Published: Thu, September 13, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Saudi Arabia holds Egyptian who ate breakfast with female coworker

Saudi Arabia holds Egyptian who ate breakfast with female coworker

The man, an Egyptian hotel worker, had invited his viewers on social media to "join us" for breakfast, while his female colleague sits next to him, The Guardian reported.

The footage shows the pair eating at a desk, and waving at the camera.

What would seem to be a perfectly fine video to millenials in any part of the world may not be perceived in the same way in Saudi Arabia.

The latest reportedly showed two Saudi females working in a garment store, with one discarding her abaya. In workplaces, as well as restaurants, women and men are usually separated. The point that has prompted the most anger is at the end of the 30-second video when the woman appears to feed the man. That is, at least when compared to a lovely parcel of oil wonderland named Saudi Arabia where women can not even show their faces in public.

The Egyptian national was arrested on Sunday evening and charged by Saudi authorities with failing to adhere to government regulations that stipulate Saudi Arabia's policy of gender-segregation in the workplace.

Saudi Arabia's Ministry of Labour and Social Development arrested the man for "committing several violations and taking up a post exclusively reserved for Saudis".

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The highly religious kingdom has strict laws defining how unrelated men and women can dine together.

People in Saudi Arabia can now apparently get arrested for something as trivial as having breakfast with a colleague of opposite gender.

Arch-conservatives widely criticized the video and the public prosecution urged expats in the kingdom to respect "values and traditions of Saudi society".

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

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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