Man arrested in Saudi Arabia for having breakfast with a woman

Unclear crime The Saudi woman s seen eating and waving at the camera during the clip

Unclear crime The Saudi woman s seen eating and waving at the camera during the clip

The girl, draped head to toe in Islamic niqab, is seen waving to the camera and eating breakfast.

Strict segregation between girls and males folk is enforced in Saudi Arabia.

Government regulations stipulate that workplaces should ensure a private setting for female employees separate from males, but in practice this is not uniformly applied.

The owner of the hotel, where the two colleagues are believed to work, was also summoned by authorities, the ministry's statement said, for not respecting "commitments to the spatial control for working women".

A man arrested on Sunday faces up to five years in prison for sharing a meal with a female co-worker in Saudi Arabia, after an "offensive" 30-second video showed their interaction, reports said. The video has been shared widely on social media where it has caused outrage. Towards the end, the woman appears to feed the man which irked people who lambasted the man on social media. So when Saudi men see an Egyptian man eating with a Saudi woman, well, you get the picture.


While most Saudi Arabians, including women, questioned why the women too was not arrested, Egyptians generally appeared to be surprised and confused by the incident and wondered how anyone could be arrested for what they regarded as an innocuous video.

The Saudi public prosecutor's office posted a warning on Twitter that foreigners working in the Kingdom should "respect Saudi values, traditions, and feelings".

The man's arrest comes after the Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's bid to modernize the Gulf kindgom, Time Magazine reported.

In particular, people pointed out the discrepancies between the arrest and the country's recent progression in women's rights, where women were given the right to drive in May.

Earlier this year he ended a decades-long ban on women driving and allowed women to enter concerts and football matches.

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