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Waleed is an outlier in Saudi Arabia, where many marriages are still set up by families and where couples sometimes don’t meet in person before getting engaged.
While there have been noticeable social changes recently, men and women who are not closely related still traditionally don't mix, and some avoid even looking at an unrelated person of the opposite sex.
“Our culture here, they make love a sin,” Waleed said.
Because sex and romantic love remain highly controversial subjects in the kingdom, interviewees spoke to NBC News on condition of anonymity, and pseudonyms have been used.
Unlike her career, Fadila’s love life has been a string of disappointments. “They think you’re bad because you go out with them and make out with them,” she laments. Then the respective fathers and brothers gathered in Fadila’s home, which is when she first met and assessed her future fiance.
“My friends say, ‘If you like him, don’t let him touch you.’” So about six months ago, her heart aching, Fadila gave up and decided to do the unthinkable. Finally, the mothers got together to drink tea and check each other out.
Well-heeled millennials meet via Tinder, Snapchat, Twitter and Instagram.She spent years studying abroad and has an American boyfriend whom she says she would “never” introduce to her family.But the relationship has no future unless Lulwa leaves her country, or he proposes marriage and converts to Islam. Finding and maintaining a relationship is a challenge even for those who haven’t fallen for a foreigner.“They said, ‘If you sign, we’ll take you home and not tell your parents.’ Instead they took me to jail.” Her mother and brother got her released the next day, and the episode has been kept secret from everybody else except her best friend.Fadila is lucky — experiences like hers have cost other women their lives.