Bizarre breakups: 6 strange divorce cases in the Middle East

Bizarre breakups: 6 strange divorce cases in the Middle East
One Saudi couple’s marriage reportedly broke down when the wife said she liked her father's camel more than she liked her husband. (Shutterstock)
Updated 30 April 2018

Bizarre breakups: 6 strange divorce cases in the Middle East

Bizarre breakups: 6 strange divorce cases in the Middle East
  • Some marriages were just “knot” meant to last, but these divorce cases take the (wedding) cake

Got the hump

One Saudi couple’s marriage reportedly broke down when the wife said she liked her father's camel more than she liked her husband. According to local media, that off-hand joke ended the marriage as the husband took it way too seriously. Poignantly — and confusingly — the husband took his wife to her father's farm and made the camel witness the divorce.

Snapping point

Trust is, as a million frothy talk shows will tell you, the bedrock of any relationship. A groom in Saudi Arabia divorced his wife for ‘breach of trust’ two hours after they got married because she sent her friends pictures of the wedding ceremony on Snapchat. According to reports, the couple had agreed that they would not to share photos of their nuptials on social media, so the short-term husband claimed ‘breach of trust’ and had the marriage annulled.

Shaky foundation

Another short-lived marriage came to an end when, during the couple’s honeymoon in Dubai, the husband saw his bride without makeup for the first time. His spouse had apparently worn makeup and false eyelashes on all previous occasions they had met. So when she went for a swim, and emerged from the water sans makeup, the husband, according to the Daily Mail, could no longer recognize her. So… divorce. What else could any reasonable man have done?

Mr. Clean loses his luster

In 2017, a couple in Egypt reportedly filed for divorce just two weeks into their marriage because of a dispute over the division of household chores. So far, so married, right? However, in an interesting twist, the wife was upset because her 31-year-old husband — a small-business owner — insisted on taking care of domestic duties himself. The wife complained her husband did not give her “the freedom to handle my home affairs, I feel like a guest in a hotel.” We’re guessing the guy didn’t have much trouble finding someone else.

Can’t touch this

Last month, a UAE-based couple cut short their European honeymoon because the wife refused to consummate the marriage. Upon their return, they immediately filed for divorce in a Dubai court. The woman accused her husband of being tight-fisted, while he felt she was “extravagant,” Gulf News reported.

Mother-in-law no joke

This case didn’t actually end in divorce, but in 2017 an Egyptian man filed for it because his wife “neglected her family” while she was caring for her paralyzed mother. However, before a decision could be reached, the definition-challenged husband published an apology to his wife in a local newspaper, and their children helped convince the couple to reconcile.