Even patriarchal professions like oil and gas and banking seem to employ female staff of a certain aesthetic standard.
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.
Everyone is dolled up, from the bar staff to the fun-loving cabin crew who stop over in Dubai for an energetic form of rest and relaxation.
In one of their most-watched videos Abu Sin grins as he tells Miss Crockett: 'I am Saudi Arabia'.
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.
So how does the expat man approach the ritual of courting without flouting local mores and getting kicked out of the country?
There are two different types of dating: With casual dating, there is no exclusivity.
The two people aren’t “a couple” or “an item,” and they don’t refer to each other as a “boyfriend” or “girlfriend.” They don’t pair off. This is the kind of dating the Church encourages you to do after you turn 16.