Like many ex-pats in Dubai, I moved here having recently broken up with my girlfriend and finding myself newly single. I really needed a change of scenery and a friend who lived here suggested I make the move as, compared to the grey, miserable commuter life of London Town, he insisted that there was significantly more fun to be had among the sand dunes. Specifically in comparison to one standout memory I had of a few months back; running for the Tube in the pouring rain and being squashed up against the condensation on the window (ahead of my 90-minute journey home) while thinking, "There’s got to be more to life than this."
Fast forward a few months and here I am in the sandpit with a new job and fresh start. When it comes to dating, I'm keeping an open mind but I’ve been told the following by a few of my friends about what to expect in DXB: ladies who work in aviation have a certain reputation, most single girls here seem to be teachers (usually Irish), women don’t have much faith in the guys on the dating scene out here, and I need to be careful who I date because there’s a good chance I’ll bump into them again at Barasti at 2am. Oh, and the ladies here probably know some of my friends already – that’s how small it is. Not the most encouraging first impressions, but still - I’ll soon be able to judge for myself.
In the past I found dating in London pretty tough given that everyone’s just so busy all the time. Luckily, I’ve been advised that in Dubai, it’s actually a lot easier to meet people given that it’s sunny every day, people are here on holiday and are generally just in a better mood than back home. So with that said, I’m aiming to go on one date a week and I’m excited to see what happens. I don’t know too many girls here so I’m looking forward to meeting new faces. My housemate, a friend-of-a-friend, is also single and seems to have a date a week in search of The One. He reckons the best way to meet girls is by going to bars rather than clubs. Mr. Miyagi's is a particular favourite so that’s where we’re off to this week. Apparently a game of hops pong is always a good icebreaker… I’ll let you know how it goes.