If your taxi driver takes offence, he may well report you to the police.You can see why British couple Michelle Palmer and Vince Acors caused such a stir back in 2008.You can chance a cheeky snog in a lift, but you run the risk of the doors opening before your floor, exposing your misdemeanour.
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.
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.
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.