The number of single male expatriates working in Dubai is over six times higher than the number of unmarried female expats, figures released by the government have shown.
Last year, some 289,024 single expat men worked in the emirate compared with 46,239 foreign single women, according to the Dubai Statistics Center’s labour force survey.
This could be because the number of expat men aged over 15 and working in Dubai is far greater than the number of expat women, standing at 1,183,914 men in 2009 compared with 126,556 females.
However, the proportion of widowed expatriate women was higher, with 854 females categorised as widowed compared with just 181 expatriate men.
The number of divorced expats in Dubai last year reached 16,058, with 13,379 men being referred to as divorced compared with 2,679 woman.
The most common marital status for expatriates in Dubai is married, with 881,330 men and 76,784 women found to be married.
The United Arab Emirates perceives marriage as the only way for two people to have a relationship and conceive children, with legal penalties placed on male-female relationships outside of marriage.
An expatriate who was found guilty of kissing his friend in a Dubai restaurant this year lost his appeal against a one-month jail sentence.
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