Making it as a 'mumpreneur' in Dubai
29 March 2014 Last updated at 09:23 GMT
There are hundreds of thousands of what are known as "trailing spouses" across the Gulf - they make the move to join their partners who have taken up job offers there.
They are mostly women, and many want to get a job themselves - but find that marrying their career and employment with family commitments is a struggle.
Many find employers are not keen on part-time work, Jonathan Frewin though meets some women who are bucking the trend.
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