Dating in hotel

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.

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.

If you hold a personal alcohol license, or habitually break the law, you can invite Sophie to your place for a digestif.

The classic, “Would you like to go for a drink sometime? Yes, you can consume alcohol in Dubai, and a post-work drink is a perfectly acceptable first date.

However, it will be in a sterile hotel bar and it will cost you a fortune.

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.

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