The man, who is reportedly an Egyptian hotel worker, filmed himself eating breakfast with a female colleague in the hotel where they both work. In this video, the pair could be seen eating breakfast together at a table. The man, believed to be Egyptian, had already been arrested.
The ministry said the hotel owner had been summoned for failing to adhere to government regulations that stipulate a gender-segregated workplace. She is also seen feeding the man something that looks like a french fry.
A labour ministry statement on Sunday said an inspection team had visited the unidentified hotel in the western city of Mecca and detained the Egyptian for violations including working in a profession restricted to Saudis, without providing details. It has sparked outrage in a country which considers it unlawful for a woman to spend time with a man who is not her relative.
Of course, the opinions are mixed, in Saudi Arabia, the people criticized why the man was the only one arrested and also wanted the woman punished.
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The following day, it released another statement warning that people face up to five years in prison for producing, posting online, sending or saving materials that "violate public order, religious values, public morality, or the sanctity of personal life".
Long known for its ultra-conservative mores, the kingdom has tried to modernise its image with a programme of wide-ranging social and economic reforms, driven by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
They are not allowed to carry out most activities without being accompanied by their male guardians, usually a father or husband, but possibly a brother or a son.
Saudi Arabia therefore enforces strict segregation between the sexes in public areas, places of work and restaurants as well as places of worship.