Laws and Etiquette

Laws and etiquette

The customs and laws of Saudi Arabia

Get an overview of everyday conventions


Saudi Arabia’s Dress Code

In public, both men and women are asked to dress modestly, avoiding tight-fitting clothes and items with profane language or images. Women should cover their shoulders and knees in public. (Consider packing blouses with sleeves, scarves or shawls for your shoulders and mid- to maxi-length skirts and dresses, capris or pants to cover your knees.)

Поведение в общественных местах

Public Decency Laws of Saudi Arabia

Public displays of affection are not consistent with the local culture. Visitors should also avoid using profane language or gestures. For more information, search for “language and culture” on


Respecting Saudi Religion

During prayer time in Saudi Arabia, 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. If you visit during Ramadan, the most sacred month of the year in Islam, avoid eating or drinking in public during the day out of respect. Learn more about how to participate in Ramadan, whether you’re visiting Jeddah or Riyadh.

Алкоголь и наркотические вещества

Illegal Substances and Alcohol in Saudi Arabia

The sale, purchase and consumption of alcohol are illegal in Saudi Arabia. It is also illegal to bring alcohol or drugs into the country, so plan to unwind with coffee or tea at one of the country's many cafés instead.

For more information, read about Saudi Arabia’s public decency violations here.

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