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People sit at Al Futah Park, after the government lifted coronavirus disease (COVID-19) lockdown restrictions, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia July 5, 2020. Image Credit: Reuters

Dubai: Saudi Arabia has banned barbecue and shisha in public parks and warned the violators would be fine SR100 (Dh98), according to local media.

The Ministry of Municipal Affairs announced that those caught lighting fires for a barbecue, shisha or any other activities in public areas or parks of Saudi Arabia would be penalized on the spot.

First time offenders will be fined with 100 Saudi Riyals and on repeat of violation, the fine will double to SR200, said the Ministry of Municipal Affairs of the Kingdom in its statement.

The aim of the decision is to ensure safety and put an end to harmful practices that harm the offenders and other public in public areas, stated the ministry.