“This guy said he was not an escort and loved older white guys.“He was very happy to see me and very friendly and smiling. “But his demeanour was sincere, and the change in him a few minutes later was shocking.” After meeting in the lobby of the hotel, the pair went to his hotel room.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.But crucially, it also enables one person to contact another within a 10 metre radius without knowing their phone number.Ahmed Bin Desmal's friends joke that he is a "Bluetooth king".In her court statement, the woman said that she was calling off her three-year-relationship with the man because she was getting married to man in London.
He said that a Pakistani religious scholar married the couple verbally, though the woman denied that this ever happened.
(Riccardo and other Couchsurfing users quoted in this article asked to be identified by pseudonyms.) On the business front, the crowdsourced hospitality site has been experiencing a rough patch lately.
After a controversial transition to a for-profit model in 2011, which brought million in funding in the past two years, growing pains have set in.
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.