You could opt for a dingy hotel sports bar, but you are unlikely to see the girl again unless she is a chain-smoking football fan.
You will be able to glean whether Sophie is planning a future in Dubai with a husband and children in her sights, or simply treating the city as a working holiday, complete with holiday fling.
Pick Sophie up in a car and it will show that you are independent.
It will also take taxis out of the equation - no one likes waiting for a cab in the blistering heat Getting-to-know-you chat in Dubai is often fascinating because you are meeting women from all over the world.
A cultural date might involve an art exhibition in the Al Quoz industrial district, or a burlesque show at The Act – a faux-baroque supper club on the 42nd floor of the Shangri-La Hotel.
If you settle on a cinema date, take a jumper as the air-conditioning in cinemas would make a penguin shiver.