Internet dating services and chat rooms have allowed people in Kuwait to get to know each other before meeting as well.
People here see the potential to find love through getting to know someone prior to marriage.
Cultural difference, appearance, and varied outlook always make another culture very attractive.
Dating someone outside of your own culture has pros and cons.
On the upside, it is interesting and there is always something to talk about.
Perhaps arranged marriages allow for an "up front" look of what the man is thinking, but it is no guarantee.
Kuwaiti women face their own problems: Criteria such as determining if a man is from a suitable family; if he has a suitable job; if he has been married before; bedu or hather, Shiite or Sunni, inside or outside the gate.
Most Western women living alone anywhere will tell you that they won't allow anyone into their homes without determining that he is not an axe murderer first; or at least that he won't show up at your door drunk at 3 am and wake the neighbors (as happened when I first moved into a non-secure building in Salwa years ago).
Wouldn't it be easier if you could just find out from the beginning?
Some men may opt to marry first, then announce; but then probably at the loss of the big wedding with the beautiful gown and all the flowers and with no guarantee of a smooth transition into the family.
Dating is complicated in the Moslem world by the fact that Moslems aren't supposed to date.
You meet someone you like, you fall in love, you may or may not ever meet his friends; depending on weather his family is open minded or not, you may or may not ever date in public, you may or may not meet the family until (if you get this far) the man announces to them that he plans to marry you.
Then, what happens if the family doesn't agree or worse: World War III erupts and potential-mother-in-law suddenly develops a "near" fatal heart condition?
The man's mother usually has the right to make the final selection of an appropriate daughter-in-law.