Yes, it is a little odd being arrested for just walking next to someone of the opposite sex.But there is a hidden subculture that easily allows you to date and enjoy your time with a special someone in the kingdom.The punishment for sex outside of marriage is a hefty number of lashes.
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.Dating in Saudi Arabia is really no different in this respect, but there are a few things you should keep in mind. You should make continuous eye contact, but be wary of mall security at the same time.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.A word of advice: many of these parties are not advertised.You may need to speak to an embassy employee or fellow countryman in the kingdom and ask them to add you to the list, since these parties are by invitation only.First of all, dating in Saudi Arabia is nothing like in the west. This is how they are raised to think, and this is what you must respect.It doesn’t necessitate you having to marry the girl or guy you’re dating, but just be aware that it will always turn up during conversations.If you are American, go to the embassy gift shop and inquire about their events (sign up to the newsletter too) 😉 You can also buy a event membership there.Some countries automatically add you to events when you register with the embassy. A little more direct, but highly effective, is meeting your future lover in a mall.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.