Dating in middle eastern culture


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Just going out in public with my Saudi Arabian friends, I often got nervous or disapproving looks.

When I mentioned I was seeing a guy from the Middle East the most common response I got was “be careful.” This always just confused me. Usually the implication was that he was going to take me to his country and never let me go. While it made me laugh it also made me very upset to see how fundamentally misunderstood their culture is and how unwilling people are to give them a chance.

They like to keep what they do behind closed doors very private.

While I don’t imagine that you share intimate details about your relationship with the world, keep in mind that things that are no big deal to you, may be more personal to them.

Dating a guy from the Middle East can be an extremely interesting, fun and rewarding experience, as it was in my case. Their expectations may not be the same of yours and it’s important to find out early on so as to avoid running into heartbreak down the road.