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.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.’ 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.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!
"Everyone knows that if they misbehave they can be sent home," she said."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."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.