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Qatari Divorcees and Widows More Likely to Marry

This caught my eye for a couple reasons – one of which is that Qatar has the second largest divorce rate after Kuwait. Second, while it is mentioned in the article, it is not mentioned at the end that the women have other options in Kuwait and Qatar, are more able to care for themselves financially, and are not bound to stay in unhappy marriages for reasons of financial dependency.

It is delightful to think that one unhappy marriage while young will not doom a still-young woman to a life of celibacy. 🙂

More Qataris tying the knot with divorcees and widows
Web posted at: 8/11/2009 2:41:41
Source ::: The Peninsula / By MOHAMED SAEED

DOHA: Qatar has the second largest divorce rate in the Gulf region after Kuwait, but a welcome development has been that now an increasing number of citizens prefer to marry divorcees and young widows.

Qatar being a conservative society, marrying divorcees and widows has been a taboo of sorts.So, since the largest number of divorcees is in the age group of 20 to 29 years, their remarriage is a healthy sign.

In 1986, for example, divorcees under 20 years of age accounted for 15 percent of the total. Their proportion has been declining and was down to 6.4 percent in 2007.

Studies conducted by the Permanent Population Committee (PPC) show the number of marriages breaking up in the country has risen from just 308 in 1986 to nearly a 1,000 in 2007.

And although the population of locals has also gone up in this period, the rates of marriage and divorce have risen at a larger rate than the population increase.

It is also interesting to note that nearly 85 percent of weddings ending into divorce are first marriages. In other words, a husband taking a second, third or even fourth wife has never been the cause for a wedlock to end.

With women having increasing access to education and employment, the number of married Qatari females asking for divorce (‘khula’ in Arabic) has been on the rise. The share of such divorces in the total is on an average between 16 and 23 percent.

The studies note that financial independence of educated women has much to do with the rise in the phenomenon.

And as for male citizens marrying young divorcees and widows, the number of such marital knots had increased to nearly 300 in 2007 as compared to barely 29 in 1986.

Among the Arab countries, Egypt and Syria have the lowest divorce rates, suggest the studies.

They point to erosion of social values, modern living, fading influence of families, as the major factors behind the rising incidence of divorce in Qatar. 

August 11, 2009 - Posted by | Cultural, Doha, ExPat Life, Family Issues, Financial Issues, Kuwait, Living Conditions, Marriage, Mating Behavior, Qatar, Values, Women's Issues


  1. Interesting subject. This development is not surprising, of course. It seems a “natural” development that when a society anywhere becomes more open and the people more educated that divorce increases because women have options in the society other than staying in an unhappy marriage. Glad to see that in Qatar the men and society in general are becoming more accepting and that re-marriage is on the rise. Happiness is good!

    Comment by Miss Footloose | August 11, 2009 | Reply

  2. Intlxpatr ; Do you know What kind of state financial assistance given to qatari men / women when they get married ??And does it apply to second marriages as well ??

    Comment by daggero | August 11, 2009 | Reply

  3. Miss Footloose, I heard that in the USA, divorces have dropped dramatically because it is cheaper to stay married, and more people are working things out because of hard times economically. Serious crime is also dropping in many cities. Go figure.

    I do not know, Daggero, good question. Maybe there is a financial incentive. It was interesting to me that they spelled out 85% of the marriages ending in divorce are first marriages, not due to husband taking a second, third or fourth wife. They say “it has never been a cause for a wedlock to end.” My antennae go up any time I see the words “always” or “never.” 😉

    Comment by intlxpatr | August 11, 2009 | Reply

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  5. “In other words, a husband taking a second, third or even fourth wife has never been the cause for a wedlock to end.” NEVER? This is the part that caught my eye, also! Interesting conclusion from the quoted statistic!

    Comment by grammy | August 12, 2009 | Reply

  6. Sort of non sequitor, eh? 😉

    Comment by intlxpatr | August 12, 2009 | Reply

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    Comment by kingsley | October 19, 2013 | Reply

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      Comment by Riz | December 26, 2015 | Reply

  8. even fourth wife has never been the cause for a wedlock to end.”

    Comment by Youssif Aziz | December 1, 2014 | Reply

    • Hmmm, Youssif Aziz, unless the contract stated “no additional wives” and the groom neglects to inform his first wife that he is taking another . . .

      No problems with inheritance, either, or jealousy between wives and siblings?

      Comment by intlxpatr | December 3, 2014 | Reply

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    Comment by Salim | September 10, 2015 | Reply

  11. I want to get in touch with the widows in Qatar contact me plizz I have no problem with marrying a divorced woman so long as she needz love my mail is am here in Doha I will be happy but I just love the development

    Comment by Alhassan | September 26, 2015 | Reply

  12. Asalam Aleykum my name sule I’m looking for a widow

    Comment by Sule | October 12, 2016 | Reply



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