The UAE hosts ultra-modern architecture, advanced technology and the image of a progressive Arab state. But beneath that facade, similarities with the West come to an abrupt dead end. Underlying its up-scale Western appearance, the UAE is a conservative Muslim State that adheres to an array of laws and rules the Western world finds unequivocally deplorable, particularly in the area of human rights, and most notably, the rights of women.
Married or single, women who consider a teaching position in the UAE will want to seriously evaluate the possible consequences of a society that relegates women to the level of third-class citizens. As foreigners in a foreign culture, we are all subject to the laws and customs of that land but the notion that “nothing’s going to happen to me, I’m protected as an American/Australian/European/Canadian” lends itself to a false and foolish sense of security.
The following incidences of rape and legal action against the victims happened to Western women in the UAE and should send up an imposing red flag to any woman considering a move to the UAE.