society, interaction between single, unrelated members of the opposite sex is off the table, both culturally and legally.
Being caught alone with a man who isn’t kin can put a woman in some serious hot water.
Finding love and dating in Saudi Arabia is not as difficult as many expats think.
Yes, it is quite unnerving moving to one of the most conservative countries in the world.
Her reputation and marriage prospects could be out the window.
As for men, they are forbidden from approaching women they don’t know.
And it could get much worse.] Constrained by the state’s adherence to a particularly austere form of Sunni Islam, Saudis have long used stealthy tactics in pursuit of love and lust.
“Earlier, even Facebook was taboo,” wrote a 20-year-old Jeddah resident.
Because of the sensitivity of the topic, she and other people interviewed for this article spoke on the condition of anonymity.
Even though her mother has tried to introduce her to men in more traditional ways, she prefers courtship on social media. “I don’t want to be pushed into a relationship with a stranger.” [Saudi Arabia is reeling from falling oil prices.
Saudi Arabia goes to notorious lengths to prevent unsanctioned romance.
So citizens of this conservative kingdom are increasingly turning to social-media networks to pursue relationships and plan forbidden rendezvous, people here say.