The Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCNTH) has made it mandatory for hotels in Mecca and Medina to stop broadcasting certain television channels, including those airing music and movies. This, the commission explained to an online newspaper in the country, was informed by the need to maintain the dignity and sanctity of the Two Holy Mosques in the two cities.
The commission has decided to investigate if the order is being obeyed by the hotels and has also urged citizens and residents to inform if they find any violation of this order. It said hotels found violating the order would be brought to book and punished. During Ramadan in the past, the commission has fined as much as SR100,000 (N530,000) for such violations. This multiplies with the repetition of the violation or closure of the facilities to end violations in these tourist facilities. Engineer Khalid Al-Shahrani, director of the branch of the commission, told arabnews.com that there are surveillance teams which visit all tourist accommodation facilities in these two cities under an authorized program to ensure that there is no violation of such orders.
It has urged the citizens and residents to contact on phone number 19988 to register any complaint, give suggestions or for any inquiry in this required. The commission has also prohibited keeping TV remote controls for these inside hotel rooms.