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.Dating in Saudi Arabia is really no different in this respect, but there are a few things you should keep in mind. You should make continuous eye contact, but be wary of mall security at the same time.First of all, you are not legally allowed to just walk up and talk to a girl. Follow the group or, if they are following you, make sure you occasionally make eye contact to signal interest, and then go somewhere discrete, like a unisex store. Saudi girls may initially be shy, but many won’t hesitate making the first move (kind of a paradox there) and hand you their phone number.Western Embassy parties are fun and facilitate dating in Saudi Arabia since veils are not allowed, and you will meet both men and women that are open-minded.
Yes, it is quite unnerving moving to one of the most conservative countries in the world.
The punishment for sex outside of marriage is a hefty number of lashes.
Do not–absolutely do not–date a married woman (and some may try to approach you). Saudi Arabia has one of the highest worldwide ratios of twitter and facebook users when compared to population.
Secondly, Saudi girls usually walk around in groups. You must remain very close when in the store, they can’t be seen approaching you.
The important thing here is how you look (your clothes), eye contact, and the lead away from open public areas.