85pc of the city's population is from overseas, which means most Dubai residents have gone through the process of landing in a foreign land and going out to make friends.
It's a shared experience that brings a sense of unity With such a transient populace, impenetrable cliques are rare.
Hospitality is big business here, and where there is hospitality, there is glamour.
Everyone is dolled up, from the bar staff to the fun-loving cabin crew who stop over in Dubai for an energetic form of rest and relaxation.
So how does the expat man approach the ritual of courting without flouting local mores and getting kicked out of the country?
Unless you are working on a construction site, you will meet good-looking women everyday in Dubai.
Moving to Dubai is much like your first year at university.
With a median age of 27 (male and female), a vibrant nightlife and year-round sunshine, the whole thing can feel like a Club 18-30 holiday that never ends. Expats spend their tax-free salaries eating, drinking and generally showing off in public, so there is ample opportunity to meet the desired sex.This is not a place for shrinking violets; striking up a conversation with a stranger is easy and normal.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.Advertising, events, glossy magazines – Dubai’s glamour propaganda is peddled by models and media darlings.
Even patriarchal professions like oil and gas and banking seem to employ female staff of a certain aesthetic standard.