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Dating in the Arab world is a fascinating topic. To begin with, Arab dating is very different conceptually from the Western world’s views of dating. Arab dating is only encouraged under the context of finding a suitable marriage partner. In fact in the Arab world, it is not known as dating but rather considered as courtship.

To understand more about Arab dating, we must differentiate it from the Islamic religious rules. Arab dating rules are based on the Arab culture with a few influences from religion. At the core of Arab dating is the position of women in Arab society. Arab women are highly respected in their societies and their modesty is of the utmost importance. In Arab culture, situations whereby single male and females can interact are very controlled. It is in this light, that some critics argue that the concept of dating is actually shameful and damaging to the culture. Arabs perceive the western way of dating as sexual in nature hence causing a rift in interpretations. However, many young Arabs today perceive dating as a way to prepare themselves for marriage and married life in general. A more modern look at Arab dating includes the advent of online dating. Many Arabs today are finding love on the internet.


Before engaging in Arab relationships, single Arabs must always make sure that marriage is the end goal of such interactions. There are some unspoken rules as concerns the grey area that is Arab dating:


  1. Males and females should always meet in public. For stricter families, these dates must be chaperoned by an older family member such as an aunty or cousin. The couple is not allowed to be alone at any time.

  2. There shall be no physical contact between the couple. This includes holding hands, caressing or even sharing a kiss.

  3. Premarital relationships of a sexual nature are heavily discouraged at all costs.

  4. The relationship must be based on honesty and purity following the cultural and religious rules.

  5. Dating is only deemed acceptable if it is a means by which a single Arab male or female is ready to look for a worthy spouse.

  6. Dating for marriage involves not only the couple but also the family.


Arab Marriage

The first step in finding a suitable Arab partner for marriage is to list down what one is looking for in a spouse. Arranged marriages are the most popular way by which single Arabs begin to date. A single Arab, mostly males, give their mothers a list of what they are looking for in a suitable wife. Through networking, mothers and aunties alike inquire about suitable single Arab women from good families. It is wise to remember that for Arabs, a marriage is not just a union between two people but a bringing together of two families. Hence as mothers and aunties search for suitable spouses, they search for families that they share common goals and values. Once these single women are found, meetings are arranged between the prospective bride and groom. The couple is allowed to meet for the first time in a chaperoned setting mostly in the presence of both families. If the two people agree to the courtship then the process of dating can begin. Engagements are very common at this stage. The engagement ceremony is normally held at the lady’s house. At this ceremony, the groom will officially ask for the lady’s hand in marriage. All other meeting and dates between the couple must always be chaperoned until they are officially married. One thing to note about arranged marriages in the Arab world is that the bridge and groom do have the final say on who they will settle with contrary to popular belief. Other versions of arranged marriages do exist where the couple have known each other before and proceed to formalize their union the cultural way. The next step is the signing of the marriage contract.  The contract is signed between the bride and groom in the presence of witnesses. This contract states the responsibilities of each party. The rest of the content may include the amount of dowry to be paid, divorce agreements and such. After the marriage contract is signed, a party may be held to celebrate this signing. After this, the bride will have a Henna party which can be loosely defined as a bachelorette party. During this party, only women are invited and there is song, dance and food whilst Mehndi is drawn on the bride’s hands and feet. Finally the last part is the wedding reception. The type of wedding reception varies from area to area. Nowadays the basics include the bride and groom making an entrance, indulging in cake cutting and there is lots of song and dance. One thing to note is that the number of ceremonies leading up to the wedding and the time frames differ from region to region and community to community.


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44 Cairo, Al Qāhirah, Egypt
Seeking: Male 40 - 55
28 Marrakech, Marrakech-Tensift-Al Haouz, Morocco
Seeking: Male 25 - 39
26 Mohammedia, Grand Casablanca, Morocco
Seeking: Male 24 - 36
46 `Ammān, `Ammān, Jordan
Seeking: Male 47 - 55
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60 Alger, Alger, Algeria
Seeking: Male 60 - 70
PLEASE READ FIRS and find out: My story with the Egyptian-American fool living in north CA. We met here at Muslima on March 29. We connected well by phone and vibreration. I invited him to visit me on condition we get married (I told him I was divorced 6 years ago and have my divorce certificate). He was denied flight at SFO because he had no visa to Algeria. He obtained the visa from our consulate in NY and paid $160. He arrived in Algiers on June 22 after 20 hours of flight from SFO. I insisted that he stays in an American hotel near me in Charaga $100 a night, food not incl. He had no car and depended on me. Next day I invited him to have some chicken soup and introduce him to my family. The couch and table were low to eat, so I placed him under a baby tablet so he wont drop food on my furniture, my family was stunned and took it as nursing care. Every thing went well as of my plan. He had no choice but to go hill up hill down to eat or get food from the Khiar supermarket. I had no time to feed him or invite him to eat at my house. I left him to feed himself at the expensive hotel, $22 breakfast and $40 dinner buffet or starve. During his stay, we went out only 3 times to eat and made him pay. We decided to get married and had a small Tea ceremony with my family daughter Eman, son Mehdi and his wife Nesreen. Algerian Civic code requires blood analysis ($55/each) to get married, we both made ours on June 28 at "clinique Feefak el Feth" near my house and passed. We needed the marriage certificate asap to apply for US immigration visa in Alger. We decided to make a small marriage party at my home. He would take all the expenses. I told him we can not get married because my son's friend who has the civic papers must be present but he is busy and does not work on weekends. I told him Monday July 2 we get married at my house. I spent Friday 29 with my daughter and her son serving her party from Turkey which made me very tired, I promised to see him but went to sleep. Next day I took him to visit my best friend Thawia. My son's friend needed my divorce certificate from court certified by civic office. He could not obtain the divorce certificate, but I did not tell the fool, instead I dropped him like a raw egg telling him on the phone Monday morning July 2 that he lied to me. He wanted to meet to know why, but I did not show up to meet him as I promised and blocked his phone calls. The reason I dropped him is that he did NOT buy me flowers when we had dinner at my favorite restaurant in Staoueli the day before, so I bought 1 to embarrass him. The divorce certificate was not available to get married today. I really fooled him very well: at his hotel in Charaga I told the door man Reda that he came all the way from America to marry me, I told them I love this man because he has an open mind and culture. Hanan at the hotel reception told him "she must love you, she was very worried when she went searching for you while you were out on foot." I texted him that he lied to me and that Allah saved me from him. He did not buy me love-roses at the restaurant yesterday. He said he wanted to buy me white roses but i wanted red roses now, red is my color. The fool cut his trip short and flew back 24 hours to SFO he had no other choice.
31 Mahdia, Mahdia, Tunisia
Seeking: Male 27 - 39