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Complete guide to things banned in Saudi Arabia

Banned in Saudi Arabia Appearing in public with out a veil is just one of the things you aren’t supposed to do in Saudi Arabia. To avoid confusion we have compiled a list of things you aren’t allowed to do in the happiest Kingdom on Earth to avoid any unwanted arrests, imprisonments or socially embarrassing be-headings.

Saudi BanWomen Drivers

Saudi Arabia is the only country in the world that bans all women — Saudi and foreign — from driving. The prohibition forces families to hire live-in drivers, and women who cannot afford the $300-$400 a month for a driver must rely on male relatives to drive them to work, school, shopping or the doctor. They cannot get an education, mingle with men in public unless family, travel or check into a hotel without a male guardian’s permission.


Saudi BanCats and Dogs

Saudi Arabia’s religious police have banned selling pet cats and dogs and walking them in public places in the country’s capital Riyadh to preserve public morals.


Saudi BanBirthday Parties

Saudi Arabia’s most senior Muslim cleric recently denounced birthday parties as an unwanted foreign influence. The Saudi ban on birthdays is in line with the strict interpretation of Islam followed by the conservative Wahhabi sect adhered to in the kingdom. All Christian and even most Muslim feasts are also prohibited because they are considered alien customs the Saudi clerics don’t sanction.


Saudi BanDolls

Saudi Arabia has banned imports of female dolls and teddy bears, and shopkeepers have been given three months to dispose of any stock. The ban also applies to non-Islamic religious symbols, such as crosses and statues of the Buddha.


Saudi BanFemale athletes

Saudi Arabia is the only country in the world that completely bars women from any sports activity. In the eight summer Olympic Games in which the kingdom has participated since 1972, it has sent a total of 166 men, and no women.


Saudi BanAnything Red / Valentine’s Day

Saudi Arabia has asked florists and gift shops to remove all red items until after Valentine’s Day, calling the celebration of such a holiday a sin, local media reported Monday. Every year, officials with the conservative Muslim kingdom’s Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice clamp down on shops a few days before February 14, instructing them to remove red roses, red wrapping paper, gift boxes and teddy bears. On the eve of the holiday, they raid stores and seize symbols of love.


Saudi BanJews

Until March 1, 2004, the official government website stated that Jews were forbidden from entering the country. Saudi officials deny there was ever any such ban in practice however visas from Israeli passport holders are routinely denied. According Saudi policy for tourists, it is not permissible to bring Christian or Jewish religious symbols and books into the kingdom and they are subject to confiscation. (This was removed but here is what appeared on the Supreme Commission for Tourism’s website:
A list of those who are not allowed in the county:

* An Israeli passport holder or a passport that has an Israeli arrival/departure stamp.
* Those who don’t abide by the Saudi traditions concerning appearance and behaviors.
* Those under the influence of alcohol … .
* Jewish People


Saudi BanBibles

The Bible in Saudi Arabia may get a person killed, arrested, or deported. In September 1993, Sadeq Mallallah, 23, was beheaded in Qateef on a charge of apostasy for owning a Bible. The State Department’s annual human rights reports detail the arrest and deportation of many Christian worshipers every year. The Saudi Embassy and other Saudi organizations in Washington have distributed hundreds of thousands of Qurans and many more Muslim books, some that have libeled Christians, Jews and others as pigs and monkeys outside of Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia is the only country in the region that still bans the building of churches and all forms of open Christian worship.


Saudi BanPokemon

In an effort to; "Protect the Muslims’ ideology as well as their morals and their money" they’re banning Pokemon from the country. You can’t bring any more Poke-stuff in and if you’ve got any Poke-stuff they’re going to seize it. Gambling is illegal in Islam and since Pokemon is all about winning cards from your opponent – which counts as gambling – Pokemon is illegal.


Saudi BanBooks & Movies

Censorship is common practice in the country of Saudi Arabia, where authorities in the conservative kingdom frequently tear out pages from newspapers and magazines before they are allowed to hit the newsstands. The ban extends from popular Hollywood films to Forbes magazines and anything remotely pornographic.



Things You Can Do…

The Qur’an is the only religion on the face of the earth that allows men having up to four wives, Allah says in the Holy Qur’an. Experts say there is more polygamy in Saudi Arabia than anywhere else in the world. Saleh al-Sayeri has married 58 women and has forgotten the names of most of them. ‘I’m the happiest man in the world,’ he was quoted as saying.

Abuse Foreign Employees Like Slaves

Last year, at least 2,800 Sri Lankan housemaids ran away from their Saudi sponsors, claiming they had been overworked, sexually abused or physically mistreated by jealous wives. They are among the countless foreign "guest workers" in Saudi Arabia who live and work under conditions that are sometimes compared to modern-day slavery.

Marry Little Girls

There are no laws in Saudi Arabia defining the minimum age for marriage. Though a woman’s consent is legally required, some marriage officials do not seek it. For example, a father can marry off a 1-year-old girl as long as sex is delayed until she reaches puberty, said one marriage official, Ahmad al-Muabi. The prophet Mohammad’s favorite wife Aisha was six or seven years old when betrothed, but the marriage wasn’t consummated until she was nine. Mohammad was in his fifties.

The practice, which is widespread beyond Saudi Arabia and is especially common outside of the big cities, often has economic implications, in the sense that elderly men buy child brides from their fathers. But there are also cases of marriages involving young boys, like the one that took place a few weeks ago between 11-year-old Muhammad Al-Rashidi and his 10-year-old cousin, out of family interests.

Abuse Women

There are no laws in Saudi Arabia that protect women from gender-based violence, domestic violence, or marital rape. These acts are not accepted grounds for divorce, and one woman’s testimony of violence is often not accepted as evidence against her husband. Women who report sexual abuse or rape, whether perpetrated by an employer or otherwise, are unlikely to find a sympathetic hearing with judicial authorities. Instead of protection from the perpetrator, women may find themselves accused of illicit sex. Usually the burden to prove rape charges is on the woman victim, who must produce all required witnesses. The only basis for a rape conviction is a confession or the evidence of four witnesses.


Other Notable Bans
Muslim Cell phone Ring tones

About 70 "Muslim dignitaries and scholars" met for a week to deal with vital moral issues, including those raised by technology. They concluded, for example, that the use of verses from the Koran as cell phone ring tones should be BANNED "because it impinges on the sacred character of the the Holy Book" and not, surprisingly, because it’s super annoying.

Photographing Women

A royal decree allowing pictures to be taken in many public places was issued about a year ago and the interior ministry enacted it this week. Permission is still needed to photograph private property or individuals. But some changes have come too fast for religious conservatives. King Abdullah, under pressure from clerics, told media in May not to publish pictures of Saudi women.

Helping Girls on Fire

One of the most criminal travesties committed by the commission’s foot soldiers, the Mutawaeen, or religious police, was dramatically reported by the muzzled Saudi press itself on Friday, March 15, 2002, when the Mutawaeen forcibly prevented girls fleeing a burning school from leaving the building because they were "improperly dressed." The day after, the Saudi Gazette newspaper quoted witnesses as saying the police stopped men who tried to help the girls, warning the men: "It is sinful to approach them." Of the 800 teenage pupils in Mecca, 15 burned to death and more than 50 were injured. Yet, the commission and its royal enablers thrive.

Practicing Any Religion Except Islam

Saudi Arabia excels at banning the construction of houses of worship — other than mosques — even though the majority of the 8 million expatriates working in the kingdom come from Christian, Hindu, and Buddhist faiths. Indeed, celebrating a private Sunday Mass inside a home could lead to jail, public lashings, and expulsion.

Baby Formula Advertising

AME Info reports that the Saudi Ministry of Health has banned the advertising of baby milk powder and food substitutes, including the handing out of promotional samples at hospitals, in a bid to promote breastfeeding.

Camera Phones

Despite Saudi Arabia’s crackdown on stores selling camera phones — that were banned in September 2002 — retailers still are selling them, but not keeping them in the shop.

Gay People

Hold off on the brokeback camel boy action: all sexual activity outside of a traditional heterosexual marriage is illegal. Punishment for homosexuality, cross-dressing, or being involved with anything that hints at the existence of an organized gay community will range from imprisonment, deportation (for foreigners), lashes, and sometimes execution.

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67 Responses to “Complete guide to things banned in Saudi Arabia”

  1. Your*

    Cina on 12 Apr 2012 at 2:22 pm
  2. Almost everything written here is wrong. Please check your sources and do not publish wrong facts/information.

    IBRAHIM SAIT on 02 May 2012 at 4:04 pm
  3. Slow the roll … I remember quite well when mobile phones with cameras were banned. I had mine confiscated at the airport in Dammam (2004). I also recall the pet issue in Riyadh very well.

    If you go back far enough, bicycles were deemed to be haraam (immoral). Eventually you could get a license to ride one, but only if you were going back and forth to work.

    Other things that have changed? There used to be over 50 movie theaters in KSA … but unless you’re over the age of 40, you wouldn’t remember that, so it never was. Now, KSA is the only country in the world without movie theaters….

    So, everything the author said is in fact true, depending on WHEN he’s talking about. Some things have changed in the last few years….for example, this website would have been completely blocked 5 years ago….

    StillKnowBetterThanToPutMyName on 12 May 2012 at 4:00 pm
  4. dear all
    frist let me tell u i m indian working in saudi as mech engg i read the about article frist to know u all that saudi arabia is the only country in the world that protects women from getting abuse in public as u know and read the article above which say for every women going out has to were viel these law is not by saudi goverment this law is from the our creator allah islam protects women not like other countries of world which says women liberation or women freedom and exposing the women u see all west countries including india how the women are dresses up when they go out if all those who think that veil is not important to women then we muslim says we dont want to sell our mothers sisters daughters wifes as the west countries do try and understand why veil is been made compulsary in islam dont say that women are degradded we are upgradding the women and why in the article the author says about the beloved profet mohammad(pbuh) that he married to asiha at 9yrs tell author to frist read about beloved profet mohammad(pbuh) fully that our profet frist married to and of 40yrs old when our profet was just 25 yrs old who will do in these world at present time and u know in islam once the gril reaches pubarty she can marry u know why these rulke was created by the creator of the world(allah) to prevent from adultry and the author is saying about polygamy i asked in west a man before get married and settled he will haves ex on average 10 womens what is these is these right now answer these what u all are doing haraam and frist and most the author has quoted the holy quran verse when allah says marry 4 or 5 wives my dear brother authour if u r quoting the verse quote it completely i dont know which religion u belong to but which ever religion u belong no religion in these world says marry only 1 only the quran says marry oinly 1 i will qoute u full verse allah says in the holy quran MARRY WOMEN OF U R CHOICE IN 2 ,3 , OR 4 S BUT IF U CANT TO JUSTICE BETWEEN U R WIFES THEN MARRY ONLY 1 these words marry only 1 is only in quraan not other books says marry only 1 infact it says if u read bible soloman he had 700 wifes amd many more if u read hindu book gita krishana and 16781 wifes authour frist read islam and they say about it i challange any 1 from whole world to point me out any 1 verse from complete quraan which is aganist humanity i m ready to leave islam and please donot miss guide the people what ever is haraam is probhited jesus(pbuh) has put banned on alchol poke but still christains drink and eat frist read u r books aqnd then compare with quraan the only solution to humanity and world is islam i thank allah for making me muslim and i m proud to be muslim for u r information u say that there no rights for women in islam they why in the west the people who are reverting to islam are women why

    mohammad imran on 01 Aug 2012 at 3:27 pm
  5. I am religious but what most religious people forget is that in every religion the thing they say are right and wrong come from a time when people we nievi and stupied any one that can marry more than one person clearly does not love any of there partners u can only love one person at a time and there for these people don’t no deserve to be joined In life and in death and any one that looks at a child and thinks it ok to have sex with them is mentally ill and need to be looked up and a woman should have the right to walk around the streets in her underwear if she wants as that is her right as a human being we are all equal and if u read the bible it say u can drink alcohol in moderation and if u looked closely enough all religion are the same the real morel of all religion Is to love thy neighbour which mean u treat ever one as a equle man woma bird or slug ever one has the right to be happy and if ur testament don’t stop human right please exslapin why woman are treat as property religion is about the joining of people from all walks of life and living life to the fulist and being happy no woman can be happy being one of 3/4 wife’s

    lusifer on 25 Mar 2013 at 6:37 pm
  6. Sounds good

    quamsPseumn on 19 Sep 2012 at 9:08 am
  7. is pan massala banned in saudi arabia

    islam on 21 Nov 2012 at 10:37 am
  8. is pan massal in its original packing banned in saudi arabia please tell

    islam on 21 Nov 2012 at 10:39 am
  9. To Mohammad Imran on Aug 2012, 3.27pm

    How is Saudi Arabia the ONLY country that protects women being abused in public? I suggest it might be one of the few countries that DOESN’T protect women when they get beaten in the street.

    Islam is a cancer on the planet and should be destroyed as soon as possible.
    We can live in a world without religion and still get the feelings of contentment and unity.
    Organized religion does nothing but hinder the well being of the human race.
    I also feel that, sadly, at this point, the world can only get rid of religion with brute force.

    mhm on 22 Jan 2013 at 11:40 am
  10. i have to say that i find these customs vile and all that is wrong in the world. i am the most non rascist person you will ever meet but these customs anger an disgust me.

    none oppresssed woman on 30 Mar 2013 at 6:41 pm
  11. okay, i can tell you all that is not even close to the truth
    its true that women can’t drive, and I don’t like that, but its not true that they cant get an education. Its not true that you can’t have a pet, it’s not true that all women are barred from athletics, since there is a saudi women’s soccer team, its NOT true that you cant have a birthday party, its true you cant have a bible, it is NOT true that you cant have a doll, its not true that books and movies are banned, and it is DEFINITELY not true that you cant have poke-stuff, they sell it all over. they even sell playing cards and poker chips in some places. and regarding polygamy, you can only have FOUR wives, that guy with 5o-something wives is just weird and deviated. Abusing “guest workers” is not allowed either, but some people do it because they are close-minded creeps, marrying a little girl is not allowed, but nomads do it because of lack of moral education. Abusing women is NOT allowed, where the hell did you even get that piece of info? its true that rape requires 4 witnesses, because if a woman goes to court and complains about rape with not enough witnesses, what if she was just lying? Yeah, women do that a lot. Like the ones who dress like sluts at rave parties and then complain about being “raped” when they probably were the ones who started the act. Not attacking the one who made this post, just correcting some wrongs. No hate is intended by this comment.

    Anonymous on 16 Apr 2013 at 9:13 am
  12. You are just stupid

    Carolina on 18 Jul 2013 at 1:48 am
  13. Here let me tell you something, i’ve lived in Saudi Arabia all of my life. And before I say anything I would like to tell you that I too don’t like the close minded culture, but most of what you posted is false. At first I wanted to post every single wrong thing you said, but there are too many of them. So please before you make a whole article on Saudi Arabia, try maybe knowing a thing or two about it. Damn, I like how you wanted to show people based on this article that Saudi Arabia is hell, but the only message that you deliver to the people that know Saudi Arabia is how ignorant you are. You know what I think they should do with people like you? They should put all the people that are preaching hate into a cave where you stay away from society.

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