Why don’t cou­ples get to known each other first?

7 Days in Dubai - - DEAR 7 DAYS -

Whilst I un­der­stand that ar­ranged mar­riages are a cul­tural norm in this re­gion, I still don’t get why cou­ples do not take ap­pro­pri­ate time to re­ally get to know each other be­fore com­mit­ting to mar­riage? Surely com­mon sense would pre­vail, and the cou­ple in ques­tion would be al­lowed by their par­ents to get to know one an­other in a quiet and ‘chap­er­oned’ fam­ily set­ting, and then move for­ward with wed­ding plans once the cou­ple are com­fort­able to pro­ceed? Liv­ing with a chain-smoker is a ghastly ex­pe­ri­ence (my own fa­ther smokes like a trooper at home!) and I would have thought that as a non-smoker, the bride in ques­tion here would have checked some­thing so im­por­tant like this in the very be­gin­ning? What a sad sit­u­a­tion here, es­pe­cially for the un­born child, that it’s par­ents may al­ready be di­vorced be­fore it is even born! That’s Life UAE

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