Even when my tall, dark, and handsome Saudi walked into the bar where we met, even when this friend of a friend became my lover, then my husband, and the father of my child, I never imagined that his , just outside my heavily curtained window.
READ MORE: Doha: My Perfect Day But nearly 10 years after that meeting, here I sit, in the country’s capital, enjoying a nice warm breeze blowing through said curtains on a typical February afternoon.
She may enjoy a life that very much resembles the one she had back home, with parties, concerts or plays, and social events with friends or the expat community.
Since I came to Saudi Arabia as the wife of a Saudi citizen, my life resembles something between that of a local and that of an expat.
In some cases, although the law doesn’t support the practice, a woman cannot receive major medical treatment without the permission of her guardian.
The quality of life of a Saudi woman depends entirely on her family, namely the male members.
I leave those cultural rules at the door when I come home, and live my private life just as I would back home.
I socialize like an expat with mostly expat friends who are also married to Saudis.
I never dreamed that my life would someday lead me from hearing about Saudi Arabia on the nightly news to actually living there.The issues facing Saudi women seem a little more relevant to me now, a little more urgent. I am the mother of a spirited, intelligent, and talented half-Saudi girl. She will grow up a witness to the struggles of her fellow Saudi women, but I’ll not raise her to be a victim to those struggles, let her believe that she is limited, or let others tell her that her gender is the reason why she can or cannot do what she wants, say what she believes, or be who she is meant to be.Expats or not, the issues of the countries we call home are our issues too.Restrictions on women In Saudi Arabia, women face several restrictions based entirely on gender.A woman, regardless of age or marital status is required to have a male guardian.