Dating in doha

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However, moving to the area without a spouse and children can be a daunting and sometimes isolating experience.

And if you’re a woman, plunged into a society where men vastly outnumber women, and where marriage is the norm, it’s even more so.

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.

’ 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.

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.

"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.

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.

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