The most consumed date food groups were rutab and tamr, with rutab being more frequently consumed than tamr during the summer season.

Overall, no major differences were observed in average daily consumption per capita of most of the date food groups between males and females, between employed and home-based consumers, and between students and individuals of 18-30 years old.

Percentage distribution of portion size, frequency of consumption and season, over different consumer groups per date food group, were determined.

There are no rules restricting women on where they can go or what they can do, although men and women are expected to take part in some activities separately, such as schooling and prayer.

Locals are extremely friendly and have a reputation for showing warm hospitality towards expats.

Rules on relationships The UAE is a family-orientated country where husbands and wives are actively encouraged to enjoy each others’ company and spend time with their children.

It’s true that it is illegal to live or stay with a non-related member of the opposite sex, if you’re not married or related through marriage.

In recent years, there have been several high profile cases of women being attacked and then blamed, or even prosecuted, for their own assault. Dangerous situations can often be avoided by being responsible about your personal safety and being aware of what is and isn’t acceptable behaviour.

As one of the richest states in the world, the quality of life and general living standards are exceptional in the UAE, for both men and women.

This means keeping your shoulders and knees covered, and in some places, your wrists and ankles too.

Although the weather will make you desperate to reach for your cami tops and short summer dresses, these are generally no nos, unfortunately.

In fact, it has some of the lowest crime rates in the world.

Violence or harassment towards tourists or foreign residents is highly unusual.

Rules on dress The biggest misconception about the UAE is the belief that women need to cover themselves in a headdress or long veil at all times.