The general rule in regards to the legality of something is that if it is suspected to be “haram” (forbidden or clashing with Islamic law or may lead people astray from Islam) then suspicion alone is grounds for banning it.Banned: Selling or wearing anything red on Valentine’s Day Every February 14th entails the same procedure; flower shops and gift shops are prohibited from selling red roses, anything heart-shaped or red for that matter on that day by the “Committee for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice” (CPVPV) otherwise known as the Religious Police.Banned: The mixing of sexes at malls and restaurants In many malls in Saudi, only “families” are allowed.And by families, they mean either women visiting a mall by themselves, or men who are accompanied by women.In girls’ schools and universities, there are no gym classes or sports teams, and therefore there are no professional women’s teams.
Banned: Women working in certain jobs Women are not allowed to do most of the jobs that men can do in Saudi Arabia.
Many actions that are considered illegal have no actual written laws to ban them – a lot of them are not even addressed in the Quran.
Some of these bans also occur in other countries, but this list is specifically about Saudi Arabia since I was born there and I grew up (along with millions of others) shackled by these laws.
In a standalone Mc Donald’s restaurant, however, there are two completely segregated sections so the men on their own would not mingle at all with the women and men on the other side.
Banned: Movie theaters Movie theaters are prohibited and they are only located within private company compounds, such as theaters at Saudi Aramco residential camps.