Because Friday is the holiest day for Muslims, the weekend is Friday-Saturday.
In accordance with Wahhabi doctrine, only two religious holidays, Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha, were publicly recognized, until 2006 when a non-religious holiday, the 23 September national holiday (which commemorates the unification of the kingdom) was reintroduced.
Several of the men I surveyed reported that they had simply called random numbers, hoping to reach a woman.
Nora, a Saudi married to an Arab, regrets marrying out of her culture, saying she was conned.“I wish I listened to my relatives’ advice,” she said.
Khairiyah Ali, another Saudi woman, said she and her children found themselves in a financial crisis after her expat husband was thrown in jail following a dispute with his sponsor.
Saudi women are turning to foreigners for stability and security in the marital world.
Many say they would rather marry foreigners to ensure that the marriage doesn’t end in divorce or polygamy, not to mention the greater social and cultural freedom they say they would enjoy by getting hitched "outside the box."“Countless young women are afraid of marrying into Saudi families because of soaring divorce rates and social restrictions,” Hady Makki, a hospital nurse, told Arab News.“Many just want to travel and pursue a more open lifestyle, which they say they can’t do within their society.”Suad Ali, a Saudi married to an Arab expatriate, said intercultural marriages are more common in cities such as Makkah, Jeddah, Madinah and Taif, mainly thanks to cultural interaction with Haj and Umrah foreigners.
None of the men indicated that this had led to anything more than a telephone conversation.