Firstly – should those considering a move be worried about their safety?Liana Liston, an accountant based in Dubai, believes not.
Extramarital sexual relationships are illegal in the region, and kissing in public can also land you in trouble. "It’s definitely safe to date, but avoid public displays of affection," advised financial risk manager and TV presenter Rachel Pether, who lives in Abu Dhabi."I would never show my shoulders or my knees in the office.The beach and night clubs are a different matter, but carry a scarf or cardigan in your bag for a quick modesty check for your journey home." Oman is more conservative still, said Serena Evans: "Clothes I thought were appropriate on arrival, I didn't wear six months in."For example, Qatar has an active dive club, or you can take up yoga or have tennis lessons.All of these will make you friends and help you feel socialised." Dating You might be single when you arrive in your new host country, but you might not wish to spend the rest of your life cooking romantic dinners for one.gave female expats pause for thought, demonstrating a – fortunately, rare – dark side to the sunshine lifestyle in the Gulf.
Examples like these inevitably provoke questions, and so we spoke to four women who’ve lived and worked in some of the most popular destinations in the region – the UAE, Qatar and Oman – to find out what life is really like for a single woman living there.
It happens sometimes, but it hasn't happened to me. " Meanwhile, Serena Evans found that tracking down a suitable man in Muscat was "almost impossible".
"There were hardly any single western men in the city," she said. Omani men, on the whole, are happy to date western women but not to take them home to meet the family." Serena also came across many a married man pretending to be single, a point also raised by Beth Howe.
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"Meeting single men for dating is easy, but finding the right one is hard," she said.