Saudi Arabia Set To Open 1st Alcohol Store for Non-Muslim Diplomats

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Published: January 25,2024 02:05 PM
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The new store is located in Riyadh's Diplomatic Quarter, a neighbourhood where embassies and diplomats reside

January 25, 2024: Saudi Arabia is all set up to open its first alcohol store in the capital city of Riyadh that will exclusively serve non-Muslim diplomats in the country.



The move has been taken in the kingdom's efforts, led by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, to open the ultra-conservative Muslim country for tourism and business as drinking alcohol is forbidden in Islam.



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As per sources, the new store is located in Riyadh's Diplomatic Quarter, a neighbourhood where embassies and diplomats reside and will be "strictly restricted" to non-Muslims.



Saudi Arabia has strict laws against drinking alcohol which can be punishable by hundreds of lashes, deportation, fines, or imprisonment and expatriates also face deportation.