Dress In all countries in the region, modesty is the watchword when it comes to dress.Muslim women will feel right at home, but non-Muslims may struggle initially with the adjustment."Meeting single men for dating is easy, but finding the right one is hard," she said."I'd only recommend living in the Gulf if you would be happy not to meet anyone to marry here.’ 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.
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.The more covered I was, the more comfortable I felt.People are not used to seeing bare arms and legs – they stare for novelty, much more, I think, than to be sleazy, which westerners often don't understand." Accommodation Most of the women we spoke to said that although living alone was a perfectly safe and acceptable option, they felt happier finding a flatmate.Firstly – should those considering a move be worried about their safety?Liana Liston, an accountant based in Dubai, believes not.However, the same can’t be said for sleepy Muscat, according to Serena Evans, who lived in Oman for three years. The only way to spice things up is to abandon your British stiff upper lip."It’s a little like Groundhog Day – which one of the five bars shall we go to tonight? I heard one person saying to a complete stranger ‘I need some friends, I just got here, fancy going for a drink?"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."But like anywhere, if you're going to get drunk, just make sure you and your friends look after each other.Although rape is very rare statistically, the woman is also sometimes accused in rape cases in the UAE, so it may be higher than reported." Beth Howe, a British journalist who lived in Qatar for four years, argued that while the rate of assaults is quite low, harassment is fairly common.