It is my pleasure to present Umm Riyam’s forum for…Gulf Wives! May Allah make it a success ameen.
How and why did you create the Gulf Wives Forum? I created it because I think it’s important for foreign wives of gulf Arabs to meet other women in similar situations. I thought about making it only for women married to Saudis, but I decided it would be better to open it up to the whole Gulf. I don’t know if women married to men from other gulf countries have their own yahoo groups and ways of connecting. There are a couple of yahoo groups for women married to Saudis, but I find it hard at times to keep up with emails. I guess I’m just a forum junkie. I love internet forums, and so I decided to create one.
Who can be a member? The forum is for women only. The ideal member is someone who is married to, engaged to, divorced from, or widowed to a gulf Arab. Although, any women who are interested may join.
What benefits do you expect members to get out of the group? Connecting socially with other women, getting support and understanding when needed, learning more about the Gulf Arab culture, help with the legal processes (or at least where to start or look for help), help and support in making the big move to the Gulf.
Do you or your members find support here that is lacking elsewhere due to everyone being married to a Saudi man? I am sure other groups can offer the same support, but this group is in a different format being a forum rather than a yahoo group. The thing I like most about forums is that posts don’t get deleted or disappear, so they can always be referred back to.
What are your hopes for the group in the future? Right now, we’re new, so I hope more women will join us. I hope to post more information about the Gulf. I have sections for the marriage and visa laws, so I hope to fill those with more information. I hope we can be there to support women when they need it.
Is there anything else you would like others to know about the group? Gulf Wives is not a religious forum. Of course, most of the members will be Muslims, but we do not have Islamic sections. There are many other forums for learning about Islam. I wanted to keep the focus of this forum on the Gulf and life in the Gulf.