Yes, it is a little odd being arrested for just walking next to someone of the opposite sex.
But there is a hidden subculture that easily allows you to date and enjoy your time with a special someone in the kingdom.
Ok, I kid, but Saudi men can get very possessive and jealous.
A second thing I need to point out is tribal thinking.
First of all, dating in Saudi Arabia is nothing like in the west. This is how they are raised to think, and this is what you must respect.
Finding love and dating in Saudi Arabia is not as difficult as many expats think.Yes, it is quite unnerving moving to one of the most conservative countries in the world.The women, especially, are quite sensitive, almost naive.I recommend you never try to take advantage of them, as it can backfire and cost you dearly.
since any “wrongdoing” (aka dating) by either men or women could bring shame to the entire tribe, and every Saudi belongs to a tribe.
Oftentimes, these tribes compete on an ethical level, and a girl who is found to have dated an expat, or slept with him, may suffer great loss of face for both her and her family. Lastly, due to kingdom’s very conservative nature, dating in Saudi Arabia needs to be approached very delicately.