Every Tom and Harry realizes that when you fall in love with a woman, you’ll do everything in your power to guarantee that you marry her sooner or later.
According to Quora (a question-and-answer platform), there are five things you should know about Saudi women before marrying one:
- The Saudi government must give you permission:
If you want to marry your Saudi queen according to the Kingdom’s rules, she’ll need to get a special permission from the authorities to marry a non-Saudi. The process is lengthy and bureaucratic, but it is necessary if you want your marriage to be legal in Saudi Arabia.
You must undergo a series of drug tests: According to Saudi Arabian regulation, foreign men who plan to marry Saudi women must undergo a premarital drug test on all medications, opioids, and alcoholic drinks. It goes without saying that testing positive for any of these drugs would result in the applicant’s marriage consent being denied.
You can not divorce after marriage: Since you, as a foreigner, have a propensity to divorce with her, there is a strong possibility that the bride’s family will be given custody of the children until it can be shown that they are incompetent parents.
If your child is abducted by your wife after you’ve married, don’t think it’s a crime: Saudi Arabia is no longer a signatory of the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of Child Kidnapping, but if a Saudi parent or mother (wife) kidnaps a child from their husband, there are no consequences inside Saudi borders because it’s no longer considered an abduction.
You shouldn’t sleep in the same bed as your wife: After you’ve married, tradition has it that most family functions are split by sex. There are separate exits, living rooms, and quarters for men and women in some homes. As a result, plan ahead of time to sleep/keep away from your partner.
Expect a lot of interference in your marriage: Saudi families are communal, intertwined, and very concerned with each other’s lives. This not only provides the pair with a large guide group (numbering in the thousands! ), but also a lot of input and influence in their lives. As a consequence, assume any intervention in your relationship.