Dating in Dubai Tip #1

Christiana Maxion, The Dubai Matchmaker, is rewriting the blueprint of the Dubai dating-verse, one match at a time.

The lull of the Dubai summer is coming to a close and the desert of the dating pool is finally being flooded again with eligible bachelors and bachelorettes from all over the globe looking for love. 😉

Dating in Dubai can be tricky when you’re fishing from a pool of tourists, newbies and lifers. But dating should be the most fun time in your life! This is a time where you should be gaining new experiences, meeting new people, enjoying yourself, and putting yourself out there in the hopes of having a good time or learning something new.

I always say that compatibility is rooted in hobbies, habits, and interests. So what interests you and where should you position yourself to attract your ideal partner…

Are you mostly driven by business? Join a business council and sign up for events. Google business councils in the UAE associated with your nationality, but if your country isn’t represented, reach out to other popular ones and ask for the joining process and membership fees. This is a great way to get yourself and your business recognized whilst also hanging with potential partners. Side note: If you’re attracted to the Scandinavian look, join the Swedish Business Council!

Are you more of the ‘work hard/play hard’ type? Check out happy hours in DIFC or join networking groups like DYP: Dubai Young Professionals. There’s always a monthly soirée where you can rub elbows with other driven people looking to let off some steam.

Do you enjoy getting your sweat on? Join a gym and take popular group classes. Class Pass is a great way to try out different gyms in different neighborhoods. Seeking a gal? Join yoga, Pilates, or spin classes. Shimis is always flooded with good looking, flexible women. Seeking a guy? Hot, hunky men live at Barry’s and Chalk Training Ground! Another gym that has all types of classes and offers unlimited monthly packages is Platform located in both Marina and DIFC.

Or are you more of the artsy type? Al Serkal Avenue has an amazing lineup for creatives. Events range from candle making to art therapy to silent cinema. Sign up for their newsletter to get notified for upcoming workshops and events. Another way to satisfy your culture craving is to search what’s upcoming at Dubai Opera. Not only do they book operas and musicals, it has also become a spot to check out performances by podcast stars like Steven Bartlett or watch The Godfather with live musical score.

And, if you’re seeking a more targeted event where all attendees will be single, I hold monthly ‘Single Mingles’ with different themes each month. No, they are NOT speed dating events, but rather elevated mingling opportunities where each approved guest goes through an application process and we guarantee an equal number of eligible guys and gals, so there is a real opportunity to meet a quality match. Past events have been themed as sober, sweaty or sleek. Upcoming ones involve partnerships with Lexus, supper clubs, and other Dubai-based businesses.

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