Saudi Arabia allows shops and businesses to open 24 hours

Saudi Arabia allows shops and businesses to open 24 hours

As of January 1, Saudi Arabia allowed shops and businesses to stay open 24 hours.

Shops and establishments availing the license will also have to follow certain conditions.

Shops have to install cameras and surveillance systems, according to a statement from the Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs.

This is also the latest in a string of reforms to boost the ease of doing business in Saudi Arabia.

“Allowing commercial activities to function 24/7 will contribute to providing commodities and services to residents around the clock and will enhance the quality of life in cities”.

Majed Al Qasabi, the acting Minister of Municipal and Rural Affairs said in several media reports.

It’s noteworthy that a Saudi cabinet decision came out in July 2019 permitting stores and restaurants to operate all day.