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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.

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.

This also holds true for dancing in public, which is considered to be indecent by the local population.

For all Dubai’s futuristic appeal and abundance of western entertainments – a sleek metro that zips through the sky like something out of Blade Runner, sumptuous shopping malls, an indoor ski park, and countless bars – there is just as much fun to be had in the simple pleasures of “the Orient”: haggling for gold and frankincense in the bustling souqs, savouring the sunset from the back of a camel, inhaling from a fragrant sheesha pipe on the fairly-lit deck of an old wooden dhow.

Perhaps there is, after all, some truth to be found in the clichés… Best time to visit is November-March, when temperatures are moderate – though in the past few years, January, once considered the optimum month to visit, has been overcast and rainy.

Smaller suburban malls, independent shops and souq stalls close from around 1pm to 4pm/5pm and don’t open until 4pm/5pm on Fridays (day of worship).

Don’t photograph Sheikhs’ palaces, police stations, military buildings, ports or airports.

Many foreign couples have been jailed for seemingly innocent behavior, but holding hands in public or a quick peck on the cheek is about as far as you can go in publicly expressing your feelings for your partner.