Dubai is a popular destination for women who travel to the Middle East to earn money to send home.
But the capital city is also home to an array of escort services, including an array that cater to men, who are usually required to pay for their services and provide sex services.
The industry is booming.
Since the start of 2017, the number of women in Dubai has risen by 300 percent.
The number of men visiting the city increased by 3.5 percent.
But while the number and quality of the escort services in Dubai are on the rise, there are also challenges in attracting the men who come to the city to earn a living.
“When I first came here I thought I’d have to learn how to be a woman,” said Svetlana, who works for a sex shop in the city.
“But then I realized that I had a lot to learn and I started learning as well.”
While many women go through a rigorous recruitment process to get an apartment, Svetlsana said the process can be tedious and the work can be emotionally draining.
Svetlanas husband works in Dubai and does the bulk of the work for her, while he also works as a private tutor.
She works with clients through Skype and through text messages, but has no formal training.
“I can’t tell you how many times I have asked him to take the initiative in terms of taking me to the place and giving me the instructions on how to do it,” she said.
According to a 2016 report by the International Association of Escorts, Dubai has the third highest number of male escorts operating out of its hotel and strip clubs.
Some of the top destinations for men are Dubai, the United Arab Emirates and Abu Dhabi.
“The girls are looking for work, they’re looking for an experience, they want to make money and they’re trying to get money,” said Mohammed al-Ahmad, a Dubai-based male escort.
“So we try to do what we can for them.”
Al-Ahmadi said he has helped more than 200 clients earn money in Dubai.
“They’ve been here for four months and we have worked with them for four or five months,” he said.
“We give them information about how to get into Dubai and about Dubai’s facilities.”
But he also noted that a lot of clients in Dubai don’t know the risks.
“Some people will come here to have sex with people, but then they’ll be scared because they’ve never been here before,” he explained.
“Some people won’t even know what to do.”