The general rule in regards to the legality of something is that if it is suspected to be “haram” (forbidden or clashing with Islamic law or may lead people astray from Islam) then suspicion alone is grounds for banning it.
Banned: Selling or wearing anything red on Valentine’s Day Every February 14th entails the same procedure; flower shops and gift shops are prohibited from selling red roses, anything heart-shaped or red for that matter on that day by the “Committee for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice” (CPVPV) otherwise known as the Religious Police.
Furthermore, because Saudi Arabia contains the two holy mosques, it considers having any pork inside the country desecration.
Banned: Women working in certain jobs Women are not allowed to do most of the jobs that men can do in Saudi Arabia.
Despite all this, there is an underground culture of rock bands and concerts hidden away from the eyes of religious officials.
Banned: Gyms and sports for women For a while, private gyms for women were allowed to operate until the Religious Police decided to close them down for good.
Any girl that shows up to school with a hint of red is barred from entry and is sent home to change whatever it is that is red.
The usual reasoning for banning anything red on Valentine’s Day is to discourage people from celebrating it (as it is not an Islamic occasion and it may lead people “astray”) and to prevent people dating or from having any contact outside marriage.
Banned: The mixing of sexes at malls and restaurants In many malls in Saudi, only “families” are allowed.