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Saudi police arrest Egyptian for having breakfast with female coworker

An Egyptian hotel worker has been arrested in Saudi Arabia after he was seen in an online video, eating with a fully veiled Saudi colleague, the kingdom’s labour ministry has said.

In the video widely shared on social media, the two eat at a desk and wave at the camera.

At one point, the woman, dressed in a robe which leaves only her hands and eyes visible, feeds the man a piece of food.

An inspection team visited the hotel in Mecca – Islam’s holiest site – and detained the Egyptian for working in a field restricted to Saudis, a ministry statement said.

The hotel owner was also summoned for failing to adhere to spatial controls for employing women. Official regulations state that workplaces should provide a private setting for female employees, separate from males, but this does not always happen.

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