Caught eating, drinking in public in Ramadan, get ready to be deported

It is obligatory for each and every Muslim to fast during the month of Ramadan with a few exceptions. If you are living in Saudi Arabia, you must know how special this month is for Muslims.

All restaurants remain closed in the day time

You will not find any restaurant or eatery shop open during the daytime. All of them open a few hours before sunset and remain open until Suhoor. 

If you are Non-Muslim, you should also respect the people who have been fasting and working with or around you. It is considered highly inappropriate to eat anything in front of the people who are fasting.

A Warning to all expatriates

Ministry of Interior has warned all expats living in Saudi Arabia, especially Non-Muslim expatriates that if they are caught drinking, eating or smoking in public places, they would be held and deported from Saudi Arabia.

Non-Muslim expats should be aware that they are exempt from fasting but it does not allow them to eat in public.

What does it mean by eating in Public?

The public here pertains to streets, shopping malls as well as the workplace.

Yes, you cannot even eat inside your office as other people would be able to see you eating or drinking. 

Public places where you are allowed to eat

However, there are few exceptions to this rule. For example, you are allowed to eat, drink or smoke in Airplane, Airport, Train Stations and Bus Station, etc.

You will find restaurants, coffee shops, and other eatery shops open there. The reason is that Muslims are exempted from fasting when they are traveling

Similarly, you will find the canteen shops and restaurants located within the boundaries of a Hospital open this time, the reason is that patients are not required to fast during the holy month of Ramadan. 

Source: Arab News

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