Emirates Woman - - Woman Contents - SE­NIOR EDI­TOR SOPHIA SERIN

Ire­mem­ber the scene quite well. It was my first day back in the of­fice af­ter get­ting hitched. I was ad­just­ing my brooch in the mir­ror of the Mo­ti­vate bath­room when a col­league si­dled up to me and asked: Did you marry for love? Star­tled, it took me a sec­ond to digest the ques­tion – what other rea­son is there to get mar­ried? She smiled as I said ‘yes’ and I left the bath­room think­ing how for­tu­nate I was to be with a per­son I wanted to be with – not one I had to be with.

For many women, mar­riage to a man they hardly know is com­mon and in the case of many women in the Ukraine, the only way out. The pop­u­lar­ity of the ‘ro­mance tour’ (where Western men lit­er­ally go on bus tours to meet women) is shock­ing and our re­port on page 86 ex­poses an in­dus­try where the busi­ness is sell­ing ‘happy ever af­ter’. On other mat­ters of the heart, do you know what it is that ac­tu­ally makes us fall in love? If you think it’s all about fairy tales and pheromones, think again. Stud­ies have shown that choos­ing a mate is all down to sci­ence, so flip to page 76 and dis­cover whether you are a ‘ex­plorer’, ‘builder’, ‘ne­go­tia­tor’, or ‘di­rec­tor’ when it comes to seek­ing out your soul mate.

Have a great month,


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