5 Everyday Things Banned in Saudi Arabia Number 5: Gyms and Sports for women In girls school and universities, there are no gym classes of sports teams and therefore there are no professional women’s teams. For a while, private gyms for women were allowed to operate until the Religious Police decided to close them down for good. Number 4: Other religions It is against the law for non-muslims to worship in public in Saudi Arabia and there are no houses of worship to cater to non muslims. The main reason is because the two holy mosques are located in the country and that would be blasphemous for churces or other places of worship to exist there. Furthermore, if anyone converts from Islam or abandons religion, they face the death penalty. Number 3:Cinemas Cinemas are prohibited and they are only located within private company compounds, such as theaters at Saudi Aramco residential camps. The usual reason giver for banning them is that they allow for men and women to mingie unsupervised, leading to possible immoral actions outside the realm of marriage. Number 2:Women driving Women have never been allowed to drive unless they drive in the desert or inside private compounds. The main arguments for preventing women form driving are that it may cause women to leave their houses more often than they need to, they may have interactions with unrelated males and the need to uncover their faces. Number 1: Valentine’s Day Every February 14th entails the same procedure: flowers shops and gift shops are prohibited from selling red roses anything heart-shaped or red. The penalty for violating that rule would lead to the store being shut down. Also on that day schoolgirls are prohibited from wearing anything red. The usual reasoning for banning anything red on Valentine’s Day is to discourage people from celebrating (as it is not an Islamic occasion) and to prevent people dating or having any contact outside marriage. That’s it guys, this is Top 5 Countdown, thank you for watching and don’t forget to subscribe for more videos.