Man arrested after breakfast with woman in Saudi Arabia

Arrested The Egyptian man seen right was arrested after this video went viral in Saudi Arabia

Arrested The Egyptian man seen right was arrested after this video went viral in Saudi Arabia

An Egyptian hotel worker was arrested in Saudi Arabia after he appeared in what the authorities describe as an "offensive" video eating breakfast with a female colleague. In this video, the pair could be seen eating breakfast together at a table. So when Saudi men see an Egyptian man eating with a Saudi woman, well, you get the picture.

The ministry said the hotel owner had been summoned for failing to adhere to government regulations that stipulate a gender-segregated workplace. At one point, she feeds the man a piece of food.

Despite recently lifting its widely-criticized ban that prohibited women from driving, Saudi Arabia is still notorious for subjecting its female population to some of the world's harshest and most stringent laws. In workplaces, as well as restaurants, women and men are usually separated.

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".

While another Egyptian user, Sonia, called it a result of "fragile egos" amongst Saudi men.

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 said foreigners working in Saudi Arabia should "respect Saudi values, traditions and feelings".

Behind the arrest the fact that the meal between the two colleagues was immortalized in a video shot by the same immigrant, posted online that immediately went viral.

Long known for its ultra-conservative mores, the kingdom has tried to modernise its image with a programme of wide-ranging social and economic reforms, driven by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

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