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Marriage contracts by country of citizenship of spouses (2012)

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Country of citizenship  Saudi spouse Non-Saudi spouse Total
Saudi spouse Non-Saudi groom Non-Saudi bride The qadî (judge) represents the female’s guardian*  Non-Saudi spouse
of spouse Non-Saudi bride Saudi bride
Saudi Arabia 142.132           142.132
UAE 112 6 0 0 38 156
Kuwait 375 25 2 1 18 421
Bahrain 20 8 0 0 15 43
Oman 11 3 0 0 5 19
Qatar 307 13 0 0 4 324
Egypt 62 111 1 0 516 690
Sudan 12 23 0 0 241 276
Palestine 65 133 1 0 776 975
Yemen 544 1.182 12 2 3.582 5.322
Jordan 53 88 1 0 504 646
Lebanon 10 16 1 0 66 93
Syria 120 199 3 1 1.164 1.487
Iraq 9 23 0 0 12 44
Morocco 6 77 3 0 57 143
Algeria 2 2 0 0 5 9
Tunisia 2 3 0 0 5 10
Mauritania 6 19 0 0 63 88
Djibouti 0 3 0 0 15 18
India 7 9 8 0 264 288
Sri Lanka 0 0 6 0 12 18
Philippines 1 9 218 11 222 461
Thailand 3 4 0 0 43 50
Bangladesh 17 27 2 0 457 503
Turkey 3 11 3 1 43 61
Afghanistan 17 55 3 0 631 706
Indonesia 3 23 2 0 51 79
Malaysia 0 0 0 0 4 4
Burma 15 23 2 0 1.368 1.408
Turkestan 13 4 0 0 29 46
Pakistan 72 135 6 0 1.560 1.773
Mali 12 12 0 0 105 129
Erythrea 3 3 4 1 244 255
Ethiopia 2 14 8 0 146 170
Kenya 0 0 1 0 7 8
Nigeria 28 47 0 0 249 324
Burkina Faso 2 0 0 0 3 5
Chad 3 5 1 0 93 102
Europe 1 2 0 0 17 20
U.K. 3 4 1 0 39 47
USA 5 6 7 0 35 53
Others 149 256 4 47 409 865
Total 142.132 2.075 2.583 300 64 13.117 160.271

Source: Ministry of Justice

 

ANNEXED NOTE

 

1. Definition

 

In an Islamic marriage, the formal consent of the bride’s male guardian in mandatory.

In the absence of the guardian, the judge (qâdi) takes responsibility.

 

2. Institution which provides data

 

Ministry of Justice (MoJ)

 

3. Data availability

 

As of mid-2013, MoJ has issued 37 Annual statistical abstracts.

Years 1431, 1432 and 1433 (H) (circa 2010; 2011; 2012 (AD)) are available online in PdF format and can be downloaded from:

https://www.moj.gov.sa/

date of access: September 2013

 

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