The one thing I have to give to the UAE government is that they really do look after, and take care of, their people. Proof? Dating is illegal. No heartbreak. No “do I have a boyfriend or just a possible STD”. None of it. The downside is that you may be forced to marry your cousin.
Outside of the expats, who function with western social norms, women and men that are unmarried don’t eat together, they cannot live together as signing a lease together requires a marriage certificate, and PDA is punishable by jail [a law I would love to enforce stateside].
I wish I could judge the Dubai dating scene and say it is like XYZ, but it’s far closer to my dating life in New York: non-existent! There are exceptions, expats and non-muslim people and they function and are just as miserable &/or ecstatic as the rest of us. Free to subscribe to Bella Petite!