Many young Muslims around the British Isles are brought up in traditional households, but without a wider community with a shared cultural heritage.
Saudi women are turning to foreigners for stability and security in the marital world.
Many say they would rather marry foreigners to ensure that the marriage doesn’t end in divorce or polygamy, not to mention the greater social and cultural freedom they say they would enjoy by getting hitched "outside the box."“Countless young women are afraid of marrying into Saudi families because of soaring divorce rates and social restrictions,” Hady Makki, a hospital nurse, told Arab News.“Many just want to travel and pursue a more open lifestyle, which they say they can’t do within their society.”Suad Ali, a Saudi married to an Arab expatriate, said intercultural marriages are more common in cities such as Makkah, Jeddah, Madinah and Taif, mainly thanks to cultural interaction with Haj and Umrah foreigners.
By contrast, women in Riyadh and other southern regions with deeper tribal routes are less prone to marrying outside their culture.
From the standpoint of anthropology and sociology, dating is linked with other institutions such as marriage and the family which have also been changing rapidly and which have been subject to many forces, including advances in technology and medicine.
Arzo Kazmi has been looking for a husband for some time.
With the use of modern technology, people can date via telephone or computer or meet in person.The government tends to decide the legality of actions based on the Islamic law or on the basis of whether or not it will lead people away from Islam.The strictness of Saudi Arabia’s laws also varies based on an individual's gender, as gender roles are very distinct in Saudi Arabian culture and society.Legal consultant Abdulaziz Dashnan said Kuwaiti men top the list of Gulf nationals married to Saudi women, according to a 2012 statistical study.Yemenis, however, got the lion’s share of non-Gulf expats married to women within the country.