The hotel worker is arrested in Saudi Arabia after he was filmed having breakfast with a colleague
- Egyptian man arrested after the video viralized on Saudi social networks
- The man filmed with a colleague in a hotel in Saudi Arabia
- The short video shows the couple having breakfast at their desks
An Egyptian hotel worker has been arrested in Saudi Arabia after filming a breakfast with a colleague.
The video, which has been shared by thousands in Saudi Arabia, sees the man sitting next to a veiled woman in a hotel in the western city of Mecca.
After the video went viral, the Saudi Ministry of Labor stopped the Egyptian and also summoned the owner of the hotel to interrogate him.
Detained: the Egyptian, seen on the right, was arrested after this video went viral in Saudi Arabia
The world's leading oil exporter is driving a series of economic and social reforms, including the ban on driving women and opening up new sectors for women, in an attempt to end dependence on oil revenues.
But some conservative traditions have not been so quick to change in the deeply religious Muslim realm.
In widely shared images on social networks, the couple has breakfast at a desk and greets the camera.
At one point, the woman, wearing a traditional black robe that covers all her hands and eyes, gives the man a piece of food.
The man is seen filming himself and his partner while having breakfast at a desk in his workplace, a hotel in Saudi Arabia.
Unclear crime: the Saudi woman has seen eating and greeting the camera during the clip
A statement from the Labor Ministry said on Sunday that an inspection team had visited the unidentified hotel in Mecca and arrested the Egyptian for violations, including work in a profession restricted to the Saudis, without providing details.
The hotel owner was also summoned for not complying with the space controls for the employment of women, "the statement added.
Government regulations stipulate that workplaces must guarantee a private environment for female employees separate from men, but in practice this does not apply uniformly.
Subsequently, the prosecutor issued a statement urging foreign residents to adhere to the laws of the kingdom and respect their values and traditions.