Dubai dating scene
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?
Muslim women will feel right at home, but non-Muslims may struggle initially with the adjustment."Many have left their wives and wedding vows in their home countries," she noted, adding that for those who do find a single man to date, the very nature of expat life often leads to heartache."The transient nature of this part of the world often leads to relationships ending after a short time, and rather abruptly, and it can all be very painful," she said.However, given the Islamic faith of the Gulf states, the whole issue of dating is, inevitably, a tricky one.Extramarital sexual relationships are illegal in the region, and kissing in public can also land you in trouble. "It’s definitely safe to date, but avoid public displays of affection," advised financial risk manager and TV presenter Rachel Pether, who lives in Abu Dhabi.
"For example, Qatar has an active dive club, or you can take up yoga or have tennis lessons.