As a general rule, aim to cover up shoulders and knees, and in some places, clothes covering up to wrists and ankles may be required.Dubai is the most relaxed city in the region when it comes to clothing, although local campaigners are trying to change these attitudes. "Abu Dhabi is much more conservative than Dubai,” said Rachel Pether."It’s also illegal to live with someone of the opposite sex who is not your husband, but the police turn a blind eye to it generally." Aside from these concerns, finding a suitable single man also seems to be tricky for many.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.’ 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.Dress In all countries in the region, modesty is the watchword when it comes to dress.
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?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.