As our private driver escorted us, twelve African American women, past the magnificent dancing fountain and up the circular driveway bustling with Maseratis, Lamborghinis and Ferraris, visions of ‘lifestyles of the rich and famous’ danced in our heads.

Wireless advances One technology is proving particularly useful.

Bluetooth is a feature built into some mobile phones which enables the user to transfer data to another wireless device nearby.

Pink News Exclusive A man has spoken out after how he was violently threatened and robbed on a Grindr hook-up in Dubai.

He fears it’s part of a systematic targeting of gay visitors, after more men have come forward.

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".That means thousands of visitors arrive to Dubai every week, many of whom are unmarried.While many Dubai hotels are likely to turn a blind eye to the issue, you still should take precautions about what you do and say.The UAE has some of the most anti-gay laws in the world, where homosexuality is “punishable by death”, and 10 year prison sentences are handed out for “consensual sodomy” in Dubai.The man had been staying at a hotel located in Bur Dubai, a district in the west of the city, while on a business trip.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.