The MARRIAGE in Saudi Arabia
Definitely, when it is about marriage, the men needs to decide he wants to marry. And from that time he starts to look forward to pick up a girl.
Well, most of the women in Saudi keep their face hidden from age of 12-14th ..and for the poor Saudi young men will be so difficult to choose someone. The easier way is to go for a girl from the family (a cousin for example). Yes, it is true, you can marry with your cousin!:) Eh, when you have decided that she is the one, you need to go and “negociate” with the girl’s family. And you need to pay at least 40 000 Riyals (this is the limit, but some people paid more than 100 000 Riyals) for the bride’s family. With this money, the family will take care of the wedding and other stuffs. After this, the future groom will offer to the future bride a necklace value of another 10 000 Riyals at least and many other presents of another 10 000 Riyals at least. When the young men will come to visit his future wife, he will bring presents for the future mother in law as well. Well, not so many young man have this amount of money. Many of them take big loans from the bank for this marriage ritual.
The wedding will come and after this, the young couple will want to live in a new house without the husband’s or wife’s parents. But in Saudi, to have your own house it is a real blessing. Only a few people live in their own house, but most of them rent a place to live. The costs of buying a house are very high and it is near impossible to save in a life time enough money to afford your own house. The lands are also very expensive, it’s like a fortune a piece of space to build a house.
Anyway, in a rented place or not, the new couple is expecting to have at least one or two children. The man will provide everything for the family and for his wife and their children. In
most of the women don’t work, they keep safe the house and take care of the
kids. So, the husband needs to provide everything that the wife needs. In some
cases, the husband give to the wife a
monthly allowance of 200 Riyals at least as a plus J . Many woman are really spoiled and the husband
spends sometimes all his money only to buy things for his wife. And because the
money are not ever enough, the man needs to start a business. Because it is not
allowed to start a business and work for somebody in the same time, most of men
put the business on the sister’s or wife’s name. Saudi Arabia
Once married, the couple is supposed never to divorce. In case of divorce (if it is the husband fault) , the men needs to provide everything for the woman and their child. If the woman will marry again, the new husband will take care of everything. It is up to the wife if she wants to work, study or continue her career. This things will be decided sometimes before marriage with the future husband approval of courseJ. Bear in mind, she can not drive, she has not to many rights in the society. The main role of the woman remains inside of the family. But this will be no longer the same.
If the chosen woman for marriage is not a Saudi Arabian one, the young couple need to have the approval from one of the Prince or from the King. Any way, it would be a long and difficult process. Please see this article about the situation of marriage between a Saudi Arabian guy and a non Saudi girl : http://americanbedu.com/2012/04/19/saudi-arabia-letter-to-foreign-women-attracted-to-saudi-students/
How about the European style? Well, in here…they receive an engagement ring ..if they are lucky. About taking care…the woman needs to work and provide money for the family as the men does. If she has more money than the man, even better. Only one of ten women receive jewelry from their husbands, but 9 of 10 man like to receive and accept presents and attentions from their girlfriends/ wifes.