The Rock wants to bring tequila to Saudi Arabia, despite the country’s liquor ban


American actor Dwayne Johnson – aka The Rock – had “an historic night” with Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman this week.

Posting a screenshot of an article from The Hollywood Reporter about the meeting to social media, the action star (Fast and Furious, Jumanji) expressed his excitement over the private dinner he shared with the prince and other Hollywood elites.

Concluding his post on Facebook, Johnson says he looks forward to his “first visit soon to Saudi Arabia.” He then promises to bring his “finest tequila to share with the his Royal Highness and family.”

Tequila is a traditional form of Mexican alcohol, distilled from the the blue agave plant.

Alcohol remains strictly illegal under Saudi law. Punishments for trafficking and consuming alcohol can be severe, including hundreds of lashes, imprisonment and deportation. However, it is widely known that many expats – and locals – continue to consume liquor regularly throughout the kingdom.

Many residents find creative methods to brew alcohol in their private homes, despite the risks. Some smugglers also find unique ways to bring alcohol into Saudi Arabia. For example, back in 2015, border agents discovered a shipment of 48,000 cans of Heineken beer disguised with Pepsi labels that smugglers were attempting to bring into the kingdom.

Despite the kingdom’s prohibition on alcohol, The Rock’s Facebook post suggests he’s confident he can bring tequila as a gift.


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