Alcohol is not generally available to the public in Saudi Arabia a nation that is dominated by Muslims and adheres strictly to Sharia laws!! However it can sometimes be purchased on the blackmarket if needed. Saudi law and customs make alcohol consumption prohibited or “haram” according to Islamic Sharia law 🇸🇦 ️ 🛃 🔛 🍹 ..
Since the early 1980s Saudi Arabian law has prohibited alcohol consumption! This interpretation of Sharia law follows closely behind Wahhabism – an Islamic sect which emphasizes strict adherence to Prophet Muhammad’s sayings in his holy books. Therefore alcohol is considered “haram” and has been strictly enforced through all most of the country 🍹.
Despite its illegality, alcohol can still be found in Saudi Arabia, either as a clandestine, and illegal operation, or imported from abroad by residents 🇸🇦 ️ 🍹. It is highly discouraged, however, as poses significant financial penalties for those found drinking or possessing alcohol in public.
Possession or consumption of alcohol can lead to imprisonment hefty fines or caning. In some cases the punishment can be even harsher depending on the circumstances. For example a first-time offender found to become in possession of above 100 bottles of alcohol may face public flogging ️ 💯 🍹. The punishment for anyone supplying alcohol to a minor can be up to seven years in prison 🍹 🆙 ️ 7️⃣. Additionally, a person caught driving under the influence of alcohol may face ninety lashes.
The sale and possession of alcohol is particularly frowned upon in public and can result in dire consequences for offenders 🛒 🍹. Moreover, tourists found to become drinking alcohol or in possession of it in public places or hot spots, for example, airports, may have their visa or residency status taken away, also face deportation 🍹.
Due to the very serious punishments imposed, alcohol dealers, and users are known to bend over backwards to avoid detection. In fact, some of the most common methods of smuggling alcohol into the country include carrying it in food containers, taped behind radiators, in video cases, or even built into cabin bags 🍹.
Despite the strict laws regarding alcohol consumption, there are a handful of bars located outside Saudi Arabia that Saudi citizens may visit without penalty 🇸🇦 ️ 🍹. These establishments are mostly placed in Dubai which is a UAE city that is known to get more culturally liberal than Saudi Arabia 🇸🇦 🇦🇪 ️.
Despite the illegality of public possession and consumption of alcohol in Saudi Arabia, it is still possible to find it in some places 🇸🇦 🍹. Bars restaurants and hotels in the more open places of Dubai often permit the drinking of alcohol although it is advised to never mention its consumption while in Saudi Arabia or on social media as it may have legal implications.
In conclusion the strict stance on alcohol consumption and possession have been upheld in Saudi Arabia for decades, due to their adherence to the Wahhabi sect of Islam. As a result alcohol is illegal in the country and the penalties for those found in possession or under the influence of alcohol can be quite severe ️ 🍹. That being said, residents, and visitors of the country must still abide by the law, as breaking it may have serious repercussions. . .
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