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.
Firstly – should those considering a move be worried about their safety?
The date for the showpiece conclusion to the English domestic season can now be confirmed.
The Emirates FA Cup Final will take place at Wembley Stadium connected by EE on Saturday (kick-off TBC).
Liana Liston, an accountant based in Dubai, believes not.
There are 736 clubs in this season's competition and it all kicks off on Saturday 6 August with 184 extra preliminary round ties taking place across the country.
Manchester United won last season's Final, coming from 1-0 down to defeat Crystal Palace 2-1 after extra-time.
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.
Last season’s first-round tie between Salford City and Notts County, which was broadcast live on BBC One, had a domestic peak audience of 3.49m.Families are the foundation stone of Arab society, and so it follows that the Gulf region is extremely family-friendly.A peak domestic audience of 10.09m tuned into The Final on BBC One.The 2015-16 Emirates FA Cup amassed a total cumulative global reach of 875m, up from 828m in 2014-15.
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, moving to the area without a spouse and children can be a daunting and sometimes isolating experience.