Saudi Arabia, also known as "The Land of Two Holy Mosques," welcomes millions of visitors in their country every year due to the famous pilgrimage to Mecca. It is also the home to the World Heritage Site Mada'in Saleh and the world's largest sand desert, Rub' al Khali. Alongside this are some of the other well-known sites such as the National Museum, the Elephant Rock, and the clay and mud brick Fort Masmak.
The country is known as one of the most conservative nations in the world. In Arab culture, the interaction between females and males are controlled. Dating is kept in private and under the radar because women caught interacting personally with men in public could bring shame to the family and their whole tribe.
Having sexual encounters outside marriage is forbidden in Islam as well. Thus, it is punished severely in the country through a tremendous number of lashes.
Arranged marriage is also a practice in the country. Parents are the ones who usually search for their children's life partners, but their sons and daughters are also allowed to suggest someone they deem fit.
Recently, women have been more aggressive in pursuing men. This fact is not explicitly evident, but women continuously look for avenues to do so. Such approaches include going to embassy parties, malls, and the most popular, using social media. Despite the barriers of law, social media enables women to show their true personalities. Behind those covers are women who are firm and independent. Also, they instantly display their bubbly and exciting personalities once they trust someone.
Studies have shown that this country, with more or less 22 million in population, is among the top nations with the highest social media users. With the rise of the technological age, citizens of Saudi Arabia found a new avenue to meet people without damaging their family's honor and facing the consequences of judgment.
Do not be surprised though if women don't post a picture of themselves on their profile. They're just keeping it safe since religious police monitor online fora.
Technology is now changing the course of dating and relationships in Saudi Arabia. It is exciting to see that despite the country's strict laws and other hurdles of meeting someone new, more and more relationships nowadays are a result of the couple's own love stories.
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