GCC citizens top list of foreigners married to Saudi women

Updated 03 March 2014

GCC citizens top list of foreigners married to Saudi women

GCC citizens topped the list of foreigners who married Saudi women in 2011, with over 1,600 marriage contracts, a local daily said.
According to data released by the Ministry of Justice, Kuwaitis ranked first among GCC nationals marrying Saudis, with 762 contracts, while 554 Qataris, 266 UAE citizens and 20 Omanis also married Saudi women that year.
Yemenis topped the list of other Arab nationalities to have married Saudi women, at 1,000 marriages that year alone.
A total of 269 Syrians, 173 Egyptians, 76 Lebanese, 19 Iraqis, and 14 Moroccans also married Saudi women the same year, the report said.
Hani Al-Ghamdi, a family and community counselor, said that there are no restrictions for Saudi women marrying GCC citizens or other foreign nationals.
He said that intercultural marriage between Saudi and GCC or other Arab nationalities is a widely accepted norm and wondered why certain Saudi families still insist on marrying their daughters off to men of the same tribe, rejecting even suitors from other parts of the Kingdom.
Abdullah Salih Sanaan, a marriage contract clerk, said that Saudi women require approval from their local governorate in order to marry foreigners and that intercultural marriages do not fall within the jurisdiction of clerks such as himself, even if the marriage is to a GCC citizen.


Saudi Arabia reports 32 new COVID-19 deaths

Updated 31 min 19 sec ago

Saudi Arabia reports 32 new COVID-19 deaths

  • There have been a further 1,972 recoveries from COVID-19

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia on Monday announced 1,258 new coronavirus cases and 32 new deaths from the disease.
The new cases reported in the Kingdom increase the total number of people who have contracted the virus to 280,093. 

The recent fatalities raise the Kingdom’s virus-related death toll to 2,949. 

According to the Ministry of Health, 89 of the newly recorded cases were in Riyadh, while there were 75 reported in Al-Hufoof and 65 in Dammam.

There have been a further 1,972 recoveries from COVID-19, taking the total number of recoveries to 242,053.