Arabic emirat dating
Traditionally, a young man's first amorous approach to a woman is supposed to be a marriage proposal made by his parents to her parents.But the cards, scraps of paper and mobile phone messages that pass from male to female are testament to the double existence of some young UAE nationals as they take their love lives into their own hands.At Dubai Men's College I meet several bright, studious young men.Most want to wait until they are established in careers and in their late twenties before marrying.
For them the issue is how much they will be involved in choosing their wife.
They talk often by mobile phone, but their meetings are limited to the 10 minutes between her leaving work and arriving home. And Saud, 22, met the girl he describes as his girlfriend two years ago on the internet, through instant messaging software.
Although they talk on the phone, he has seen her only five or six times, by following her from a distance as she shops with her family in a mall. But, while the couple are finding ways around their society's cultural mores, for them, as for many young people, the consequences of being caught remain all too real.
As part of a series on young people in the Middle East, the BBC News website discovers how technology is aiding the secret liaisons of young men and women in the conservative culture of the United Arab Emirates.
It happens in malls, cinemas and cafes - in Dubai's notorious traffic jams, and now by mobile phone.
'Perfect talk' Among national girls, it is virtually impossible for a young woman to admit to clandestine meetings with boys, although from the tales young men tell, it is clear that these take place.