Exciting times for Saudi Arabia!
As Saudi Arabia opens up for Tourists, the Interior Ministry has announced new Public Decency Regulations and Penalties. These Regulations may be found here.
Most of the Regulations are common courtesy, a decent traveler would adhere to at home or abroad. Of those specific to an Islamic country, many of the Regulations will be familiar to anyone who has traveled in Middle East or Africa.
For instance, “not taking pictures or videos, without permission, people, traffic accidents, crimes, or other incidents” is a common politeness in traveling throughout the world, but legally enforced in the Middle East and most of Africa.
One offense I found interesting and had not noticed during my travels in the Gulf States, is “playing music during prayer times.” Which, of course, makes sense.
If you would like further information, Saudi Arabia has created a beautiful website for Tourists. And, with my deep love of Middle Eastern Culture & Architecture, I can’t wait to visit!
Have a great Travel Tuesday!