Advertising, events, glossy magazines – Dubai’s glamour propaganda is peddled by models and media darlings.
Even patriarchal professions like oil and gas and banking seem to employ female staff of a certain aesthetic standard.
If Sophie does stay the night, you can expect disapproving looks from security staff when you leave your apartment block in the morning.
If your guest is of a certain ethnicity, they will assume she is a prostitute.
You could opt for a dingy hotel sports bar, but you are unlikely to see the girl again unless she is a chain-smoking football fan.