This report says that "The divorce rate in the UAE has touched 46 per cent, the highest in the AGCC. The divorce rate in Qatar is 38 per cent; it is 35 per cent in Kuwait and 34 per cent in Bahrain"
Why is it this high? I think it's because we're spoiled. plain and simple. And we love ourselves more than we love other people.
A good, productive and stable marriage is built on one's ability to "LOVE" someone else and make sacrifices for them. We in this region as a whole are materialistic and wealthy. Couples get married because marriage is the new "thing to do", it's merely the new toy. Maybe the honeymoon period is the only highlight of the whole affair. Both sides needed intimacy and (Yes,) they needed some good sex, so they get married to do it. There's nothing wrong with that. Infact if there's one good thing this says about our society is that atleast some young people feel that they should "get married first" before "doing it". That's a noble and encouraging thought.
But after the 1st few months? the 1st couple of years?
First sign of trouble, and you see both sides contemplating the "Dee" word. They think "I don't need this.". And rightly so, they really don't need it. Either of them. Both are wealthy, both have high paying jobs, their rooms in their parents' houses are still empty and perhaps are still untouched with their original furniture of the previously "single" boy or girl.
So High Divorce Rate in Kuwait means 2 things:
1- We're too spoiled to want to stay in the marriage team. (Negative)
2- We still respect our Islamic sensibility enough to get married in order to have regular sex. (Positive)
So what will happen to us in umm... say 50 years?
The world will be less dependent on our oil, the oil will become less abundant anyway. We will become poorer in general. Right?
We will have less materialistic "toys" to play with. We will become less spoiled. And I think we will tend to stay committed to our marriages more.
Our men will start actually doing some "work" to earn a living. And less of these jobs will be suited to women, and the women will have less incentive to leave the umbrella of her husband's (modest) financial security.
Just like the stories of our grandfathers and grandmothers, remember those?
Now, is that a bleak picture? I don't think so!
With less material distractions, and with healthier marriages, I only see us becoming happier people.
What do you think about that upside-down logic? :)