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Safety, Security, Crime & Emergency Numbers

Officially speaking, the crime rate in Saudi Arabia is considered to be incredibly low. The only crime repeatedly reported tends to be petty theft which tends to happen only in crowded areas in major cities. But the drug trade, as well as human trafficking and prostitution are existent, if minor. Rape and sexual offense figures may be deceptive, as Saudi Arabian courts have been known to punish victims, which may indeed deter new victims from reporting the offenses.

On a corporate level, money laundering was prevalent for a while, but due to new anti-money laundering laws, this is been curbed significantly. Terrorism is also considered a matter of concern and as such, Saudi Arabia has strict laws on immigration and visitors to the country.

It’s also important to note that consuming alcohol and pork, displaying non-Islamic religious symbols or text, public displays of affection between the opposite sex, pornography, homosexuality, cross-dressing, fornication and adultery are all considered crimes in Saudi Arabia and are often strongly punished by the Committee for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice, also known as the Religious Police. Entrants to Saudi Arabia should keep these laws in mind when in the country.

Emergency Numbers

  • Police – 999
  • Fire Department – 998
  • Ambulance/Medical – 997