Saudi Arabia is introducing compulsory medical tests for couples before they can marry.
From November 4, the beginning of the Islamic calendar, men and women will undergo tests for common diseases and epidemics, Arab News reported.
The results will be recorded on an electronic database and shared between the Ministry of Health and other authorities such as the Ministry of Justice, which will be responsible for ensuring couples comply with the new rule.
Council of Health Services secretary general Yacoub bin Youssef Al-Mazroua said the tests would ensure “healthy marriages”.
A high proportion of Saudi marriages are arranged according to family names and social status.
It is not uncommon for couples to have had little interaction before they wed.