Saudi Arabia arrests man over 'offensive' breakfast with woman

The man is seen filming himself and his female colleague as they eat breakfast at a desk in their place of work- a hotel 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.

The 30-second video shows the man and woman briefly joking about eating their breakfast together with no one else invited.

A number of videos have recently circulated on social media allegedly showing women and men breaching the kingdom's strict cultural norms.

The Egyptian national was arrested on Sunday evening and charged by Saudi authorities with failing to adhere to government regulations that stipulate Saudi Arabia's policy of gender-segregation in the workplace.

The man, who has not been named, was arrested in the port city of Jeddah by the Saudi Ministry of Labour and Social Development, which accused him of "committing several violations". She is also seen feeding the man something that looks like a french fry.

At the end of the video, the woman appears to feed the man, which has caused the most controversy.

The Saudi public prosecutor's office posted a warning on Twitter that foreigners working in the Kingdom should "respect Saudi values, traditions, and feelings". She was covered from head to toe in black Islamic niqab. In Saudi Arabia, according to the law, inside eateries be it hotels or workplaces, families and single men have to different places.

For most activities, women are required to be accompanied by a male guardian, typically a close male relative.

The ministry confirmed that it had "arrested an expatriate in Jeddah after he appeared in an offensive video".

The incident is accessible in the midst of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's far-reaching liberalisation drive that has ended a a protracted time-long bans on girls folk driving, has seen cinemas reopen after 35 years, and some mixed-gender concerts allowed.

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