Oftentimes, these tribes compete on an ethical level, and a girl who is found to have dated an expat, or slept with him, may suffer great loss of face for both her and her family. Lastly, due to kingdom’s very conservative nature, dating in Saudi Arabia needs to be approached very delicately.The women, especially, are quite sensitive, almost naive.Warning: It is very unusual for a Saudi not be married past the late 20s.
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Yes, it is quite unnerving moving to one of the most conservative countries in the world.
Yes, it is a little odd being arrested for just walking next to someone of the opposite sex.
First of all, you are not legally allowed to just walk up and talk to a girl. Follow the group or, if they are following you, make sure you occasionally make eye contact to signal interest, and then go somewhere discrete, like a unisex store. Saudi girls may initially be shy, but many won’t hesitate making the first move (kind of a paradox there) and hand you their phone number.
Secondly, Saudi girls usually walk around in groups. You must remain very close when in the store, they can’t be seen approaching you.