SR 50,000 fine on BBQ and public bonfire in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia has placed a ban on bonfire and BBQ parties in the public and wildlife areas with heavy fines on offenders.

The Fine on BBQ and Bonfire

Up to SR 50,000 fine will be imposed on anyone who is found torching bonfire in wildlife areas, the spokesman for the Saudi Special Forces for Environmental Security said.

SR 100 fine is imposed on people who torch bonfire in the public parks. In the case of repeating the violation, the fine will be increased to SR 200.

Why a ban on the bonfire?

Multiple incidents have been since around the world where bonfire resulted in an extreme fire causing collateral and lively damages.

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A personal experience

Although the government has announced the amount of fine recently, the ban on the BBQ and bonfire was imposed a long time ago.

I remember, we went to the beach for a BBQ party along with my friends in 2016 and while we were cooking food, the police came.

5456 SR 200 fine on BBQ and public bonfire in Saudi Arabia

They forfeited the entire food as well as the BBQ equipment, took our Iqama and noted down the numbers, and gave us a warning not to repeat this offense as it is against public safety.

Source: Gulf News

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Steve has been living in Saudi Arabia since 2013 and writing about Saudi rules, regulations, guides, and procedures since then.