This upcoming development will represent a significant milestone, as Saudi Arabia is poised to establish its inaugural liquor store, a departure from the enduring religious tradition of abstaining from alcohol consumption since its prohibition in 1952.
The groundbreaking decision, spearheaded by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, holds historical significance for the kingdom, given its longstanding adherence to strict measures against alcohol. Despite alcohol being forbidden in Islam, the forthcoming store in Riyadh’s diplomatic quarter will exclusively cater to non-Muslims, requiring prior authorization through the Diplo app, according to Reuters.
Approved diplomats are restricted from bringing guests or individuals below the age of 21 into the store, and photography is strictly prohibited. Additional precautions include securing mobile phones in pouches while shopping, and each registered diplomat will be subject to a monthly quota.