He gave me his number and assured me he didn't have a wife, something I had to ask since polygamy is legal here.
By our second date I had become a pro at navigating Google Translate as he spoke little English and my Arabic is nonexistent. I asked if he owned any camels and he just stared until I produced a picture. We got looks from native women who attempted to figure out why an African-American expatriate sat with a local guy in traditional garb. Your skin beautiful" while tapping his wrist to show he was complimenting my skin color.
He told Shaikh that he really liked the app and that he wants to get in touch with a couple of the women on it, but having lived in a conservative Muslim family, he said he didn't know how to write an email to a woman he didn't know.
In Omani culture it is looked down upon to date a nonlocal, so he wanted to hide our relationship and we parted ways.That's why he created a website and an app called 24Muslims can sign up and connect with other Muslims either in their own area or else where. And they have made it easier for smart phone-wielding Muslims to connect.At home, "there was no such thing as the words dating or relationships.It was just something that was non-existent," he recalls. "You see your friends, they go out on movie dates and they go to the mall and they hold hands," he says. And this creates a dilemma for young Muslims in search of love.
You meet someone, go out a few times, cohabit without marriage and then have a baby. I have definitely found it hard to date as a single Black professional woman in Amsterdam, but it is no different from the struggle I faced in the U.