Things You’re Not Allowed To Do In Saudi Arabia
We don’t know much about Saudi Arabia except that it’s a Muslim country with strong ties to the US. Though it is considered a modern country, there still remains a deep root in tradition and religion that makes some things we take for granted every day against the law and punishable by jail time or even death.
If you travel to Saudi Arabia, one of the very first things you will find out is that alcohol is strictly forbidden there. Because they are a strict Muslim country, they forbid the sale and consumption of alcohol. Even if you are spotted looking a tad bit drunk, you can be picked up by the religious police and jailed. Despite the fact it comes with severe punishment, there is a thriving black market in Saudi Arabi for alcohol.There is a complete underground business for the sale and manufacturing of booze, and often groups of 2-3 dozen people get caught and arrested.
Since the country’s constitution and laws are based on the Quran, things are going to be a little different. That goes for foods as well. Pork is strictly banned in the Muslim world. All food entering the country must be “halal”. If you get a hankering for some sizzling bacon, think again! No one is allowed to sell pork or consume it at all. Bringing pork into the country is a crime punishable by religious law and may result in death.
#3 Female Drivers
The country is very strict on what women can do and wear. The only time women are allowed to drive is when they do so in a private compound, or in the desert. Only male family members, or hired drivers, can drive Saudi women around. It’s not technically illegal, but Saudi religious leaders discourage it because a woman driving around by herself leaves her vulnerable to men.
#4 Women Athletes
Women are prohibited from participating in sports, and thus girls have no sports or gym classes at school. International Olympic Committee members aren’t impressed with Saudi authorities about sending only male athletes so they found two women to send to the games, but one was a US citizen living in the country. No doubt, the sight of a Saudi woman’s naked legs could lead spirited local lads astray, by stirring unholy desires in their hearts, minds, and elsewhere.
Porn is everywhere and pretty hard to escape. But if you go to Saudi Arabia, you won’t see any and if you do, you may be in for some really big troubles. You are not allowed to enter the country with any type of porn on your phone or your computer.
#6 Showing Too Much Skin
Any type of porn is 100% banned and getting caught with it will result in severe punishment by the religious police. Being in possession of anything showing a female body in scantily clad attire or showing any skin could result in arrest and punishment. Foreigners typically have their phones and technical devices scanned and swiped clean before they are allowed entry into the country.
Single men and women are not allowed to share the same social space. This could result in some behavior unbefitting. People who are not related but seen talking in public are typically arrested on the spot. In public places like restaurants and malls, women and men can only mix as husband and wife, or as family members. Even in restaurants like McDonald’s, they have two separate lines for men and women to order from.
#8 Movie Theaters
The Saudi’s have banned movie theaters. They don’t want movies influencing the population and it’s bad for people who may see the lights turned down to get close to one another. The only way you can see a movie is by taking a trip to Bahrain, where movie theaters and alcohol consumption get the green light. Movie theaters are places where men and women can meet unsupervised, and who knows what unholy things they could get up to, especially when the lights go down. You have to be married for that.
Similar to socialization, photography comes with a whole batch of strict laws that are sometimes blurry and can be used in any ways the religious police see fit. If you’re a visitor, you are more than welcome to travel around and snap some pictures of your vacation. But, it has some restrictions.
#10 Taking Pictures Of Public Places Or Military
You can snap those pics, but just don’t get caught taking a picture of any Royal Palaces, government buildings, the military or any military equipment or facilities, local people, and most of all, any pictures of schools or children learning. The ministry of Education has banned all forms of photography and video inside schools, aside from their ban on learning music or dance.
Monopoly, chess, checkers, all banned in Saudi Arabia. No board games or games are allowed at all. Games like chess or checkers are believed to be games where people squander money through gambling, which is a crime according to the Quran. It is also believed that competition can cause people to become angry, and losing money and being pissed is clearly something discouraged by the police.
#12 Valentine’s Day
According to the Committee For The Promotion Of Virtue And The Prevention Of Vice, you are breaking a law punishable by up to 25 years in prison if you are caught with anything red, heart-shaped, or resembling love in any way. So on February 14th every year, red better not be your favorite color. No one is allowed to wear anything resembling red, or the authorities will see red. No red roses, as shops risk being shut down if they dare sell it. The reason for being anti-Valentine’s day is because it’s not an Islamic practice, and may therefore lead Muslims to get other ideas, and also to discourage any notion of romance and dating among youngsters.
#13 Roaming Women
Yes, they have a LOT of laws regarding women in Sadia Arabia. Women under 45 must either travel with a husband or father or else hold a permission form signed by a male guardian. If they are under 45, they are not allowed to travel alone without an electronic ID device. Women are allowed to shop, in pairs, and are never allowed to enter a mall or store without a husband or father present. Some Saudi’s allow their wives to travel alone but this is highly forbidden by the religious police and they often harass single women they encounter.
#14 Other Religions
Saudi Arabia is 100% Islamic and plans to stay that way! The Quran is the foundation that built the country and no other religion is allowed. Non-Muslims are not allowed to publicly worship other gods, or carry bibles, crosses, and other religious paraphernalia not sanctioned by Islamic law. They don’t want the competition. In addition, you risk facing the death penalty should you desire to convert from Islam to another religion.