Saudi men banned from marrying Pakistani women

New law also bars men from marrying women from Bangladesh, Chad and Burma

Web Desk August 06, 2014

Saudi Arabia has imposed a new law banning Saudi men from marrying women from Pakistan, Bangladesh, Chad and Burma, Morocco World News reported.

The law also imposes restrictive rules on men marrying Moroccan women.

Quoting Saudi daily Makkah newspaper, the report states that “Saudis will not be able to marry citizens of four nationalities,” naming Pakistan, Bangladesh, Burma and Chad as the four nations.

The director of Makkah police, Major General Assaf Qureshi told the Saudi paper that marriage requests from outside Saudi Arabia are made through official procedures under very strict terms. One of the restrictions is that the age gap between the couple cannot exceed 25 years.

In order to marry outside the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), Saudis must submit an application to a government committee and wait for their approval or rejection. The applications can take a long time to be processed.

The government has not given any official statement clarifying the new restrictions on marrying foreigners.


Qasim | 7 years ago | Reply I am Saudi and live in Saudi Arabia. The Saudi government banning Saudis marriage to Pakistani girls is not meant to offend Any one, but due to abuses by some Saudi citizens that turns to very bitter family disputes. Additionally, many Saudi girls can not get married as a result of allowing citezens marry muslim Pakistani girls. This is not an offense to Pakistani sisters and not to be understood as racial discrimination. The other fact that Arabs or Saudis look to Pakistanis downward is not true in the racial context. The majority of the Asian workers (Indians, Pakistanis, Bangladishes, ...etc) are low education and do not have much knowledge of the Arab culture. This causes a lot of cultural conflicts and misconceptions resulting in stereotype similar to some of the comments that I can see here.
Saudi | 7 years ago | Reply

Wow! the amount of hatred here is unbelievable. I'm Saudi Arabian woman and ofc against this rule for the simple reason that this is personal matter and shouldn't be banned I still can't figure out why I heard that it's because there are higher numbers of males marrying from outside but it doesn't make sense to me because Saudi women are choosing to stay single by themselves besides banning marriage certain nationalities doesn't solve the issue in fact that's absolutely uncalled for and violates basic human rights but you people are acting as if we made these rules or vote for it! We live in a total monarchy, just remember that before bashing us as a nation and here i thought Pakistanis don't hate us and we're friends. As for racism well, yeah some people are racist you can't do much those who are racist with south Asians because they're poor tend to be racist with other Saudis as well for the same exact reason sadly. But if your house is made of glass don't throw stones on others, look at your comments people!

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