In general, most Emiratis are tolerant and fairly open-minded, particularly the newer generation who are more exposed to Western influences.
However, there is a limit to the kind of behavior that they will accept.
Culverwell has been working in the UAE for the past five years as a water rescue operative at Yas Waterworld.
He first started dating Nohai, who worked as an administration officer, in mid-2014.
Having said this, dating is common here and dating practices are mostly similar to those in other countries; the biggest difference is that modern dating behavior needs to be balanced with the more conservative Arabic norms of socially acceptable behavior.
According to Islamic Sharia law, it is illegal for men and women to date in the same way as is normal in Western cultures, unless they are married.
Emlyn Culverwell, 29, and Iryna Nohai, 27, were reportedly arrested for unlawful sex outside of marriage, the Daily Mail reports.
The arrests came after Nohai, who was suffering from stomach cramps, went to Medeor Medical Centre in Yas Mall in Abu Dabi, where a doctor told her she was pregnant.Having sex outside of marriage is illegal in the UAE, and those who are convicted can face long jail sentences.The couple have reportedly been detained since January 29, but details of their arrests are just emerging.As foreigners in a Muslim country, following these few simple rules will ensure that you can have an active social life, have fun and find companionship without the law breathing down your neck.Approaching the fairer sex is fine as long as you practice discretion in your attempts.Also tell anyone who asks that the lady with you is your wife and you should be able to enjoy intimacy and have fun without the fear of getting into trouble with the law.