Only nonMuslim diplomats are allowed into the store; In 1952, the country banned the consumption of alcoholic beverages
The Saudi Arabian International Communication Center confirmed to local news agencies on Wednesday (January 24, 2024) that the country is preparing to open the first store selling alcohol in the capital Riyadh.
The measure is intended to combat the illegal sale of alcoholic beverages in the country and is aimed exclusively at nonMuslim diplomats. The majority of Saudi Arabia's population will continue to face torture, fines and prison sentences if consumed.
The ban on the consumption of alcoholic beverages has been in effect since 1952. In Islam, the official religion of Saudi Arabia, consumption is considered a sin, regardless of the quantity.
However, since taking office, the kingdom's current ruler, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, has proposed reforms to diversify the country's revenues and make it less dependent on oil values.
Prince bin Salman plans to turn the country into a major economic center and increase the number of tourists visiting the country. In 2034, the kingdom will host the world's largest football event, the World Cup.