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Girls of Riyadh

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Girls of Riyadh by Rajaa AlsaneaMany years ago I received an unexpected marriage proposal from a man I’d met just a couple of hours earlier. My speedy admirer was an outrageously handsome Saudi Arabian working for an international oil company.

“I’ve never met anyone like you before” he said, and I thought to myself, “Yep, I can totally believe that”.

“Marry me and come to Saudi, you’ll never have to work again and I’ll brew alcohol in the bath for you”.

It’s not every day you get an offer like that; a good looking meal-ticket and a life of luxury and constant sunshine. However, there was one big thing standing in the way; my utter dislike and contempt for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, one of the worst examples of a country with no rights for women. So it was a clear case of ‘Thanks but no thanks’.

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