Smoking in public places is another issue where I have seen progress in Saudi Arabia in the five years I have lived here. Moving to KSA from a smoke-free environment, I was not happy to discover smoking was allowed here. Smoking was finally banned at the kingdom's airports in 2011. Late last year a ban was enforced on smoking in public places, outlawing it in places like restaurants, malls, etc. Although some people continue to smoke in malls, etc., defying the ban, I have to admit that there has been a great improvement. Hookah lounges are allowed to offer smoking in open outdoor spaces.