We initially got married so we could actually date properly.” Kuwait, like Saudi Arabia, is an Islamic society, and when Desert Girl first arrived in 1996, she says that no one would ever date out in public—though that rule didn’t apply to foreigners and married couples.Most marriages were arranged, and any actions a woman took that might be deemed uncouth could bring instant shame on her family.One way that Kuwait got around this was to have restaurants equipped with “cabinas,” private dining rooms where dating would take place behind literal closed doors.
society, interaction between single, unrelated members of the opposite sex is off the table, both culturally and legally.
Being caught alone with a man who isn’t kin can put a woman in some serious hot water.
Kuwait’s divorce rate is about 50 percent, there are many more women in the workforce, and Kuwaiti women are now marrying foreign men—something that was completely unheard of 10 years ago.
Though young people no longer sneak around inordinately, she says, the concept of dating is still new.
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