Expats banned from buying property in Saudi cities
The ban is intended to bring an end to 'tasattur' crimes - as well as protecting the two holy cities from corruption
The Shoura Council has stated that expats are not allowed to buy property in Makkah, Madinah or Riyadh.
According to local media, the decision particularly targets non-Saudis who do not own Saudi or non-Saudi companies but have foreign shareholders.
It is hoped the ban will bring an end to 'tasattur' crimes committed by such expats, whereby they conduct business in the name of Saudis for certain fees, Arabian Business reported.
The ban is also aimed at protecting the two holy cities from corruption.
Severe punishments will be handed to violators, the Shoura Council added.