So how does the expat man approach the ritual of courting without flouting local mores and getting kicked out of the country?Unless you are working on a construction site, you will meet good-looking women everyday in Dubai.

A cultural date might involve an art exhibition in the Al Quoz industrial district, or a burlesque show at The Act – a faux-baroque supper club on the 42nd floor of the Shangri-La Hotel.

If you settle on a cinema date, take a jumper as the air-conditioning in cinemas would make a penguin shiver.

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.

Only in the privacy of your own home should you consider going in for a kiss.

Public displays of affection – or PDAs as they are joylessly known – are forbidden in Dubai, and can land both parties in a lot of trouble.

Hospitality is big business here, and where there is hospitality, there is glamour.

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.

Pick Sophie up in a car and it will show that you are independent.