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Solo Living and Dating for Expats in Saudi Arabia

Author: Jason Zhou
Submitted: October 2014

Solo living has become a significant trend all over the world over the past few decades. It is especially common in large cities or towns in developed countries. More and more people choose to live alone as modern work patterns and financial independence enable them to choose the lifestyle they want.

When moving to a new country, your circumstances might mean you are making the move alone. If you are moving to, or if you have already been living in Saudi Arabia, you may feel unsettled at the beginning. This is because the way of life there differs from many countries – there are no pubs or clubs in Saudi Arabia as alcohol is prohibited in the country. There are also no cinemas. However, there are gyms and shopping centres available, which offer some home comfort. If you are in Eastern Province, you are not far from Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates. Laws in these countries are not so strict, and they are well worth visiting to let off some steam, something which many expats do. Nearly a third of Saudi Arabia’s people are foreign nationals, meaning that, if you need the familiarity, finding someone from your home country may be quite easy.

If you are interested in finding new friends or loved ones in Saudi Arabia, you may face unfamiliar difficulties. Ways of meeting people may differ from your previous experiences as bars and clubs are unavailable. Moreover, public displays of affection with unrelated members of the opposite sex are illegal, as is spending time alone with such people. ‘Related’ in this case means being married to each other, siblings, parent or child, grandparent or grandchild, or aunt, uncle, nephew or niece. A great way to meet people and find a way around these restrictions is by using online dating.

There are many dating websites for people living in Saudi Arabia. You can search online to find some of the larger dating websites. Many sites give you suggestions based on the best match of characteristics shared between you and your potential other half. Normally, you will need to register yourself and create an online profile. Some websites are free and some charge, normally for access to the matches that have been found; generally subscription sites are considered better. Before submitting any personal information, make sure you have fully researched the website.

You may need to buy credits, normally called ‘stamps’, to see others’ profiles or subscribe to the website’s services. You will normally need to pay different fees according to the length of your subscription.

Each site will specialise in providing services for different types of people depending on what their preferences are. As long as your preferences are for the opposite sex, that is. Homosexuality is illegal in Saudi Arabia and the maximum possible punishment is death. Hence, going to Saudi Arabia is in no way recommended if you are LGBT.

Online dating scams have become a big problem all over the world. In the most common form of scam, the scamster makes a connection with you and gains your trust, then asks for financial help. At this point, your suspicions should immediately be aroused. Giving money to someone you haven’t even met is almost always foolish. The person almost certainly has no intention of returning the money or continuing with the friendship once they have got what they want.

You can find some tips on how to avoid such scams by searching online using key words such as ‘dating scam’ or ‘romance scam’. If you do find or you suspect you have been scammed, you should cease all contact with the scamster immediately.

 

 

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