Saudi Arabia


Saudi Arabia is a red-level online gambling jurisdiction where it's explicitly illegal to gamble on the Internet.

Saudi Arabia is a country located in the Middle East. It borders Egypt to the west, Jordan to the north-west, Iraq to the north, the Persian Gulf to the north-east, UAE to the east, Oman to the east, Yemen to the south, and the Red Sea to the south-west.


The influence of Islamic law in Saudi Arabia has created a situation where all form of gambling online are expressly prohibited by law. The penalties for violating this law are relatively severe, and players are not recommended to try to get around the law for this reason. This is pretty characteristic of many countries in this region and in Africa, and while it might seem ridiculous to some people, it's important not to forget that gambling has been banned for religious regions in many parts of the world as recently as the past few decades.


There has been absolutely no push whatsoever to establish a licensing body for online gambling in this country. A big reason for this is that there is no land-based gambling industry for the online industry to build on. While some countries that have rule under Islamic law have lax rules in a number of areas, some of which include gambling, Saudi Arabia is not one of those.

For this reason and others, we believe it would be completely unreasonable to expect this country to create any licensing process for any type of gambling, including playing online, at any point inside of the next several years.

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The penalties for violating their laws for gambling are fairly severe, and they're considered out of proportion with the crime itself by many. However, the fact of the matter is that this is the law in this part of the world, and players have to do with the situation as it is.

It's true that there are ways to try to gamble online and get away with it. This can be tempting for players, but because the Saudi Arabian government is so aggressive with blocking gambling sites and keeping up with new domains, it would be very easy to have money on a site that you're blocked from because a site is blocked at the ISP level whiel your account is funded. This is another reason to leave online gambling alone if you would be playing from this country.

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