Around 90% of the population are Sunni Muslim while the remainder are predominantly Shia, although other faiths are also represented including Christianity and Hinduism.
Although Arabic is the official language, English is widely spoken, especially in business, and is a compulsory second language in schools.
“All my friends are talking to boys on social media,” said a 23-year-old woman who described meeting a former boyfriend through Facebook.
Their relationship evolved into secret excursions in his vehicle and steamy encounters, she said.
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Before the Internet era, men would hang for-sale signs displaying their telephone numbers on their vehicles with the actual intention of propositioning female callers.
Sparsely populated, its 31 million inhabitants are predominantly young and highly urbanised with over 80% living in towns and cities such as Jeddah and Riyadh, the extensively modernised capital.
Saudi Arabia is also home to more than 10 million foreigners who have relocated for work, including over 100,000 European and North American expatriates.
Because of the sensitivity of the topic, she and other people interviewed for this article spoke on the condition of anonymity.
Even though her mother has tried to introduce her to men in more traditional ways, she prefers courtship on social media. “I don’t want to be pushed into a relationship with a stranger.” [Saudi Arabia is reeling from falling oil prices.
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