"At some point you'll probably be followed in your car or at the shopping mall," she said.
"I had my bottom pinched in the supermarket on my very first evening in Doha.
Families are the foundation stone of Arab society, and so it follows that the Gulf region is extremely family-friendly.
Make the expat move with a spouse and children in tow, and you’ll slot relatively easily into a life filled with play-dates and school runs, and make friends through both.
Like all of the women we spoke to, she feels that the region is essentially safe, with a few caveats.
"Everyone knows that if they misbehave they can be sent home," she said.
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.
’ No shame in that whatsoever." Although smaller than Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Qatar also have thriving social scenes, but, as Beth Howe pointed out, there’s life outside of the numerous clubs and bars.
"Now is the time to try something you've never done before" she said.
"Many have left their wives and wedding vows in their home countries," she noted, adding that for those who do find a single man to date, the very nature of expat life often leads to heartache.
"The transient nature of this part of the world often leads to relationships ending after a short time, and rather abruptly, and it can all be very painful," she said.