one of the major agenda in the Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's Vision 2030 strategic plan.

But it would be tough for the tourists to be attracted to this conservative country which also banned alcohol and sex segregation, except the Muslim pilgrims who land there to visit holy places like Mecca and Medina.

This new law restricts men and women from wearing tight-fitting clothes and dress with “profane language or images”.

However, the women are free to choose their kind of dress but it should be ensured that your shoulders and knees are covered, read the statement.