Saudi Arabia bans "military terminology" from restaurant menus
Saudi Arabia is taking steps to secure its borders as its fighting against terrorism - domestic and foreign - continues. But its most recent step is a bit perplexing: restaurants in the Kingdom are now prohibited from using “military terminology” on their menus.
For the uninitiated, the “shawarma rocket” sandwich and “dynamite shrimp” meals are common dishes in local and international restaurants in the Kingdom. But according to Gulf Online and a number of other sources, restaurants that offer these dishes and any others using “military terminology” now face fines and punishments if they do not change their menus soon - with repeat offenses possibly leading to the closure of such locations.
The decree comes at troubling times in the Kingdom. The ongoing war in Yemen has claimed thousands of lives as Saudi Arabia fights Houthi rebels at its southern border, and this summer was one of the worst for domestic terrorism in the history of the Kingdom.
Whether banning "dynamite shrimp" will actually make the country safer remains to be seen.