Love and dating in modern day egypt

Many couples arrange for photographs in scenic locations, like this couple on the 6th October Bridge, overlooking the lights of downtown Cairo.

The marriage itself may be very simple, consisting only of the imam from the mosque presiding over the marriage contract between the groom and the bride's father, who speaks on behalf of his daughter.

Many families who can afford to send their children to private school.

Wealthier families spend large sums of money, sometimes renting ballrooms at the luxury hotels in Cairo to gather all their family and friends for the festivities, which may be spread out over several days.

Divorce is not very common in Egypt, although it does still happen.

According to Egyptian secular law, both men and women have the right to ask for a divorce.

Traditionally, upon divorce, the father is granted custody of any children, and any dowry paid by the groom to the bride's family must be returned.

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