What are some typical ways to socialize, either with local people or with other expatriates? Are there groups or clubs that you can recommend?
Meet-up groups, InterNations. Everyone in Dubai is an expat so there are loads of activities and meet-up groups for everything from camping to hiking, to yoga, to water sports to book clubs etc. - Dec 2016
American women should definitely look into the American Women's Associationin Dubai. It is a great place to meet other female expats! - Jul 2013
Lots of options. - Aug 2011
There is a lot to do, especially if you like bars and clubs. Good options for dinner and the champagne brunch is a Dubai tradition. Plenty of other social and sporting clubs are avialable too. - Jan 2011