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Women making the move to the UAE maybe under the impression they will face tight restrictions on their day-to-day activities.

However, Emirati women are free to drive and pursue studies and hobbies. Generally, unmarried men and women tend to lead separate lives.

At weddings women usually hold separate celebrations to the men. Some areas of life, however, are still off-limits to women. At public events, such as the horse races, it is rare to see Emirati wives accompanying their husbands.

These traditions extend to ladies’ days in parks, female-only beaches and to women being served first or separately in banks or other queues.

If a woman offers her hand to you, a shake is okay. If not a smile and a nod is an appropriate introduction. There are also dedicated areas for women and children on buses and tram and Metro services.