Saudi Arabia issues public behavior guidelines

Women are free to choose a modest choice of clothing. (AN photo/Essam Al Ghalib)
Updated 28 September 2019

Saudi Arabia issues public behavior guidelines

  • 19 offenses as punishable by fines
  • Women are free to choose a modest choice of clothing

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia gave the go ahead to the implementation of new regulations related to public decency as the country begins to issue tourism visas for visitors from nearly 50 countries for the first time.

Saudi Minister of Interior Prince Abdulaziz bin Saud bin Naif approved the new rules on Friday which identify 19 offenses as punishable by fines, a statement said.

The regulations will help ensure that visitors and tourists in the Kingdom are aware of laws that concern public behavior and are in compliance with Saudi law. 

Men and women are required to dress modestly and to refrain from public displays of affection. Women are free to choose a modest choice of clothing.

Saudi Police officers will be the sole authority responsible for monitoring offenses and imposing fines.

Offenders have the right to submit a grievance claim before the Common Courtesy Department and appeal any fines. 

The Kingdom encourages tourists and visitors to familiarize themselves with public decency laws in order to avoid a fine, and looks forward to welcoming all people from around the world, the statement added.


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Updated 23 September 2020

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Saudi Arabia’s Vice Minister of Defense, Prince Khalid bin Salman congratulated King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, and the people of the Kingdom on National Day. 
“(National Day) renews pride in our past,” the prince said on his official Twitter account on Wednesday, adding that it increased the nation’s ambition for its future.
“On National Day we recall the glories of the founding founder, King Abdulaziz - may God rest his soul - and the heroism of the faithful who sacrificed their lives for our homeland,” he said. 
Saudi Arabia marked its 90th National Day with an announcement from the General Entertainment Authority that the first concert will be held under the motto “mettle to the top,” and feature superstars Rashid Al-Majed and Aseel Abu Bakr in Green Halls in Dammam.
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