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Back when "Flying Was Fun" Alexandra Smythe and Cate Clarke were Flight Attendants with a Major International Carrier. Prior to Private Jets coming into vogue, Alexandra and Cate traveled in the First Class World, meeting and greeting the top celebrities, politicians who would become Presidents, nouveau riche, and yes the occasional Headline Grabbing Criminal in Handcuffs!

What the two ladies viewed and experienced became fodder for the School of Flaunt, so much money, such bad taste and oh those terrible manners. Something had to be done! Hence, The School of Flaunt Handbook was born. Read More

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Safety for Women Travelers

Category: SOF Divas’ Diaries ®  |  Permalink

Published: Saturday, April 21, 2012



Safety for Women Travelers

Below is some research I have done for Alexandra and myself while traveling to Dubai. If you recall, we are keeping check on Mummy and her BFF, Evelyn who think they can skip willy nilly all over the United Emirates! My father is footing the bill for us to keep Mother out of trouble. With her penchant for Boodle's, life could get interesting??? Read on.

The UAE is safe for women travelers. However women travelling alone are a novelty and you may find yourself the focus of unwanted attention. ARE YOU LISTENING MOTHER? You will probably have a more relaxed visit if you stay in a four or five star hotel, especially since you will be able to use the hotel's private beach facilities. WE ARE STAYING AT THE BURJ AL ARAB!

Ignore unwelcome comments. If you are harassed, making a lot of noise will usually embarrass and deter the harasser. Police take sexual harassment very seriously.

If you wish to avoid hassle, avoid swimming at the public beaches if you are alone. Do not wear tight or revealing clothes away from the beach clubs and resorts. You will also find that clothing suitable for the more cosmopolitan cities may not be comfortable or convenient for independent travel in rural areas. Loose trousers and a long sleeved cotton shirt will satisfy a wide range of situations. If you are dining alone outside your hotel, most local restaurants have separate "Family Rooms" for women. Do take advantage of this and you will feel more comfortable.

When socializing in local company wait until a hand is offered to you for a handshake. Some devout Muslims prefer not to shake hands with a woman. Remember that one advantage of being a woman in the UAE is that women are normally served first and banks and post offices, police stations and other government offices frequently have separate queues for women. Women in the UAE have a much more liberal lifestyle than many other Gulf countries (i.e. women are permitted to drive, work, etc) however, women travelers should be aware that they are visiting a society which has strong religious roots. Acting in a friendly manner which may be considered normal behavior in your home country, but it can be misinterpreted as an 'open invitation' by Muslim men. HAVE NO FEAR, ALEXANDRA CAN HANDLE ANYONE!




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