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.
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.
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.
’ 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.
Muslim women will feel right at home, but non-Muslims may struggle initially with the adjustment.
Firstly – should those considering a move be worried about their safety?
Liana Liston, an accountant based in Dubai, believes not.
"I would never show my shoulders or my knees in the office.