In recent years, Saudi Arabia has beheaded more criminals than any other country.
In 2002, 45 men and two women were beheaded and a further 52 men and one woman in 2003.
In early 2008, shortly before Valentine's Day, the Commission for the Promotion for Virtue and Prevention of Vice in Saudi Arabia banned red roses and ordered florists and gift shop owners in Riyadh to remove any items coloured scarlet, which is widely seen as symbolizing love and encouraging relations between men and women outside of marriage.
Later the same year, it was announced that men who flirt publicly with women in northern Saudi Arabia were to be punished by being given haircuts.
Police were ordered to administer the trims after a group of men with long hair had been seen pestering female students as they left school in the town of Skaka.