“The Saudi Government knows about it, so long as there are no Saudis at our celebrations, we’re safe.” According to Laura, non-Saudi Muslims routinely join the Christmas festivities and take it as an opportunity to learn new things.While residents cannot have seasonal decorations outside, the inside of their homes brims with Christian symbols, Santa stockings, stars and tinsel.
The process does not required you to follow much steps while with the help of technology, you can now apply for “family visit visa online” through Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) website.
See Also : Saudi Arabia Revises Visa Fees The validity of family visit visa in Saudi Arabia is 180 days or 6 months.
“The Christmas season – often a season where Christians around the world are most visible – is a tense time for Christians in Saudi Arabia, who have to celebrate the holiday in secret, risking arrest and deportation,” he said, noting that despite pledges a decade ago to stop interfering with non-Muslim private worship, services at private homes are still targeted by officials.
The number of Christian converts from Islam and other religions is increasing [in Saudi Arabia], along with their boldness in sharing their new faith. - David Curry, president and CEO of Open Doors USA Some celebrators have been bold enough in recent years to post online about their Christmas festivities, much to the anger of religious leaders.
In December 2012, it was reported in Arab media that Saudi Arabia’s religious police – the Mutaween – raided a private home, arresting more than 40 guests for “plotting to celebrate” the birth of Jesus.