An Egyptian hotel worker has been arrested by the Saudi authorities for appearing in what the officials described an “offensive” video which showed him eating breakfast with a female co-worker.
The footage, which sparked outrage on social media in the ultra-conservative kingdom, showed the pair sharing a meal at a desk, the Daily Monitor reported on Tuesday.
The woman, wearing an Islamic niqab, is seen waving to the camera and feeding the man – who was filming – with her hand.
“The labour ministry arrested an expatriate in Jeddah after he appeared in an offensive video,” the labour ministry said in a statement.
The owner of the hotel where the Egyptian expatriate work has also been summoned for questioning for failing to adhere to government regulations that stipulate a gender-segregated workplace.
As the video sparked a torrent of criticism from arch-conservatives, the public prosecution urged expats in the kingdom to respect “values and traditions of Saudi society”.