This constitutes sixty-two per cent of the total Arabic-speaking population reported by Ethnologue as first-language Arabic speakers throughout the world.Were the populations speaking Arabic as a secondary language also included, the statistics for Arabic speakers in Africa would be considerably higher than 140 million.When a woman shows some interest, the man begs her not to hang up until they agree to speak again.None of the men indicated that this had led to anything more than a telephone conversation.
The couple, who media reports say have children and used the aliases Magdy and Samira, face up to three years in prison if convicted of facilitating prostitution.
So how do men flirt with women in one of the world’s most conservative countries?
Men have some pretty ingenious (and often illegal) solutions, I learned in my recent survey of 40 Saudi men.
“We receive many complaints from women who want a divorce because their husbands are meeting other women in chat rooms and cheating on their wives.”According to the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics, in 2007 an Egyptian couple files for divorce every six minutes, with a third of marriages in Egypt breaking up in the first year.
Most of the time my clients are facing marital problems, and they come to me when they are on the brink of divorce,” said Abier Barbari, an Egyptian psychologist who has been practicing as a private counselor in Cairo since 2001.