Expat women, for the most part, enjoy a much more relaxed life than the average Saudi woman.If she is not married to a local, an expat woman is not bound by as many religious or social customs of the country, especially not while behind the walls of her compound.

I knew I’d need to have my husband’s permission to travel outside of the country.

But that’s about all I knew, and I thought that with a positive attitude and a reliable driver, those things wouldn’t affect my life. Nothing can really prepare you for life here, especially as a woman. You can speak to women who have moved here for different reasons.

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They don’t matter as much when they’re not a threat to our way of life.Even when my tall, dark, and handsome Saudi walked into the bar where we met, even when this friend of a friend became my lover, then my husband, and the father of my child, I never imagined that his , just outside my heavily curtained window.READ MORE: Doha: My Perfect Day But nearly 10 years after that meeting, here I sit, in the country’s capital, enjoying a nice warm breeze blowing through said curtains on a typical February afternoon.I live like a local, in a large villa in an upper-middle class neighborhood.With my inlaws, I am looked at as an honorary member of their tightly knit family, abiding by the unspoken rules of their culture when I’m in public or when they’re around.In some cases, although the law doesn’t support the practice, a woman cannot receive major medical treatment without the permission of her guardian.