Thanks for the kind words of respect. All praise is due to Allah for making the FHWS blog possible. Everything good is from Allah and anything bad is from my own hands for which I seek His forgiveness and then the forgiveness of FHWS readers. May He forgive us all and have mercy on us ameen.
Only 20 marriages in 20 years? That couldn’t be further than the truth. Whoever told you that needs to get their facts right because just two years ago, in a Saudi Gazette article from 2013 that quotes 2012 stats, there were 3,875 marriages between Saudi/non-Saudi marriages and last year it was an astounding 15,700 marriages. Marriages between Saudi women and non-Saudi men made up the bulk of those numbers. That number would be much higher if you take into account those Saudi/non-Saudi marriages over a 20 year period.
It is true that Saudi parents do not readily accept their children marrying a foreign wife/husband, the resistance being put up mostly towards Saudi women marrying non-Saudi men. But as time goes on, more and more open to the idea. This year, the committee for the care of orphans has suggested that Saudi orphans be able to marry foreigners. Generally, orphans are overlooked by some Saudis as potential marriage partners so this recommendation is heart warming.
There was a very big change for non-Saudi women being able to obtain a Saudi passport. The requirements for citizenship became difficult when the qualifications changed from 5 years of marriage to a 17 point system. Then the Saudi government put a hold on citizenship applications while they reviewed more changes to the law. It appears that in lieu of citizenship, non-Saudi wives/mothers will be granted a permanent residence akin to a foreigner who has a United States green card. They can remain in Saudi Arabia as long as they are married and/or have a child or children if divorced or widowed. Further details can be found in Saudi reporter, Sabria S. Jawher’s article, New Rights For Non-Saudi Moms May Benefit Saudi Mothers, Too.
*Submission slightly edited for better reading*
Type your submission here: Salamualeykum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu. First I excuse myself for my English. I’m from **** and because of that, my English is bad. Sister, I’m so happy to have found your website. Respect to you and to your work , really it helped me a lot. Sister, I have some questions for you. I hope you can answer them.
1.I heard really a lot of stories from people. That Saudi people never really accept a foreigner to marry their daughter. I heard in the last 20 years, just 20 foreign man married Saudi woman. Is that true?
2. Can you tell me about the situation of marriage now in Saudi Arabia? How is it ? Did things change?
(And I would like to have the passport).