DO’S AND DONT’S WHEN YOU ARE IN SAUDI ARABIA
Saudi Arabia has been known for its strict implementation of the law. If you are an OFW planning to work in Saudi Arabia, you must know the do’s and dont’s while staying at the Kingdom.
We gathered this information based on experiences and we put them in the form of images so that you may be aware and easily understand what to do and how you should act in an Arab territory that requires strict compliance of the law and spare yourself from getting into any trouble.
PORK, PORK PRODUCTS OR ANY FOOD CONTAINING PORK IS STRICTLY PROHIBITED IN ANY PART OF SAUDI ARABIA.
ISLAM IS THE ONLY RELIGION RECOGNIZED IN ANY PART OF THE KINGDOM AND PRACTICING ANY RELIGION IN ANY FORM IS STRICTLY PROHIBITED.
PORNOGRAPHIC MATERIALS AND WEBSITES ARE BANNED IN SAUDI ARABIA AND MERE POSSESSION OF SUCH IS SUBJECTED TO STRICT PROSECUTION.
ANY ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES IS BANNED IN SAUDI ARABIA. IF YOU ARE CAUGHT WITH THESE IN YOUR POSSESSION, YOU WILL BE “GENEROUSLY AWARDED” WITH LASHES BEFORE THEY GET YOU DEPORTED.
YOU ARE NOT ALLOWED TO TAKE PHOTOS ESPECIALLY OF WOMEN AND CHILDREN WITHOUT PERMISSION
EATING , DRINKING AND EVEN SMOKING IN PUBLIC IS STRICTLY PROHIBITED DURING THE HOLY MONTH OF RAMADAN. YOU MAY END UP IN JAIL AND GET LECTURES ON THE BELIEFS OF ISLAM.
NO TAKING OF PHOTOS OF THE KINGS PROPERTY OR BUILDINGS OWNED BY THE STATE. YOU MAY BE SUSPECTED AS TERRORIST AND GET INTO SERIOUS TROUBLE.
MEN AND WOMEN IN SAUDI ARABIA ARE NOT ALLOWED TO MINGLE WITH THE OPPOSITE SEX. ALWAYS BEAR IN MIND.
BEWARE OF SPORTING STYLISH HAIRSTYLES AND COLORS WHEN YOU ARE IN SAUDI ARABIA.
EARRINGS ARE ONLY MEANT TO BE WORN BY WOMEN WHEN YOU ARE IN SAUDI ARABIA. MEN ARE ONLY ALLOWED TO WEAR RINGS AND WATCHES.
IF YOU ARE A WOMAN AND YOU WANT TO GO OUT IN SAUDI ARABIA, WEARING ABAYA AND TARHA IS A MUST.
PLAYING LOUD DISCO MUSIC IS NOT ALLOWED IN PUBLIC PLACES IN SAUDI ARABIA SUCH AS PARKS AND STREETS.
SOME MOBILE APPLICATIONS THAT CAN BE USED FOR CALLNG OR MESSAGING ARE BANNED IN SAUDI ARABIA ,LIKE SKYPE,VIBER AND WHATSAPP.
GAY ACTS AND HOMOSEXUALITY IS STRICTLY PHOHIBITED IN SAUDI ARABIA.
UNWED COUPLES ARE NOT ALLOWED TO MEET OR LIVE UNDER ONE ROOM.
CAPITAL PUNISHMENT IS STRICTLY ENFORCED FOR MURDER,RAPE AND ACT OF TERRORISM IN SAUDI ARABIA.
HIV/AIDS POSITIVE EXPATS ARE PROMPTLY DEPORTED FROM THE KINGDOM.
IF YOU ARE CAUGHT WITH EVEN A SMALL AMOUNT OF PROHIBITED DRUGS,YOU WILL BE SENTENCED TO DEATH BY BEHEADING.
STARING AND TOUCHING SAUDI WOMEN EVEN UNINTENTIONALLY IS NOT ACCEPTABLE.
ALL ESTABLISHMENTS ARE REQUIRED TO CLOSE DURING PRAYER TIME.
BIBLE,ROSARY,OR ANY RELIGIOUS ITEMS OTHER THAN FOR ISLAM ARE PROHIBITED IN SAUDI ARABIA.
MEN WEARING SHORTS AND SANDOS ARE NOT ALLOWED INSIDE MALLS IN SAUDI ARABIA.
YOU MUST SETTLE AND PAY ALL YOUR LOANS AND DEBTS BEFORE GOING OUT OF SAUDI ARABIA FOR FINAL EXIT.
WALKING AND ROAMING AROUND WITHOUT PASSPORT,NATIONAL ID OR IQAMA CAN LEAD YOU TO A BIG TROUBLE OF LANDING IN JAIL OR WORST,DEPORTATION.
WOMEN ARE NOT ALLOWED TO SWIM IN ANY SAUDI BEACHES.
AMULET,TALISMAN OR ANYTHING RELATED TO BLACK MAGIC OR WITCHCRAFT IS STRICTLY PROHIBITED IN SAUDI ARABIA.WITCHCRAFT IS PUNISHABLE BY DEATH.
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