They say the course of true love never does run smooth, and in today’s fast-moving world it seems as though finding your soulmate can be an impossible task. This could go someway to explaining why more than 7,500 dating sites currently exist worldwide, and why more and more of us are taking our chances at finding our loves online.
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Changing the trend in seeking marriage alliances, the growing popularity of online matrimonial services is also apparent in the UAE, where finding themselves cut off from native moorings and home support systems, many single expats express their dismay at the challenge of finding a partner in the traditional ways, such as at work, an event or through mutual friends.
Add to this the myriad of different cultures, communities, traditions and languages to navigate, it’s safe to say that marriage is quite the minefield in 2019.
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The greatest advantage of working with a matrimonial site is that they have a huge database of both bride and groom profiles, offering a vast number of options to all members. In other words – there are plenty of fish on the web.
Safety is key, too – since the searching happens within the safe portals of the site, you can contact your prospective partner only when you are satisfied they will meet your expectations.
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Unlike your typical dating site, there’s no swiping right through countless options, either – matrimonial sites work with a serious purpose and register only genuine members who are serious about finding their life partners. Hurrah!
Interested? Check out these top three online matrimonial services that operate in the UAE to get started…
Elite Matchmaking Services
Launched by Australian Angelika Lansak in 2007, her first ever client – who ended up marrying her match – was from the Middle East. Boasting ‘successful, global-minded singles’ as clientele, 80 per cent of clients are Muslim, with Angelika pre-selecting all her candidates herself.
Established in 1999, Shaadi is the most popular Indian matrimonial site online, offering free access to a large database of potential marriage candidates of either gender. To date it has facilitated more than 5 million marriages. VIP packages are available for clients who prefer discretion and are arranged by a relationship manager on behalf of the client, with packages including platinum, gold and silver.
The biggest matrimonial service for Keralites, m4marry debuted in the Middle East a decade ago and generally caters to Malayalis across the world. The UAE is its second biggest market after India, with many families involved in the posting process, too.