Sex Shop To Open In Mecca!

When you think of the Muslim holy city of Mecca, you tend to think of the pilgrimage that many undertake to visit this magnificent place, and the holy and religious connections it has. What you don’t think about is a sex shop.
Romantic Muslim couple

That might all change, as an entrepreneur has plans to open a sex shop in one of the holiest cities in the world… and we imagine it won’t go down too well.

Something shocking

The Moroccan-Dutch entrepreneur, Abdelaziz Aouragh, has hopes to open up a store in Mecca, expanding on the items you can currently purchase on his popular online sex shop.

We can’t see this ending well, but Aouragh seems to have high hopes that it will work. He said claimed that they store wouldn’t have pornography or sex toys in it, and instead focus on “products that increase desire between men and women”.

Given the fact that he told an Arabic news channel that he is currently pursuing a partnership with the German sex toy manufacturer Beate Uhse, we aren’t sure if we believe him.

Either way, this is something that is going to totally shock those living in Mecca and the surrounding areas.

A new side to religion

Of course, taking a look at his websites shows that he might be telling the truth after all. On the site you can find many different candles, as well as massage oils and romantic scents.

There are even some tablets said to “enhance the sexual experience” that you can buy to make time with your partner more erotic and sensual.

For Aouragh it is important that he shows another side to the Islamic people. “It is not true that Muslim women are seen only in the kitchen and seen only wearing the veil. We should also highlight love.”

He goes on to explain that this new business venture in Mecca “would promote the positive image of how Muslims should treat women in general”.

Controversial

Although Aouragh said that the store is fully Shariah-compliant, and that he has also seeked the advice of a Saudi Arabian cleric who is fully supportive of the plan, it is still a little worrying for many that he is hoping to effectively open a sex shop in the city.

Saudi Arabia is known for being a very conservative country. For a start, women are forbidden from driving and from even leaving the house without their husband or a male relative to escort them.

They are very conservative and modest people, and the thought of opening a sex shop in their city is going to anger many.

It is possible that things will not end well for Mr Aouragh. For example, in 2012 a sex shop was opened in the city of Casablanca in Morocco. Shortly afterwards, the shop was closed down. Its owner faced a fine of £700 and an eight month jail term for having the shop in the first place.

Hope for the future?

That said, there is hope for the future. Back in 2012, King Abdullah reversed the rules that meant lingerie shops could not employ women, and instead banned them from employing men. This created more equal opportunities for women, and allowed them to feel much more comfortable when they went shopping for their lacy lingerie.

This move affected thousands of shops, and it is certainly a step in the right direction!

The Telegraph reported in 2000 that the sex shop Ann Summers had been given permission to open shops in the Middle East, and of the 22 that they had permission to open, one would be in Mecca.

It isn’t clear what happened afterwards, as the store was originally going to open in the Mecca International Mall, but this still makes us think that sex is no longer seen as the great taboo it once was.

A sex shop sign in the street

A bold move

Honestly, putting a sex shop in a holy city like Mecca is a bold move. While Aouragh is insistent that the shop will not stock any items that may easily offend, such as sex toys and pornography, it is still possible that people will not agree with the move.

It is a hugely controversial one, and it is a story we intend to learn more about in the future.

What do you think of Mr Aouragh’s idea to open a sex shop in Mecca? Is a Saudi sex shop such a good idea, or should he be a little more respectful of the country and its people?

You can easily let us know what you think by visiting the Escort Scotland forum, or you could just post your comments in the box below. Agree or disagree? Let us know!

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Lara Mills

Lara Mills is a writer who has four years of sex industry expertise behind her. Since she entered the adult industry, she has worked on the Escort Advertising forums, before moving into her current role three years ago.

Since then she has gained a fine reputation with her blogs on sex advice, sexual health and amusing news stories from around the globe. She is also a campaigner for the rights of sex workers from all over the world.

In her spare time, Lara keeps herself active by going running, and is something of a film buff. She also loves to go travelling.
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