Moving to Dubai is much like your first year at university.Everything is new and exciting, and you’ll meet other ‘freshers’ just as wide-eyed as you.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.If Sophie does stay the night, you can expect disapproving looks from security staff when you leave your apartment block in the morning.If your guest is of a certain ethnicity, they will assume she is a prostitute.You will find yourself collecting more business cards than you know what to do with.
This is not a place for shrinking violets; striking up a conversation with a stranger is easy and normal.
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.
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.