Saudi Arabia

Hell on Earth

Saudi Arabia is a Muslim country in which Islamic law is strictly enforced. So why would anyone in their right mind want to go and live there.

  • The public practice of any form of religion other than Islam is illegal, as is an intention to convert others
  • Islamic codes of behaviour and dress are strictly enforced. Women should wear conservative, loose-fitting clothes as well as a full length cloak and headscarf. Men should not wear shorts in public
  • It is illegal for women to drive
  • Homosexual acts and adultery are illegal and can be subject to severe sanctions
  • Penalties for the possession of, or trade in, alcohol are severe. Both result in prison sentences
  • Bringing medication to the country requires a doctor’s prescription
  • Importing pork products is forbidden
  • The possession of pornographic material – or of illustrations of scantily dressed people, especially women – is prohibited
  • The punishment for smuggling drugs includes the death penalty
  • Photographing government buildings, military installations and palaces is not allowed
  • It is illegal to hold two passports in Saudi Arabia and a second will be confiscated by immigration authorities

Foreign Office



Even if you obeyed all of the rules you could still be falsely accused and conveniently found guilty

In May, a job advert on a Saudi civil service website advertised for the services of eight new executioners. No special qualifications were needed for the jobs whose main role is “executing a judgment of death” but also involve performing amputations on those convicted of lesser offences.

Under the conservative kingdom’s strict Islamic sharia legal code, drug trafficking, rape, murder, armed robbery and apostasy are all punishable by death. Rights groups have long criticised the system for its ambiguous nature and a lack of due process.

The Saudi record is “utterly shameful”, Amnesty said. “The use of the death penalty is horrendous in all circumstances, and is particularly deplorable when it is arbitrarily applied after blatantly unfair trials,” said Boumedouha, acting Middle East director.