Home / Knowledge / News / Apparel/Garments / Saudi Arabian govt shuts 18 lingerie shops devoid of women
Saudi Arabian govt shuts 18 lingerie shops devoid of women
Mar '13
Eighteen lingerie stores in shopping centres located in east Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, have been shutdown by the Labour Ministry and the Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs, following failure of these shops to fulfil the Saudization conditions of employing only female staff, MENAFN-Arab News reported.
The new set of rules have been introduced for shops selling lingerie across Saudi Arabia, as the Labour Ministry recently inked a deal with the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice (Haia) to enhance employment opportunities for women in lingerie shops.
The new rules require that all shops selling lingerie or women’s accessories in the Kingdom should employ only Saudi women, and no man, including salesmen or accountants or workers from other departments of the shopping complex can gain access to such shops. Also, the women staff at these shops should dress modestly.
Ordering closure of the said 18 shops for non-compliance of rules, the Labour Ministry said it is serious about he new rules and lady officials would be visiting lingerie shops to check if all concerned shop-owners are adhering to the same or not, and would also seek Haia’s help to ensure compliance of the rules.
The Ministry said they are moving ahead in a systematic manner in this regard. First they enlightened the shop owners regarding the need for employing ladies staff, then they moved to imposing fines, barring computer services and issuing temporary closure notices, and finally, if all this does not work they order permanent closure.
All the Municipalities have been directed to issue temporary closure notices to shop owners not fulfilling the norms, and a toll free number has also been activated where general people can inform the Ministry if they notice any instance of non-compliance of the norms at any shop, it added.
The new rules also require that big shopping centres with several divisions should separate women’s sections through a 160 cm long partition, and the female workers may call Haia or police in case of any harassment at work by any customer or male worker.

Fibre2fashion News Desk - India

Must ReadView All

Apparel/Garments | On 21st Oct 2016

China’s garment retail sales grow 7.2% in Jan-Sept ’16

Retail sales of garments, footwear, hats and knitwear of Chinese...

Mike Preston, executive director of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission (AEDC), signing MoU with Tang from Suzhou Tianyuan Garments company. Courtesy: Government of Arkansas

Apparel/Garments | On 21st Oct 2016

Suzhou Tianyuan to open $20 mn garment factory in US

Suzhou Tianyuan Garments company, a Chinese manufacturer of casual...

Textiles | On 21st Oct 2016

Pakistan’s textile exports fall 5.96% y-o-y in Q1 FY17

The value of textile and garment exports made by Pakistan decreased...

Interviews View All

Karan Suratwala
Key Textile Accessories Private Limited

Chinese imports are destroying the supply chain

Dinaz Madhukar
DLF Emporio and DLF Promenade

‘Each event and promotion is planned out keeping in mind the business of...

Anshul Sood

‘Indian footwear market is nascent and largely a trend follower’

Silke Brand-Kirsch
Schlegel und Partner

Silke Brand-Kirsch, executive partner of Schlegel und Partner, a leading...

Kerem Durdag
Biovation II LLC

Kerem Durdag, CEO, Biovation II LLC, provides an insight into future...

Kai Poehler
Voith Paper GmbH & Co. KG

The glass mat industry is growing by five to eight per cent annually. Kai...

Robert Brunner

Golfwear and menswear brand Devereux is set for greener pastures. Robert...

Tony Ward
Tony Ward

"You have to truly understand what your client wants, know her needs, what ...

Igor Chapurin

"Now we can see the Russian trend in international fashion. And Russian...

Press Release

Press Release

Letter to Editor

Letter to Editor

RSS Feed

RSS Feed

Submit your press release on


Letter To Editor

(Max. 8000 char.)

Search Companies

October 2016

October 2016

Subscribe today and get the latest update on Textiles, Fashion, Apparel and so on.


Browse Our Archives


Advanced Search