Non-Muslims in Saudi Arabia were warned on Friday, the start of the holy month of Ramadan that sees Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset, to not drink or eat in public.
If caught doing so, the country’s authorities said they would face being expelled from the country.
Muslims during the month of fasting refrain from eating, drinking or smoking from sunrise to sunset as part of the spiritual cleansing of the month.
The Interior Ministry of the oil-rich kingdom called on expatriates to “show consideration for feelings of Muslims” and “preserve the sacred Islamic rituals.”
If they don’t, the ministry said those violating the call will see their work permits revoked and the foreigners would be booted from the ultra-conservative country.
Saudi Arabia’s population of 27 million includes some 8 million expatriates, including Asians, Arabs, and Westerners, according to government statistics.