Unlike her career, Fadila’s love life has been a string of disappointments. “They think you’re bad because you go out with them and make out with them,” she laments. Then the respective fathers and brothers gathered in Fadila’s home, which is when she first met and assessed her future fiance.“My friends say, ‘If you like him, don’t let him touch you.’” So about six months ago, her heart aching, Fadila gave up and decided to do the unthinkable. Finally, the mothers got together to drink tea and check each other out.
Fadila, 29, an accountant, has been looking for love in all the wrong places since she was a teenager.
Early on, her beguiling smile had boys asking for her telephone number.
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — The course of true love never did run smooth.
While applicable the world over, Shakespeare’s words are particularly true in swiftly changing Saudi Arabia.
Fadila sometimes complied, but often gave a wrong number to prevent gossip.
One day a boy tracked her down and left a note on her older brother’s windshield, she says.Then she channels her father and says: “Why would you date — where does this go?” It is both a blessing and curse that Lulwa is not searching for a partner in her native Riyadh.“They said, ‘If you sign, we’ll take you home and not tell your parents.’ Instead they took me to jail.” Her mother and brother got her released the next day, and the episode has been kept secret from everybody else except her best friend.Fadila is lucky — experiences like hers have cost other women their lives.“Change has come to Saudi Arabia.” Much of Waleed’s "love relationship" with his girlfriend has taken place online.