In it, it was announced that restaurants and cafes in the country will now be allowed to host musical events and live performances.
This particular announcement didn't go down well with some Saudis, who took to Twitter to criticize it via the hashtag "boycott restaurants that play music." However, those celebrating the announcement were quick to shut them down.
"It's not part of our traditions"
"It's one of my rights not to listen to music while eating because my religions prohibits that"
Not everyone is happy about the boycott plans, though
Many Saudis hit back at the hashtag with memes
Others pointed this out
"Here, it's normal to see someone justifying violence but hurting when they hear music."
"What's so wrong with music?"
"What harm did it cause you? At least it doesn't hurt anyone. It doesn't enforce itself on anyone, it doesn't kill or steal and doesn't cause any harm at all. What's this stupid rhetoric that makes you oppose it and create such a controversy? Just so you can boycott it? You don't like music... don't listen to it."
"In case you guys have no idea ... it's 2019"
Music has long been a controversial issue in the kingdom
Musical performances of any kind have always sparked heated debates in the kingdom. This is because many in the country believe music is haram (prohibited in Islam). This opinion is also upheld by several of the kingdom's clerics.
Several cities in Saudi Arabia also ban restaurants from hosting live musical events or DJ nights.