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Middle eastern dating rituals

The reason is mainly because Middle Eastern traditions and religious customs do not support this.

To be sure, the core cultural concerns about dating and sex remain.

Tourists do not share the same rights over Jordanian culture. Outward appearance is the one facet of interaction between locals and Western tourists most open to misunderstandings on both sides.

A lot of tourists, male and female, consistently flout simple dress codes, unaware of just how much it widens the cultural divide and demeans them in the eyes of local people.

Upstairs couples mingle on the balcony where it's not uncommon to see a pair steal more than just a friendly kiss.

This is the scene of the new, trendy Middle East, where (for a small group) sex before marriage is possible.

As you travel through the country you will doubtless see dozens of tourists breaking these taboos (and others), sometimes unwittingly, sometimes deliberately. Jordan is a relatively liberal society and there are no Saudi-style religious police marching around to throw offenders in jail. Incidentally, you may also see Jordanians acting and dressing less conservatively than we recommend here.

Jordanians would never be so rude as to tell visitors to their country that they are being crass and insensitive; instead, they’ll smile and say, “Welcome to Jordan! That is, of course, their prerogative – to shape, influence or challenge their own culture from within, in whatever ways they choose.

While fundamentalists tend to grab most of the headlines, throughout the region a growing number of young people are breaking with tradition. In Iran, for example, a recent government survey showed that one in four men between the ages of 19 and 29 had sex before marriage.