Lecturer explains how successful marriages stand the test of time

Updated 22 April 2016

Lecturer explains how successful marriages stand the test of time

ALKHOBAR: Divorce rates in the Gulf states only reached 5.5 percent and not 30 percent as claimed, said Hamoud Al-Qashaan, dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences at Kuwait University in a lecture titled “Ways to improve family relationships,” which was held at Sultan bin Abdulaziz Science and Technology Center in Alkhobar.
Al-Qashaan said: “The presence of children in married life is important for its continuation, but they must not be regarded as screws used to keep a marital relationship from collapsing since they only affect the date of separation or divorce.”
He explained that married life goes through three basic and two exceptional stages: The first basic stage is the one in which the couple knows each, other and it lasts from five to seven years. This is followed by the harmony stage in which the couple cooperates in bringing up their children after completing the first stage successfully.
Al-Qashaan said that the third basic stage is the one in which the couple depend on each other, confirming that the couple at this stage becomes similar to each other, even in facial expressions and tone of voice.
These stages are interspersed with two exceptional stages: The quarrels stage which is the most dangerous stage in married life and it comes after the first basic stage; and the thinking stage, or the middle-age crisis, that comes between the second and the third basic stages, i.e. after the age of 37 for women and 42 for men, he said.
Regarding family disputes, Al-Qashaan said that there are various types of disputes which include hidden disputes — such as lack of verbal communication; tangible disputes — such as the obvious dissonance in behaviors; violent disputes within the house; and disputes known by others.
He added that there are several factors which contribute to the weakness of the marital relationship including over-complaining before others, and intolerance between the couple. He stressed that the pillars of love in marriage comprise psychological aspects such as intimacy and respect, biological aspect such as passion and common sense, and social aspects which are responsible for thinking in cases of troubles and disagreements.


Saudi Arabia delays May crude prices until after OPEC+ meeting

Updated 05 April 2020

Saudi Arabia delays May crude prices until after OPEC+ meeting

  • OPEC and allies are due to meet on Thursday to discuss a possible new global crude supply cut

DUBAI: Saudi Aramco will delay the release of its crude official selling prices (OSP) for May until April 10 to wait for the outcome of a meeting between OPEC and its allies regarding possible output cuts, a senior Saudi source familiar with the matter said on Sunday.
"It is an unprecedented measure that has not been taken by Aramco before. May OSPs will depend on how the OPEC+ meeting concludes. We are doing what we can to make it successful, including taking this extraordinary step to delay the OSPs," the Saudi source said.
Saudi Aramco typically issues its OSPs by the 5th of each month, setting the trend for Iranian, Kuwaiti and Iraqi prices and affecting more than 12 million barrels of oil per day bound for Asia.
OPEC and allies are due to meet on Thursday to discuss a possible new global crude supply cut to end a price war between Saudi Arabia and Russia which has prompted US President Donald Trump to intervene.
The Saudi source said that Riyadh wants to avoid a repeat of the outcome of a March meeting where oil talks collapsed between OPEC and allies "due to Russia's lack of cooperation with the rest of OPEC+ participants".
Coordinated cuts between OPEC members and others led by Russia expired on March 31 having helped support crude prices since they began in January 2017.
The OPEC+ meeting was initially due for Monday, but was postponed to April 9 "to allow for more time to reach out to all producers including OPEC+ and others," the Saudi source said.