It is also illegal to live together or have sex without being married.
This means that sought-after institutions, including the first two featured here, have grown very large and competition for places is intense.
With 4,500 pupils covering the kindergarten to the sixth form spread across two campuses, and plans to grow to 5,500 by 2015, it is the largest school yet featured in any country in this series. The school’s size means that, as its head Julian Whiteley admits, it will not be suitable for every child: pupils need a certain amount of independent motivation.
However, the school also prides itself on ensuring that individual pupils get attention, including through form tutors.
Having said this, dating is common here and dating practices are mostly similar to those in other countries; the biggest difference is that modern dating behavior needs to be balanced with the more conservative Arabic norms of socially acceptable behavior.
According to Islamic Sharia law, it is illegal for men and women to date in the same way as is normal in Western cultures, unless they are married.