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Segregated Saudis Flirt Via Bluetooth

Monty Solomon (
Sun, 14 Aug 2005 14:07:53 -0400

The Associated Press

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia -- The restaurant, like all Riyadh eateries, has
taken precautions to prevent its male and female diners from seeing or
contacting each other.

Circular white walls surround each table in the family section, open
only to women alone or women accompanied by close male relatives.
Other male diners are on lower floors.

Yet despite the barriers, the men and women flirt and exchange phone
numbers, photos and kisses.

They elude the mores imposed by the kingdom's puritanical Wahhabi
version of Islam _ formulated in the 18th century _ by using a 21st
century device in their mobile phones: the wireless Bluetooth
technology that permits users to connect without going through the
phone company.

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