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".
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.
Families are the foundation stone of Arab society, and so it follows that the Gulf region is extremely family-friendly.
Make the expat move with a spouse and children in tow, and you’ll slot relatively easily into a life filled with play-dates and school runs, and make friends through both.
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?
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.
"I would never show my shoulders or my knees in the office.