Moving to Dubai is much like your first year at university.

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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.

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 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.

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.

You can chance a cheeky snog in a lift, but you run the risk of the doors opening before your floor, exposing your misdemeanour.