The Saudi authorities have arrested an Egyptian migrant worker, for "indecent" behavior contrary to Muslim morality: the man is in the police's sights, for having lunch in a hotel in the governorate of Jeddah (in photo) in a company of a woman colleague. The video has been shared widely on social media where it has brought on outrage. Hence, the Egyptian man was arrested.
Local media identified the man as an Egyptian national.
The latest reportedly showed two Saudi females working in a garment store, with one discarding her abaya.
Government regulations instruct that workplaces should ensure a separate setting for both female and males employees.
The man, who has not been named, was arrested in the port city of Jeddah by the Saudi Ministry of Labour and Social Development, which accused him of "committing several violations".
Men and women who are not married or close relations must sit separately from each other.
The highly religious kingdom has strict laws defining how unrelated men and women can dine together.
The Saudi public prosecutor's office said foreigners working in Saudi Arabia should "respect Saudi values, traditions and feelings". She was covered from head to toe in black Islamic niqab.
Women are also not allowed to go about many activities without being accompanied by a male guardian - often a male family member.
The arrest is at odds with the much-touted reform efforts of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman - known nearly universally as MBS - which seemed to be progressing with the Kingdom's lifting of a ban on women driving, but took a U-turn with the May arrest of at least 11 women activists.
Under his helm, Saudi Arabia in June ended a long-standing ban on women driving and launched a number of projects aimed at attracting tourists. People also questioned how this arrest went hand in hand with the country's recent progressive measures for women.