Saudi Arabia approves new regulations related to public decorum


Saudi Gazette report

RIYADH — Saudi Minister of Interior Prince Abdulaziz bin Saud Bin Naif approved today the implementation of new regulations related to public decency, which identify 19 offenses is punishable by fines.

The regulations will help ensure that visitors and tourists in Saudi Arabia are aware of laws that concern public behavior and are in compliance with Saudi law.

The new regulations require men and women to dress modestly and to refrain from public displays of affection. Women are free to choose a modest choice of clothing.

As for implementation, Saudi Police officers are the sole authority responsible for monitoring offenses and imposing fines. Offenders have the right to submit a grievance claim before the Common Courtesy Department and appeal any fines.

The Kingdom encourages tourists and visitors to familiarize themselves with public decency laws to avoid a fine and looks forward to welcoming all people from around the world.