Thankfully, there are loads of 'second' and 'third years' more than happy to show you around. ” is the standard question when meeting a fellow expat. Occasionally, you’ll meet someone who says, “I grew up here”, and you’ll feel a bit like a gatecrasher.
Asking her out Let’s say you meet a charming girl – we’ll call her Sophie – you get on famously and you’d like to see her again.
If your taxi driver takes offence, he may well report you to the police.
Only in the privacy of your own home should you consider going in for a kiss.Public displays of affection – or PDAs as they are joylessly known – are forbidden in Dubai, and can land both parties in a lot of trouble.You could opt for a dingy hotel sports bar, but you are unlikely to see the girl again unless she is a chain-smoking football fan.For an only-in-Dubai date, you could go skiing on ‘real’ snow at the indoor ski centre Ski Dubai, admire the view from the world’s tallest building, Burj Khalifa, or jostle with tourists at the world’s biggest fountain display.You will find yourself collecting more business cards than you know what to do with.
It’s up to you to decide if the connection is personal, professional, or both.
Sometimes Dubai is their first taste of travel, but more often their lives have been nomadic, and their stories reflect that.
You will be able to glean whether Sophie is planning a future in Dubai with a husband and children in her sights, or simply treating the city as a working holiday, complete with holiday fling.
There are a lot of attractive, single people with money to spend and free time to fill in Dubai.
However, Islam is the UAE’s official religion: sex outside marriage is illegal, and even public displays of affection can land the amorous in hot water.
Either way, matters of the heart can always change the best-laid plans. Once you have picked up the bill – only the most emancipated woman insist on paying their share in Dubai – you may suggest going elsewhere for a drink.