Seven divorce cases per hour in Saudi Arabia, what are the causes?

Divorce cases have increased in GCC countries. Everywhere the question arose as to what were the causes.

According to newspaper 24, experts say that there are more than twenty reasons for the increasing number of divorces in the Gulf countries.

Saudi Arabia has a record seven divorces every hour. In the Sultanate of Oman, 18,000 marriages took place while 3.7 thousand divorces were recorded.

In Bahrain, more than 5,000 marriages took place in 2019, while more than 2,000 divorces took place. The UAE is an exception to this rule. Where the incidence of divorce has not increased.

The Saudi Statistics Department said in a statement that seven divorces were recorded every hour in Saudi Arabia. Three out of ten marriages result in divorce. This means that one-third of marriages are failing.

The statistics department says that divorce cases caused a financial loss of more than 3.5 billion riyals in a year. This estimate is based on the fact that a wedding costs around 60,000 riyals.

The National Statistics Center in the Sultanate of Oman reported that during 2019, there were 18,243 marriages and 3,728 divorces in the country. This means that during the last five years, the marriage rate in the Sultanate of Oman has reached its lowest level, while the increasing number of divorces suggests that more than ten divorces are taking place every day.

Bahrain’s Ministry of Justice and Islamic Affairs said that during 2019, 5.5 thousand marriages were recorded and more than 2,000 divorces took place. In 2018, there were about 6,000 marriages and 1,000 divorces on record. This shows that the divorce rate in Bahrain is more than 40% higher than the marriage rate.

UAE official sources say the country’s divorce rate fell by 51.4% in the first six months of 2020. These figures are for couples whose parties were from the UAE. As far as the divorce between non-Emirati and Emirati couples is concerned, it decreased by 36.1%.

According to the Dubai Statistics Center, the divorce rate in Dubai has dropped by 35% in the last four years. These figures are between 2016 and 2019.

The divorce rate per 1,000 emirates was 3.76% in 2016 – down to 2.44% in 2019.

The Kuwaiti Ministry of Justice released a survey stating that there were 8.9 thousand divorces in 2020 and 7.5 thousand in 2018. 1331 more divorces.
Qatar’s Planning and Statistics Agency says the number of marriages and divorces has dropped. According to official figures, the number of marriages among Qatari nationals and expatriates has dropped by 38%, while the number of divorces among local citizens and expatriates has dropped by 75% on an annual basis.

Experts say that there are more than twenty reasons for divorce, the most notable of which are misbehavior, financial situation, sexual perversion, and marital discord.

Notable causes of divorce include interference from relatives, alcoholism, domestic violence, profitable marriages, differences in customs, inattention, boredom, lack of children, doubt, honor, and injustice in the case of multiple marriages.

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