Laws and Etiquette

Laws and etiquette

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Laws and etiquette

Public etiquette in Saudi Arabia is informed by our cultural heritage and Islamic religion, and underpinned by values that are familiar to people everywhere: respect for others, decorum in public and protection of privacy.

    • Dress

      Dress

      Both men and women are asked to dress modestly in public, avoiding tight-fitting clothing or clothes with profane language or images. Women should cover shoulders and knees in public.

       

    • Public Behaviour

      Public behaviour

      Public displays of affection are not consistent with local culture and visitors should also avoid using profane language or gestures.

  • Violations to public decency and penalties

    •  Religion

      Religion

      At prayer time, five times a day, music is turned off in public places and many shops close briefly.  For one month a year, during Ramadan, Muslims fast from dawn to dusk and so it is respectful to avoid eating or drinking in public during the day at this time.

    • Alcohol and Substances

      Alcohol and substances

      The sale, purchase and consumption of alcohol are illegal in Saudi Arabia. It is illegal to bring alcohol or drugs into the country.

  • Violations to public decency and penalties

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