It makes for a lot of cultural differences and things to discover.I have seen a lot of Western women who marry Arab men. Although this can happen anywhere, the biggest challenge is men with a wife and children back home, who are not being upfront about that.I have a good active group of friends, so every night, if I want, I could go out, e.g., for shisha [aka hookah or water pipe], or for music and dancing.One of my friends is a DJ, we go to one of the lounges at The Pearl to dance and talk.Working in Doha, Qatar, was her first expatriate experience.Now in her fourth year in Qatar, she was happy to provide information about her experiences, and the inside scoop for, as the song goes, all the single ladies. I am an artist, so if something is happening in my creative identity, I tend to close myself up and try to hone in on it, and become pretty detached form everything else.I find the opportunities are better for me than back home in the Midwest. I have only dated one guy, but it would easy to date others — even much younger than me!Even 22-year-olds are interested in me, and I'm in my 30s.
I am more extroverted here in Doha than I was back home in the United States.[Housing is commonly provided for expatriate staff everywhere in the Middle East.] So I'm only with colleagues — you live with everyone you work with, which leaves you with not a lot of privacy. The quality of buildings in Qatar is not very good, but having so much space is really good.And I don't have to deal with anything (repairs, etc.)!I don't want to forget how to budget and do things for myself. When I got here, I had anticipated it being a short-term thing, but now it's four years.I could probably have bought three cars now with the cost of renting!