30% of Saudi marriages fail

Updated 17 October 2015

30% of Saudi marriages fail

BURAIDAH: The charitable society for marriage and family welfare in Buraidah witnessed a heated discussion in male and female halls after Abdulaziz Al-Msheiqih, a consultant, international arbitrator and lecturer at Al-Qasim University, delivered a lecture about "Being single is the solution." Member of the board of directors for the society, Khalid Al-Sharaydeh, said the society doesn't subscribe to a particular opinion, it only hosts speakers.
Al-Msheiqih hoped that all pretensions can be dropped and people can admit that the phenomenon of staying single is prevailing in society, pointing to statistics from the Ministry of Planning in 2010 which stated that the number of single women reached 1,529,418.
He added that research showed that there are 18,000 divorce cases in comparison to 60,000 marriage contracts which prove that the rate of failing marriages stands at 30 percent. Discussion were heated after he said that the reasons behind the large number of single women in Saudi society are men marrying foreign women and the large dowries in some areas, as well as young men's inability to get married because of current economic circumstances.
He said spinsterhood is a threat the Saudi society faces and sheikhs are trying to stand up to this phenomenon. Some suggested marrying multiple women, while others suggested marrying after taking loans to be paid back in installments.

King Salman urges Iran to junk its expansionist ideology

Updated 21 November 2019

King Salman urges Iran to junk its expansionist ideology

  • Saudi Arabia has suffered from the policies and practices of the Iranian regime and its proxies, king says
  • Kingdom also welcomed US decision to return Iran's Fordow nuclear facility to its sanctions list

RIYADH: Iran should abandon its expansionist ideology that has only “harmed” its own people, Saudi Arabia's King Salman said on Wednesday, following violent street protests in the Islamic republic.

A wave of demonstrations erupted in the sanctions-hit country on Friday after an announcement that petrol prices would be raised by as much as 200 percent with immediate effect.

“We hope the Iranian regime chooses the side of wisdom and realizes there is no way to overcome the international position that rejects its practices, without abandoning its expansionist and destructive thinking that has harmed its own people,” the king told the consultative Shoura Council.

“The kingdom has suffered from the policies and practices of the Iranian regime and its proxies,” King Salman said, quoted by the foreign ministry, reiterating that Riyadh does not seek war but is “ready to defend its people.”

A satellite image from Sept. 15, 2017, of the Fordow nuclear facility in Iran. (Google Earth)

Saudi Arabia has welcomed Washington's decision to return the Fordow nuclear facility in Iran to the sanctions list. 

Washington said on Monday that it will no longer waive sanctions related to Iran’s Fordow nuclear plant after Tehran resumed uranium enrichment at the underground site. 

“The right amount of uranium enrichment for the world’s largest state sponsor of terror is zero ... There is no legitimate reason for Iran to resume enrichment at this previously clandestine site,” US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told reporters earlier this week.