Dating a handsome, exotic, and energetic Arab man is a fantasy for many western women.
From my experience, Arab dating culture is very different from other countries, and there are a few things you should first know about Arabic dating etiquette.
Don’t fret because, in this article, you’ll learn all about the following:
- What to expect when dating an Arabic man
- Stereotypes about Arabic men
- How to tell if an Arab man likes you
- How to keep an Arab man happy
- Where to meet Arabic guys
- Do you have to convert to Islam when dating an Arab guy?
Let’s dive into the Arab dating world.
What to Expect When Dating an Arab Guy
Dating an Arab guy can be like walking into uncharted territory. There are a number of things about the Arab culture and dating customs that may surprise you. Here are a few things to keep in mind when you are dating an Arab guy.
Arab guys are very family-oriented
That means the family will always be a top priority for your Arab guy. He will want to spend time with his family and will likely be very close to them.
Arab guys can be very protective of their women
It is something that you will need to get used to if you are dating an Arab guy. He may want to protect you from harm and will likely be very overprotective.
Arabic guys can be very passionate
This means that when it comes to dating an Arab guy, you will need to be prepared for some intense moments. He may want to passionately kiss you or even make love to you.
Arab men can be very possessive
This is something that you should get prepared for if you are dating an Arab guy. He may want to keep you all to himself and will likely be quite possessive.
Stereotypes About Arab Men
Western media has portrayed Middle Eastern and Arab men as abusive, jealous, and manipulating, so there are many misconceptions about them.
Here are the most common stereotypes about Arab men.
Arab men are jealous and controlling
In Middle Eastern and Arab countries, men are generally instructed to look out for and care for the women in their lives. Because of this, I think that what many people mistakenly interpret as an Arab male being possessive or envious is just a desire to guard and care for the women they hold dear.
Arab men expect their women to become housewives
In Middle Eastern countries, men are traditionally expected to support women financially and provide for the family. Women, on the other hand, are expected to be housewives. That may be perceived negatively by Western women raised by two working parents in a Western country, while in Middle Eastern countries, this is a norm.
Arab men are secretive
Arab males and Arabs, in general, are sometimes stereotyped as being secretive. When we meet someone who isn’t immediately open, we often assume they are hiding something because, in the West, many individuals are outgoing and tend to overshare everything (especially in the age of social media).
Arab men are violent
Unfortunately, this misconception is damaging and incredibly pervasive. Arab men, particularly Muslim Arab men, are frequently characterized as abusive. It’s crucial to remember that abusive people and men can come from any culture, race, religion, or nationality. Ultimately, it all depends on the particular person and their upbringing.
Arab men demand their wives to convert to Islam
Any Muslim will tell you that religion does not impose any kind of forced submission. Islamic law permits Muslim men to wed Muslim, Christian, or Jewish women, even though some cultures and families may urge or demand that their sons date Muslim women only.
How to Tell if an Arab Man Likes You
Here’s a list of signs that tell you if an Arab guy is into you.
He dresses up for you
To impress a potential girlfriend, an Arab guy will put a lot of effort into his looks and appearance. So don’t freak out if he shows up in a tuxedo for what’s supposed to be a casual date. It clearly shows that he likes you and wants to impress you.
He talks about his wealth
As I mentioned earlier, Arab guys are traditionally expected to support women financially and provide for the family. So If he brags about his assets and wealth, it’s his way of telling you that he is mature and takes your potential relationship seriously.
He works on himself
Arab men are very competitive when it comes to getting the women they like. If a lot of guys are coming after you, he will do his best to stay on top of the competition. Whether it’s learning a new skill or changing his looks, he will find ways to improve himself to show you he’s the best man for you.
He teaches you his culture
When it comes to their culture and heritage, Arab men are very proud. If he teaches you his language, takes you to the celebrations, and shows you his way of living, his love for you. Likewise, he will want to learn everything about your language and culture.
He flirts with you
When an Arab man wants to get the girl he likes, he will show his interest clearly and won’t shy away from getting her heart. If you attract his interest, rest assured you won’t ever feel neglected, as he will put you on a pedestal.
How to Keep an Arab Man Happy?
First and foremost, it is important to understand that there is no one “right” way to keep an Arab man happy. Every man is different and will have different things that make him happy. However, some general tips can help keep an Arab man happy in a relationship.
Some things that may make an Arab man happy include being treated with respect, being listened to and valued, and feeling like he is an integral part of the relationship. It is also important to show appreciation for what he does for you and make sure that he feels loved and needed. There are many ways to show these things, so it is important to communicate with your partner and figure out what will work best for you both.
With that said, here are some general tips on how to keep an Arab man happy:
Communicate with your partner
This is one of the most important things you can do in any relationship, but it is essential for Arab men. Make sure you are open and honest with him about your feelings and what you want out of the relationship. If you are uncomfortable talking about certain things, it is best to avoid them altogether. Remember, communication is key in any relationship!
Show appreciation for the things he does for you
An Arab man will often go above and beyond for his partner, so it is important to show appreciation for everything he does. A simple “thank you” can go a long way!
Make sure that he feels loved and needed
Arab men often feel like they need to be needed to be happy, so it is important to make sure that he feels loved and appreciated. Compliment him often, show physical affection, and tell him how much you care about him.
Respect his culture and traditions
One of the best ways to show your Arab man that you love and appreciate him is to respect his culture and traditions. Learn as much as possible about his culture and try incorporating some of its customs into your life. That will show him that you are interested in him and value his culture.
Arab men can often be very slow to open up, so it is important to be patient with them. They may not share their feelings with you immediately, but they will eventually come around if you are patient and understanding.
Where to Meet Arab Guys
There are two quite obvious ways of meeting Arab men – online dating and meeting them in Arab countries. Let’s start with the first option.
Online dating in Arab countries and Middle East
Most Middle Easterners with similar cultural backgrounds aim to find a companion who shares their religion and views on life as a Muslim. Over 7 million people use Muslima.com, which has assisted thousands of users in finding their soul mates. The site is focused on marriage and encourages singles to fulfill half of their Islamic faith by using the provided dating service to find their ideal partner.
The website separates accounts into three categories based on their membership package:
Although using the Standard account is free, the Gold and Platinum subscriptions provide more features, such as message translations and match communication for the Premium plan.
The advantages of this website are that it includes everything you could need if your only goal is to find a Muslim spouse. The drawback for some may be that there is no app for iOS available.
ArabianDate is a well-known website in the online dating community. It was launched in 1993 and offers services in more than 32 countries. It has just enough fancy features to keep you engaged but not enough to detract from your main goal of finding the ideal date.
Given how simple it is to sign up, there might be a lot of fraudulent accounts, especially created by site partners hoping to trick you into buying credits so you can chat with them. So, be cautious while choosing which profiles to spend your chat credits on.
An app is available for Android users, while access on Apple devices is possible via a web browser. And if you have any questions, they provide a hotline, email address, and live chat option for you to contact them directly.
Meeting men in Arab countries
Since Arab people are an ethnic group, not a nationality, you can meet Arab men in many countries. The Arabs mainly live in the Arab world in the Middle East, Western Asia, and North Africa. Some countries are safer to visit than others, so here are the best countries and cities where you can meet Arab men:
- Alexandria, Cairo, Giza, and Port Said in Egypt
- Algiers in Algeria
- Casablanca, Fez, Marrakesh, and Tangier in Morocco
- Tunis in Tunisia
The Middle East and Western Asia
- Abu Dhabi, Dubai in the United Arab Emirates
- Adana, Ankara, Antalya, Bursa, Istanbul, Izmir in Turkey
- Amman in Jordan
- Beirut in Lebanon
- Doha in Qatar
- Tehran in Iran
Do You Have to Convert to Islam When Dating an Arab Guy?
That is a widespread misconception concerning Arab men. First of all, linking Islam and Arabs is unfair because being Arab doesn’t mean being Muslim. Moreover, many Arab men are atheists or come from different religious backgrounds.
These days, it is uncommon to find an Arab male who demands his wife to convert to Islam, particularly among international Arab guys who have been residing abroad for a long time. You don’t need to be concerned about your man forcing you to become familiar with his religion. It is extremely rare for someone to be forced to convert. And if it does happen, it just proves you’re in a toxic relationship.
A Final Word on Dating Arab Men
The men we adore and cherish, your funny relatives, your wise preacher, and your overbearing father, are the ones who raise Arabic men. So, don’t be duped by myths and preconceptions!
An Arab lover is passionate, romantic, and willing to fight for their love. Go ahead and have the best dating experience with your Arab guy!