Clearly ‘black women’ cannot possibly be on vacation in Dubai – we must be selling something and the idea that women are considered second class citizens in the Middle East suddenly became very real. But two days later, as we left an outdoor restaurant at WAFI Mall, a table of Arab men attempted to get our attention by hissing as we hurried past to catch the sightseeing bus.

This discriminatory incident could have been dismissed as an isolated event, however later that night at another nightclub, a European man approached us to ask “How much? On return to the United States, I decided to do some digging and uncovered the thriving sex trade in Dubai.

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Many of them are not being forced into prostitution against their will – it is viewed as a profitable business that pays much more than any menial job back home.

Each race has a tiered pricing structure, with Arab women garnering the highest value due to scarcity.

Eventually, my travel roomie Britt and I became bored with the shoot and decided to walk ahead to the entrance. She asks how many – we say ‘two’ and she steps aside to let us in.

One quick glance behind to see what was delaying the others, before we stepped onto the short red carpet and into the dimly lit entrance.

Saudi Arabia, which had already blocked features of most chat apps, has moved to block Facebook Messenger.

The app’s video and voice chat functions, along with similar service imo, now can’t be used in the country because of “regulations”.

Before long we’re chatting up a random Greek guy and he’s buying our drinks.

We only went in to look for a promoter who could coax the almighty bouncer into allowing the girls to enter, but selfishly, I’m in Dubai and I want to party.

Expats and foreigners make up about 85% of Dubai’s population so native residents are greatly outnumbered and somewhat marginalized.