Dating traditions all over the world are totally different. Though current tendencies are turned towards women being free to choose a person, dating an Arab woman may be complicated by her religion and beliefs as well as her family members. There are exceptions, but most Arab women tend to be Muslim, and this religion is a thing that strongly limits the abilities of any of its devotees.
When it comes to women who put their faith in Islam, you should be well aware that if your religion is out of this category, you won’t be the option to even consider. If you happen to be a Muslim as well looking for a wife-to-be, forget about all the tricks that help get attention from other Arabic girls. The culture Arab girls are brought up in is the complete opposite of the westernized one, so their opinion on things acceptable and not completely differs from one of the girls raised in Europe and America.
Another important aspect you should be aware of is the fact that the family of your potential Arab partner should approve of your relationship or else it will become almost impossible to date that girl. Family plays an extremely important role in every Arab person's life. The family image and its status is very valuable there, so being approved of by her parents should always be your №1 priority. No Arab parent will allow their child to connect their life with a person without them being completely sure the marriage or even just dating will increase their family importance and influence. So be sure to recommend yourself well and create a positive first impression about you while meeting them.
If you are still sure about your desire to date an Arab girl, we are happy to suggest to you some tips that will help you get her heart.
1. Find a connection with her family
Muslim women don’t usually have the ability to decide for themselves who to date. It will be her parent’s decision whether to allow their girl to have the relationship or not. Communicate with the girl herself first, find as much as possible about her parent’s attitude towards dating in general. Show that you are not afraid of being judged by them and be confident.
Be ready for a meeting with parents very soon. Here is some advice on what you should do:
- Show your respect to them, be nice and polite;
- Show you are religious: though Arabs living in Western countries have not escaped from the impact of this culture, and Islamic person will always be in favour when it comes to dating;
- You can bring little presents to the meeting, such as flowers for your girl’s mother or national treats.
2. Be patient
If you were not in luck from the very first time and her father didn’t give her permission to date you. Don’t give up right after it if you actually like the woman. Keep being patient and respectful, take your failures with dignity, and be understanding.
It’s hard to hear that you’ve been disapproved of by the family of your beloved one, but the best thing you can do in the situation is to ask her what exactly was the issue and what problem her parents see in your relationship with their daughter. If there is something you can improve and change, do so - and that will show your determination and willpower the best. Arabic countries tend to have very patriarchal families, and the father is usually the head of the family who makes the most important decisions. If you manage to show him that you are ready to change and grow to suit his daughter and that you respect his opinion, he might change his mind and see a strong-willed person ready to do what’s needed to improve in you. That might be a crucial point to make her family accept you after all.
Don’t reject her parents’ opinion, as without their approval she won’t even consider you.
Show you have good intentions. Arab women are brought up to later become good wives. So dating an Arab girl will most likely lead to marriage. You can’t date a Muslim just for fun, so keep it in mind if your intention is not to commit so seriously.
3. Be attentive
If you finally happen to date an Arab woman, the best thing you can do is show her attention and respect.
Muslim communities are often centred around a man being the head of the family, while women are destined to follow his directions. Although such a concept makes them good, faithful wives, what they are often lacking is enough interest in their own thoughts and feelings. But just like any other human, Arab women do need to share their worries.
Unlike European ladies, Muslim women appreciate you a lot for valuing their opinion. If you happen to be from not a strict religious surrounding and our understanding of women’s needs, you sure will be in favour of an Arab woman. Don’t be scared of it, you can hardly find a girl raised in Muslim traditions who will have high demands for you like western females do. But being respectful and attentive is definitely a key to winning the heart of an Arab girl.
4. Respect traditions
In Muslim culture women are not only dominated by men and their faith is in hands of parents. Dating an Arab woman implies you not only have no possibility to kiss her, but touching is also illegal. Having any contact with men, be it sexual relationships or simple but coming into any physical connection with a man is strongly prohibited and even considered a crime.
As well as that Muslim clothes are different from what you are used to seeing European girls.
If a woman wears a hijab or even a niqab, don’t ask her to take it off and show her face or hair. It is a total violation of religious rules, as only women can see what’s under these garments. Of men, only close relatives and a husband are let under the secret of hijab.