By Melanie Swan For Mailonline. Life in Dubai might look like a life of sparkling parties and high fashion, a land of glitz and glamour, but behind closed doors, many women - both married and single - are battling a range of mental health issues, from post natal depression to marital abuse and a sense of social isolation, and it affects all levels of society. Psychologists have revealed that many British expatriate women are turning to behaviours such as casual sex and plastic surgery, in a bid to numb the pain of feeling lost in a foreign land. British Psychologist and author, Darren Timms, sees women of all walks of life; mostly professionals but others including actresses, singers, movie stars, writers and air hostesses. Some have simply come to the city for a chance to better their career, or loyally followed their husband as he carves the family a better life. They end up entering a never-ending cycle of parties and alcohol , resorting to many distractions to fit in, but to no avail.
Prostitution in the United Arab Emirates
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T he bosomy blonde in a tight, low-cut evening dress slid on to a barstool next to me and began the chat: Where are you from? How long are you here? Where are you staying? I asked her what she did for a living. As I looked around the designer bar on the second floor of the glitzy five-star hotel, it was obvious that every woman in the place was a prostitute. And the men were all potential punters, or at least window-shoppers. It was better if I was staying in the luxurious hotel where we were drinking, she said, but if not she knew another one, cheaper but "friendly".
Dubai tourist and prostitute charged with consensual sex
A woman, who robbed a man together with her accomplice after luring him with paid sex, was sentenced to one year in jail on Tuesday, March The Dubai Court of First Instance found the year-old Nigerian woman guilty of multiple charges, including prostitution, assault and robbery. Public prosecution records show that on November 15 last year, the woman, who is a prostitute, lured the man into sex for Dh The woman was charged with working in prostitution and overstaying her visa without paying the fine. She was also accused of having illicit sex with the robbery victim.
Prostitution in the United Arab Emirates is illegal. UAE nationals are permitted a number of residence visas. These are mainly used for domestic staff, but any surplus are often sold through middlemen to prostitutes to enter and remain in the country for two years. Although there is street prostitution , notably Hamdan Street in Abu Dhabi,  most prostitution takes place in the bars and nightclubs of hotels.