Saudi Arabia goes to notorious lengths to prevent unsanctioned romance.
So citizens of this conservative kingdom are increasingly turning to social-media networks to pursue relationships and plan forbidden rendezvous, people here say.
None of the men indicated that this had led to anything more than a telephone conversation.
One survey participant left his car in a lot with a “for sale” sign on the window and his phone number attached.
Social authorities in Saudi Arabia can arrest anyone who talks to a person of the opposite sex who isn’t a family member.
So how do men flirt with women in one of the world’s most conservative countries?
ith the help of Susie Khalil, an American blogger living in Jeddah, we conducted a Facebook survey of current Saudi Arabia residents to get their views on dating and the apps that enable it.
Most described a culture seemingly incompatible with a service such as Whos Here.
“Earlier, even Facebook was taboo,” wrote a 20-year-old Jeddah resident.
The woman is aware and participates by carrying her handbag slightly open for an easy shot.
I have seen/experienced the number drop in many forms.
The internet has opened new doors for single women in highly traditional societies, allowing them to chat with strangers discreetly from their homes, away from the eyes of family members.
Saudi Arabia currently has the world’s Nikia Johnson, who works for Whos Here, said in an email that Saudis use the app to make and meet new friends who are in their area or when traveling, as well as to chat and meet with people for dating purposes.