Well, what do girls do when they have a free period at school, even the Arab girls, they talk about boys. So I thought I'll explain the game rules today.
In Europe kids have boyfriends/girlfriends around 13 or 14. The Arab young adults get married at 20, some one or two years younger.
A lot of people still think that Arab girls are forced into a marriage they do not want. In my class there are two engaged girls, but they're 2 years older so they're 19, they are so happy that they're getting married after they're done with school and it's all they talk about. I'd rather study, see the world and work before I settle down but everyone should live their life the way they want it.
As for Bahrain it is a nice thing to get married young, it's customary. It is difficult to explain but it is somehow like everyone in Europe wants to be tanned, but here they want to be married.
The tradition, not religion, of the bride and groom not seeing each other until after the wedding is outdated. But still there are right ways to get to know each other and there are wrong ways.
Well, way number one is: seeing each other at university, work, etc… then the guy proposes to the family and they live happily ever after. The End.
Way number two is: what if prince charming doesn't find his princess by using method number one then he dates but we call them interviews with possible candidates at her house or in a restaurant but with company, mostly the sisters of the girl. The guy can choose the girl he likes and can go on another few dates so that they can get to know each other. And who arranges those interviews? Well, its mom's blind dating business.
See it's not that different here but definitely a lot more funny.