Among UAE nationals - as the minority of the UAE's residents that are not expatriates are called - it is generally considered impolite for a man to speak to a woman he is neither married nor related to in public.Traditionally, a young man's first amorous approach to a woman is supposed to be a marriage proposal made by his parents to her parents.But that proves to be very challenging in a city that plays host to more than 200 nationalities and ethnicities.Finding the perfect match who shares your background, religion, traditions, eating habits, sense of humor and love for shawarma and falafel is next to impossible! Let’s face it, Dubai is a city of singletons who live in their tiny kingdoms (mainly studios or shared apartments in JBR and Marina).So, if you fall for someone who is in a "transit phase," either destroy their passport or be ready to smuggle yourself inside their travel bag (not in a creepy way though).If you fall in love with another expat in Dubai and ask them about their background, the only story you will get is their "own version" of the story.You have no choice but to trust it and take it at face value, because you simply don’t have any way to validate their story.There is no neighbor to ask, no "mokhtar el hare" to consult and no close family members to interrogate.
But crucially, it also enables one person to contact another within a 10 metre radius without knowing their phone number.
But the cards, scraps of paper and mobile phone messages that pass from male to female are testament to the double existence of some young UAE nationals as they take their love lives into their own hands.
Wireless advances One technology is proving particularly useful.
Your best hope is to stalk them on social media and Linked In to see if they are really who they are claiming to be, not scammers or con artists.
Many expats are not willing to marry or fall in love with people who are not from the same cultural background or religion as them.
Many of them go out every weekend hoping to find true love in the singles-infested-waters of Pier7, Barasti, Caramel or Iris.