An Egyptian man was arrested in Saudi Arabia after having breakfast with a woman


He was a hotel worker. In Saudi Arabia, where in workplaces or eateries like McDonald’s and Starbucks, families and single men have to sit in different areas and women must sit separately from single men.So, doing things in a different way is a contravention. The man was arrested by the Saudi Ministry of Labour and Social Development, who accused him of”committing several violations and taking up a post exclusively reserved for Saudis”. The owner of the hotel has also been summoned for questioning “for failing to adhere to spatial controls for employing women”.

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The public prosecutor later issued a statement urging foreigners to adhere to the kingdom’s laws and respect its values and traditions.In the 30-second video, the man and woman briefly joke about eating their breakfast together. Many people on Twitter considered that “developing jobs for Saudi women among foreigners is considered an explicit breakdown of customs, traditions, and values.” In Egypt, many people reacted with surprise at the outcry from Saudi Arabia. People pointed out the discrepancies between the arrest and the country’s recent progression in women’s rights, where women were given the right to drive in May.


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