One-wife rule hits Arab homeowners in Turkey

arab man w 4 wivesPolygamous Arab men have been attempting to bring all four of their wives to Turkey after buying a house in the country, giving a headache to the Turkish authorities, which can only give a residence permit to one wife.

The Ministry of Environment and Urban Affairs are now reported to be working on a new regulation to resolve this issue, in response to  demands by Muslim Arabs .

“Many Arab men say they want to buy a house in Turkey, but also ask for help from us to bring all of their wives,” said the chairman of Demir Construction, Hamit Demir.

“The existing law in Turkey, which only offers work permits to only one wife for foreigners, discourages many Arabs from buying houses in Turkish cities,” Demir added.

The demand has been rising for real estate in Turkey among Arabs, specifically after the Reciprocity Law went into effect, increasing the minimum stay for foreigners to one year from three months.

Polygamous Arabs are, however, having difficulties in obtaining residence permits for all of their wives in Turkey, where polygamy is not legal.

According to the existing law, foreigners must apply once a year to get the temporary permit for eight years. Then they are able to apply for a permanent residence permit only after eight years of their residency in Turkey. This is also the case for their (one) spouse.

Saudi Arabians most prominent

Saudi Arabians in particular want to bring all of their wives to Turkey, sector representatives said, adding that such demands are on the rise. Saudis ranked top of the list of the Arabs who bought houses in Turkey in the first 10 months of the year, with approximately 773 properties sold to Saudis. They were followed by Iraqis, Kuwaitis, UAE citizens and Jordanians.

Overall, around 15,000 foreigners acquired 21,691 houses in Turkey in the first 10 months of the year. The highest demand came from Russia, Germany and Britain, but sales to Arabs will surpass all others when the latest sales are officially declared, according to sector representatives.

“I believe Arabs should not have a problem in coming to Turkey,” said the chairman of Ağaoğlu Group, Ali Ağaoğlu, who has sold over $800 million worth of real estate to foreigners up to now.

Such an easing in procedures could, however, disturb Turkish people, according to Ferhat Bakgör, chairman of Bak Construction, which develops property projects in Istanbul for rich Arabic families.

“Turkish people have not yet become comfortable with living with Arab people in same apartment blocks. They will feel worse if Arab men come to Turkey to live with all their wives,” he said.

Hurriyet Daily News Turkey

  • Reasonableman

    One day inshaa allah

    • Constantin7

      The Turkish people hates the Arabs and does not want anything to do with them. For this reason they changed their alphabet from Arabic to Latin at the time of Ataturk (in the 1920s). If they are accomodating the Arabs for the moment because of the money and the investments pouring in their country from the Gulf Arabs. Otherwise, they despise the Arabs so much that they are changing all the names of the streets and towns in southern Turkey from Arabic to Turkish. For example, Antakya has a new Turkish name now: Hatay. So don’t have high expectations from this rapprochement with the Turks, MONEY is the name of this temporary game !

      • Reasonableman

        I meant me one day standing infront of four wives lol, but thanks.

        • Constantin7

          Really !!!? Eh… Inchallah for you ! look at the picture in this article…these brides look gorgeous !!! I wish you beautiful gorgeous brides like these….lolllll

          • Did you hear about the new divorce barbie doll? it comes with all of kens stuff :)P

          • Peaceforleb

            Lol

          • 5thDrawer

            Not much to split among four in this case. 😉

        • Peaceforleb

          You and me both Reasonable. Lol what a way to go

  • Reasonableman

    One day inshaa allah

    • Constantin7

      The Turkish people hates the Arabs and does not want anything to do with them. For this reason they changed their alphabet from Arabic to Latin at the time of Ataturk (in the 1920s). If they are accomodating the Arabs for the moment because of the money and the investments pouring in their country from the Gulf Arabs. Otherwise, they despise the Arabs so much that they are changing all the names of the streets and towns in southern Turkey from Arabic to Turkish. For example, Antakya has a new Turkish name now: Hatay. So don’t have high expectations from this rapprochement with the Turks, MONEY is the name of this temporary game !

      • Reasonableman

        I meant me one day standing infront of four wives lol, but thanks.

        • Constantin7

          Really !!!? Eh… Inchallah for you ! look at the picture in this article…these brides look gorgeous !!! I wish you beautiful gorgeous brides like these….lolllll

          • Did you hear about the new divorce barbie doll? it comes with all of kens stuff :)P

          • Peaceforleb

            Lol

          • 5thDrawer

            Not much to split among four in this case. 😉

        • Peaceforleb

          You and me both Reasonable. Lol what a way to go

  • libnan1

    There you go four hot looking chicks …. Taking picture of who? I wonder 5 years from now if they can tell who was in the picture….

    • Hannibal

      lol

    • 5thDrawer

      One being naughty too … showing a rather wide running shoe. 😉

  • libnan1

    There you go four hot looking chicks …. Taking picture of who? I wonder 5 years from now if they can tell who was in the picture….

    • Hannibal

      lol

    • 5thDrawer

      One being naughty too … showing a fat running shoe. 😉

  • libnan1

    One massive orgy is about to happen in Turkey.

  • libnan1

    One massive orgy is about to happen in Turkey.

  • Maborlz Ez-Hari

    Whats the point of the picture being taken? I just dont get it…………
    Black cotton sheets do it for who?

    • 5thDrawer

      It’s the annual ‘Company Christmas Picture’. :-))) For example, my dentist sends one each year.
      ‘All my workers send regards’ … ‘wish you a happy …’ :-))))
      What the Turks don’t like is the BOSS laying around in the apartment lobby all day waiting for those ‘prayer moments’ so he can spread his carpet in front of the elevator doors.
      Figures that the Real Estate guys are pushing for MORE PEOPLE …. that’s the same everywhere … would sell their mothers if they could.
      Pump up the sales.
      Later on they will bitch when prices drop ….

  • Maborlz Ez-Hari

    Whats the point of the picture being taken? I just dont get it…………
    Black cotton sheets do it for who?

    • 5thDrawer

      It’s the annual ‘Company Christmas Picture’. :-))) For example, my dentist sends one each year.
      ‘All my workers send regards’ … ‘wish you a happy …’ :-))))
      What the Turks don’t like is the BOSS laying around in the apartment lobby all day waiting for those ‘prayer moments’ so he can spread his carpet in front of the elevator doors.
      Figures that the Real Estate guys are pushing for MORE PEOPLE …. that’s the same everywhere … would sell their mothers if they could.
      Pump up the sales.