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What are some typical ways to socialize, either with local people or with other expatriates? Are there groups or clubs that you can recommend?

Sports activities, AmCham, there are lots of options. - Sep 12, 2017
In winter: camping, hiking, biking, various and numerous festivals and expos. In summer: sweat. - Jun 8, 2015
We've done less home entertaining here than anywhere else we've lived. Emiratis often don't like to visit expat homes for fear of alcohol, pork, and dogs. There are lots of going-out options, including various special promotions -- women frequently drink free, for example. - May 19, 2013
There is a club or society for practically every sporting and cultural interest. - Jul 20, 2012
As much or little as you like. Little home hospitality that involves Emiratis, as they can be shy about coming into Western houses where gender-mixing patterns, food and drink, etc., won't be what they're used to. - Aug 9, 2011
Good. Kids in the expat schools have a great time. Westerners have money and a good social life with other westerners. There's not a lot of ethnic mixing. Emiratis keep to themselves and other Gulf Arabs. - Jul 17, 2011
Absolutely. The restaurants and cafes are great. - Nov 7, 2010
Dinners out, golf and spending time among friends. - Aug 25, 2009