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.Moving to Dubai is much like your first year at university.
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.
A cultural date might involve an art exhibition in the Al Quoz industrial district, or a burlesque show at The Act – a faux-baroque supper club on the 42nd floor of the Shangri-La Hotel.
If you settle on a cinema date, take a jumper as the air-conditioning in cinemas would make a penguin shiver.
Advertising, events, glossy magazines – Dubai’s glamour propaganda is peddled by models and media darlings.