United Arab Emirates
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is the federation of seven emirates: Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman, Umm Al-Quwain, Ras Al Khaimah, and Al Fujairah. Nearly 200 islands fall under the UAE territory, which stretches over 1448 km from the west coast of the Persian Gulf and Gulf of Oman to the Arabian Peninsula.
The UAE is rich in pearls, which sustained its population for centuries before the discovery of the plentiful oil which has fuelled a booming economy. Visitors today are attracted by perpetual sun, endless white sandy beaches and turquoise seas scattered with islands, coral reefs and ridges that provide excellent diving and snorkelling.
The UAE is mostly famed for its world class shopping but also boasts excellent restaurants and a burgeoning arts scene, with the Dubai Louvre scheduled to open in 2015.
You will be speaking English at work and throughout the country English is widely spoken. The dress code for women in public places is less strict than elsewhere in the Middle East, however it is best to remain covered from the shoulder to at least the knees with sleeves covering upper arms. Unlike in Saudi Arabia, women can also drive in the UAE.
Given that the accommodation is paid for, and that rates of pay are excellent, many expats choose to work in the UAE for a period to save money and return home having done exactly that.