Saudis (men) tend "to take their time and converse for a bit when meeting".

online dating in saudi arabia-9

Foreign women are required to wear an abaya, but don't need to cover their hair.

In recent years it is common to wear Western dress underneath the abaya.

These are long white, brown or black cloaks trimmed in gold.

A man's headdress consists of three things: the tagia, a small white cap that keeps the gutra from slipping off the head; the gutra itself, which is a large square of cloth; and the igal, a doubled black cord that holds the gutra in place. The gutra is usually made of cotton and traditionally is either all white or a red and white checked.

Saudi Arabia is the "only modern Muslim state to have been created by jihad, the only one to claim the Quran as its constitution", and the only Arab-Muslim country "to have escaped European imperialism." The many limitations on behaviour and dress are strictly enforced both legally and socially.

Saudi is one of the few countries that have "religious police" (also known as Haia or Mutaween), who patrol the streets "enjoining good and forbidding wrong" by enforcing dress codes, strict separation of men and women, attendance at prayer (salat) five times each day, the ban on alcohol, and other aspects of Sharia (Islamic law) or behavior it believes to be commanded by Islam.

Alcoholic beverages are prohibited, for example, and there is no theatre or public exhibition of films. Five times each day, Muslims are called to prayer from the minarets of mosques scattered throughout the country.

Because Friday is the holiest day for Muslims, the weekend is Friday-Saturday.

Bedouin culture is "actively" preserved by the government..

Greetings in Saudi Arabia have been called "formal and proscribed" and lengthy.

Saudi male strangers), thought by some to be a continuation of the desert tradition of offering strangers hospitality to ensure their survival.