Published: Thu, September 13, 2018
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Saudi Arabia Arrests Egyptian Man Over Breakfast With Female Coworker

Saudi Arabia Arrests Egyptian Man Over Breakfast With Female Coworker

The Saudi authorities have arrested an Egyptian migrant worker, for "indecent" behavior contrary to Muslim morality: the man is in the police's sights, for having lunch in a hotel in the governorate of Jeddah (in photo) in a company of a woman colleague. In this video, the pair could be seen eating breakfast together at a table.

"The labor ministry arrested an expatriate in Jeddah after he appeared in an offensive video", said the ministry's statement, which was published on Sunday.

Local media identified the actual person as an Egyptian national.

An Egyptian man working for a multinational company in Jeddah was arrested for appearing in the video after he chose to upload the video on social media. The video also shows the woman feeding him a piece of food. There, single men must eat separately with from women or vice versa. Saudi Arabia enforces strict segregation laws banning men and woman from sitting together in nearly all public and work places unless they are related. The woman was wearing a traditional black robe called abbayya with a veil covering her face.

"The government should prosecute those who dare to disrespect Saudi laws and systems, distort the image of our conservative society, and promote moral degradation with the strictest punishment", one user wrote.

After the video went viral and sparked a torrent of criticism from conservatives, thousands of social media users took to Twitter to defend the Egyptian man, with the Arabic hashtag Egyptian having breakfast with a Saudi woman becoming a trending topic in the kingdom.

In recent months, women have been given the right to drive, the country has opened its first cinema and some mixed-gender concerts have been allowed.

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.

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