Latest figures from the Sharia Documentation Department at the Ministry of Justice shows that there were over 11,000 men in Kuwait who had two wives. In addition, 700 were married to three women, and a relatively smaller number of 94 Kuwaitis had four wives, the maximum allowed under religious law.

Elaborating on the polygamy figures, Director of Sharia Documentation Department, Dr. Fahd Al-Dhaen, pointed out that the first five years of marriage could spell danger for the couples, as during this period the spouses have still to reach the level of relations where they are willing to compromise.

He also noted that there was an increase in marriages between Kuwaitis during 2021, with the marriage registry at the ministry showing that 11,363 couples tied the proverbial knot last year, an uptick of 16.5 percent from a year earlier.

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