Ban on non-Saudi nationals posting ads on social media


Saudi Gazette report

Riyadh — The General Broadcasting Commission issued a circular prohibiting non-Saudi nationals from posting advertisements on social media.

The commission noted that the practice of posting ads on social media by those who do not have a license to do so is a violation of Saudi labor law, as well as rules for the treatment of expatriates.

The commission issued the directive in line with its tasks under the Kingdom’s Broadcast Media Law to control advertising violations.

The commission monitored violations by a number of non-Saudi advertisers, including expatriates and visitors to social media platforms.

When their data was verified, it was found that they had committed violations of the law as they had not obtained a business registration or legal license and were not working under any commercial entity. Also, they do not have any foreign investment license.

The commission said it would issue, in coordination with the Ministry of Commerce, a circular to commercial establishments instructing them not to deal or advertise with non-Saudi advertisers, whether resident or visiting, or to advertise to them or invite them to events to market products, services and goods.

He pointed out that the advertising contract for commercial establishments is only for those who work under a business entity and have a license and legal documents authorizing them to practice commercial advertising on social media platforms.

“This is part of the organization of advertising work in Saudi Arabia in accordance with audiovisual media laws; the Electronic Commerce Law, and relevant laws and regulations, including the Labor Law promulgated by Royal Decree No. M/51 of 23 Shaban 1426, article 33 of which states that “a non-Saudi shall not may engage in work and may only be authorized to do so after obtaining a licence”.

Rules for the treatment of expatriates in violation of regulations, issued by Royal Decree No. (M/24) of 12/5/1434, preventing the employee from working on his own account, and the law against commercial concealment issued by Royal Decree No. (M/40) of 1/1/1442 considers a non-Saudi carrying out an economic activity for his own account without a license as a “crime” whose perpetrators are liable to penalties of up to 5 years imprisonment and a fine of up to SR 5 million.

The commission and the Ministry of Commerce affirmed that the laws and regulations in force in Saudi Arabia must be observed by all persons and entities.

He called for reporting any violations through the media platform or the commission’s unified number (920004242), and commercial violations through the Ministry of Commerce’s unified call center on the number (1900).


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