Dating rules in other countries

As foreigners in a Muslim country, following these few simple rules will ensure that you can have an active social life, have fun and find companionship without the law breathing down your neck.

Approaching the fairer sex is fine as long as you practice discretion in your attempts.

Having said this, dating is common here and dating practices are mostly similar to those in other countries; the biggest difference is that modern dating behavior needs to be balanced with the more conservative Arabic norms of socially acceptable behavior.

According to Islamic Sharia law, it is illegal for men and women to date in the same way as is normal in Western cultures, unless they are married.

This holds true for married couples as well as those who are dating.

Hugging, grabbing or kissing in public is prohibited, so if you are tempted to get more intimate, head home and reserve any public displays of affection for within the walls of your home.

Although Dubai is by far the most liberal emirate in the Saudi Arabian peninsula, there is a code of acceptable behavior when you are in public.Arab traditions in dating are much more conservative than Western norms, so do not automatically assume that what is acceptable in your home country will be considered appropriate in Dubai.Public displays of affection are frowned upon by Emiratis (local Dubai folk) and inappropriate behavior can land you in jail with possible deportation for serious offences.It is also illegal to live together or have sex without being married.Although these laws are not stringently enforced in Dubai, unless someone complains to the police, it is wise to tread with caution when it comes to living together or dating in Dubai.

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