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.
Sometimes Dubai is their first taste of travel, but more often their lives have been nomadic, and their stories reflect that.
You will be able to glean whether Sophie is planning a future in Dubai with a husband and children in her sights, or simply treating the city as a working holiday, complete with holiday fling.
Only in the privacy of your own home should you consider going in for a kiss.