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Hi, heatherw, thanks for the positive feedback! I am a single white female looking to move to Dubai, with a potential offer and an invite to visit this month... I have an amazing opportunity to earn alot but also doing what I love - working with Spas... I want to get as much info as I can about signing contracts, and making sure that I get the things I need so I'll be comfortable!!! I want to know the good things!!!! (and be practical about all the things that affect women, or other lifestyle issues...)

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Hi,

I have lots of questions and would be grateful if someone could help answer them.

I am thinking about relocating in Dubai. I am an independant British white female who wishes to escape to a better climate and standard of living and am considering Dubai amongst other places.

So what's it really like? How easy is it to go about your daily life as a single western woman. Are there any clothing restrictions or are there best practices of clothing. What can you wear on the beach? Is it safe to go to the beach, shopping, restaurant, take a taxi etc on your own?

Are their any issues associated with day to day life or can I expect the same issues as I have living in UK as a single person?

How are women treated in the work place? How are British women regarded by locals? Is it true that many women who do not cover up or go out on their own are regarded as prostitutes and get hassle from men or followed or from other prostitutes thinking that you are on their patch?

I also understand that sex outside of marriage is illegal (it is still in UK but the law is so out of date it is ignored), so how do you have to conduct your relationship with your boyfriend. Can you stay over their house or live together. (I may be moving with my british boyfriend but not necessarily live together).

Any other advice that you can give?

Thanks in advance for your help.
Dubai is an incredibly tolerant city. That said, I do think some respect for the local preferance of modesty is important. 3/4 length trousers, a short sleeve shirt...these are ok in most places. Since this isn't a pedestrian-friendly city women walking on the street in some neighbourhoods could be mislabed as prostitutes. I've lived in Egypt and the UAE and overall have found the emirates much more "female friendly." Not much in the way of harassment, and when it does happen it's not very menacing. Simply indicate that you're calling the police and it will end.

Beach, shopping, taxis on your own are perfectly fine. Once there you'll get a feel for which beaches are more western-woman friendly. Bikinis are ok, but I think it is important that if you're taking a taxi to the beach (or a nightclub) that you still dress w/ that above-mentioned modesty. Shorts are great-for the beach the hotel pool, and that's about it. Same goes for short skirts. I saw a photo from the Dubai races recently in which a seemingly western expat was wearing a tiny little skirt, sleeveless top, etc. Personally, I think this is inappropriate. It doesn't mean you won't see it in a club or at similar expat-friendly events. Bear in mind that while it is a really tolerant society, it's not home. We are not entitled to the same rights. We are not judged in the same manner.

How you're regarded by Emiratis could very well depend on how you interact w/ them in the workplace, how you present yourself, etc. The stereotype of western women is not good.

Relationship w/ boyfriend? Handle is discreetly. No long and drawn out kisses in public...basically nix the PDA. Keep in mind that Dubai is the most tolerant of the Emirates. Visits to Sharjah (and smaller emirates) will require more modesty in dress and behaviour. Public kissing in SHarjah could get you arrested-so could shorts/short skirt/sleeveless top. It's not likely that you would be arrested, but you might get a stern talkin' to. Living together is illegal. If you are living together tell people that you're married. Most buildings have a doorman who watches you come and go, who visits you, etc.

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ok, thanks for that...
I have confirmed that I will be there on May 22nd for a week, to interview...
and I was wondering what things to bring to wear...

I appreciate it!!!

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ok, thanks for that...
I have confirmed that I will be there on May 22nd for a week, to interview...
and I was wondering what things to bring to wear...

I appreciate it!!!
Smart trousers, a long sleeve blouse (not too tight/no cleavage), perhaps a dress jacket. Basically, what you would wear to an interview at home. Just nothing that hugs the body or exposes much flesh. I don't mean to imply that you should button your shirt to the top button, but think about the most professionally dressed person in your home country and go w/ that outfit. If your hosts are going to take you out and show you around (good possibility as potential employers) you might want to bring some comfortable "business casual." Does that make sense?

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Ok thanks very much!!! I'll get right on to that:-) I appreciate it!!!
Is there anywhere you suggest to check out social-wise.... (Ive checked Time Out) ....

Have you been in UAE very long??? plan to stay any length of time? j

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Time Out is a great resource! I was in the UAE for 3 years, and now after a few years on the outside, we're making our way back-ideally this August. I'd imagine that we'll be there for at least 3 years-maybe longer. Good luck in that interview! What field are you working in?

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If you decide to settle in the Dubai there is a club for single women (that's the only requirement-being single) called the Bridget Jones Club. My friend joined a few years ago, and she loves making friends w/ new women not from her job (teacher). It seems to be great for those who like sports, a night out on the town, etc.

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Been in Dubai for a week now. I have been stared at a few times, mainly by Asian men. I feel totally safe compared to where I have a home in Spain - you wouldn't believe the security measures we have to take to protect ourselves and our properties!

So far, Dubai has impressed me!

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So glad to hear it Passandra Enjoy yourself and any more insights with your move and experiences will be greatly appreciated. We hope to be in Dubai mid June and can't wait

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All I will say in a negative light is that the traffic is horrendous, especially on the Emirates Road and I've got lost a couple of times, very unusual for me as I'm convinced I was a pidgeon in a previous life!!

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