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Saudi Arabia bans public bonfires, levies fine

Saudi Arabia bans public bonfires, levies fine

First-time offenders will be fined SAR100, with the amount increasing to SAR200 if the offense is repeated

Saudi Arabia has banished bonfires in gardens and other public places due to safety concerns, local newspaper Sabq reported.

First-time offenders will be fined SAR100, while a SAR200 fine will be levied on repeat offenders, Saudi minister for Municipal and Rural Affairs said.

The ministry said the fines were part of regulations for public conduct that came into effect in September this year.

The public conduct code entails penalising violations such as donning inappropriate attires, acting indecently in public spaces, playing loud music in residential areas and igniting fires in non-designated areas.

Setting up alfresco fires, as part of public outings, is a prevalent practice in Saudi Arabia.

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