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.
Either way, matters of the heart can always change the best-laid plans. Once you have picked up the bill – only the most emancipated woman insist on paying their share in Dubai – you may suggest going elsewhere for a drink.
If you hold a personal alcohol license, or habitually break the law, you can invite Sophie to your place for a digestif.
If your taxi driver takes offence, he may well report you to the police.