My father had lived in the region before me and he told me that if anyone did something like that, I should make a big fuss – so I yelled!
The man apologised, then ran off." Social life If your chosen destination is Dubai, winter sun destination par excellence, you’re unlikely to be worried that your free time will be dull.
"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.
However, given the Islamic faith of the Gulf states, the whole issue of dating is, inevitably, a tricky one.
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.
"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.
Despite a glut of dates (40 in just two years in Dubai) Liana Liston, author of blog datingdietingdubai.blogspot.ae, is still looking for love.
"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.
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.