- Shops have been ordered to erect dividers to keep men and women apart
- The dividers need to be at least 5ft 3in, religious police said
- Saudi Arabia’s strict sharia law ban men and women who are not immediate relatives from socialising
By Sara Malm
PUBLISHED: 19:59 GMT, 29 January 2013 | UPDATED: 20:00 GMT, 29 January 2013
The barriers need to be at least 5ft 3in high and will keep staff from seeing and communicating with workers of the opposite sex.
This follows Saudi Arabia’s strict interpretation of Islam which prohibits men and women who are not immediate relatives from socialising.
The news comes only days after the religious police, known as the Mutawa, said there would be no punishment for men who frequent shopping malls and public spaces in their underwear.
The new and controversial trend among young men is to go out in public wearing only undershirts and trousers, normally worn underneath the traditional robes.