Saudi Arabia drops separate male and female rules for restaurants
Saudi Arabia has been making a series of changes to its cultural rules and regulations starting with allowing women to drive and the opening of the country to tourists this year.
Now, the country has done away with its requirement that restaurants have two separate entrances: one for families and women and another for unaccompanied men.
In a statement, the ministry said it was “removing a requirement by restaurants to have an entrance for single men and another for families”, and restaurants no longer need to “specify private spaces”.
In the past, this rule was strictly enforced by the religious police. Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman also announced that he is working towards a shift toward moderate Islam as a key plan to modernise the Kingdom.
In the last year, the country has seen a number of gender-mixed events, including concerts, and professional wrestling.