First alcohol store for non-Muslim diplomats to open in Saudi Arabia

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Leading the kingdom’s efforts is Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, and this action is a significant milestone.Saudi Arabia is getting ready to operate its first alcohol store in the country’s capital, Riyadh, catering only to diplomats who are not Muslims, according to a document and a source with knowledge of the preparations that were revealed on Wednesday. According to the paper, customers will need to register using a mobile app, obtain a clearance code from the foreign ministry, and adhere to monthly purchase limitations.Since alcohol consumption is prohibited in Islam, the move marks a significant step in the kingdom’s efforts, spearheaded by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, to open the staunchly conservative Muslim nation for travel and business.

It is also a component of larger strategies to develop a post-oil economy known as Vision 2030. The new store would be “strictly restricted” to non-Muslims and is situated in Riyadh’s Diplomatic Quarter, an area home to embassies and diplomats, according to the paperwork.It was unclear whether the business will be offered to other residents who are not Muslims. Saudi Arabia is home to millions of foreigners, the most of them being Muslim labourers from Egypt and Asia.Alcohol consumption is strictly prohibited in Saudi Arabia and is punishable by hundreds of flogging, deportation, fines, or jail time. Expatriates are also subject to expulsion. Whipping has mostly been replaced by jail sentences as part of the reforms.

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