The ladies from VIVA magazine have asked the men of Dubai some pretty probing questions. Time Out checks out the results...
Time Out Dubai Staff
The men of the UAE have spoken. They worry about their weight, go on diets, and wax their bodies. But what else did they reveal when the ladies from VIVA magazine pinned them down and made them talk? Time Out investigates…
Most UAE men think they’re pretty hot…
When asked to rate their body on a scale of 1 to 10, the average man thinks he is a 7. Only 15% of men rate themselves as 5/10 or less, while 10% reckon they’re a perfect 10. If they don’t say so themselves… …But nearly half of all men admit to worrying about their bodies, so maybe they’re not quite so smug after all!
93% of UAE men wax
If you thought we were the only ones wincing as the waxing strips are ripped off, think again. A huge 93% of guys either have waxed or would consider waxing a hairy area of their body – with 21% being happy to undergo the infamous ‘manscaping’. Y’ouch!
51% of men think they have to look good to get a girlfriend
The question we asked them. Do you think your appearance affects…
…Your chances of finding a girlfriend? 51%
…Your overall happiness? 48%
…Your career success? 32%
…Your chances of making friends? 20%
Men have body hang-ups too…
What's your body hang-up?
"My Stomach - it sticks out of my t-shirts now. I look chubby next to snake-hipped guys in tight jeans" Nick Cooper, 37
"My Skinny Legs. I try to work tehm out but it doesn't seem to be having the desired effect. There's a long way to go, anyway" Stu Higson, 22
"My bum - I always worry what the missus thinks of it. All women like a nice backside, after all" Keir Dowsell, 25
UAE men think they’re hotter than women
Almost two thirds of guys say they have hotter bods than their girlfriends. Well, aren’t we – ahem – lucky ladies, to be surrounded by such perfect Adonis? Means we can forget all about those Daniel Ccraig fantasies now.
Happily, not all guys think alike...
"I married the hottest girl I ever met. She was out of my league then, and she still is now" Quintin, 32
"I think women are always really attracted to an athletic body. It shows a guy has a healthy lifestyle and that means he takes care of himself in other ways, too" Ashley Rogers, 24
More than 50% of men in the UAE have been on a diet
More than 50% of guys have been on a diet, and Dr. Atkins is by far the fave, Bring on the steaks, but beware the halitosis, boys...
Guys' single most-feared item of clothing is... swimwear. Shorts, speedos, mankinis(!), you name it, See, it's not just us worrying about our beach bods. Seems guys would rather cover up: their number one item for feeling good is a suit.
70% of guys have compared their bodies to celebs
Yup, they’re as suceptable to celeb pressure as women are. 70% of men in the UAE compare their bodies to their famous brothers.
91% of UAE men would rather be beefy than skinny
While we ladies are always trying to slim down, our menfolk desperately want to bulk up and only 9% of guys wish they could be skinny. Ahh, guess that explains all those beer bellies. They're not quite what we meant by 'six-pack', you know!
61% of UAE men hit the gym
61% of men exercise on a weekly basis..
...anything to do with the face that 31% think the number one thing women look for in a man is a toned body, we wonder?
What’s the most embarrassing thing UAE have done?
"I once tried to cover some spots with concealer make-up, but went away, too far and everyone could tell. Cringe" Joseph Carunana, 26
"I wax my chest, but i don't think that's embarassing at all. I'm proud of my smooth pecs! I also get regular man-icures, so there" Bruno Bononi, 21
"I was mad to go to a tanning salon by my mates, and it went very wrong... Let's just say i could have started doing the tango ads" Tim Craig, 34
48% of men suck in their guts when they’re having a photo taken
The camera. Enough to turn usually rational women into crazed contortionists: shoulders back, stomach in, bum out, chin up and - and, oh yikes, are they getting my best side...?! But the good news us we're not the only ones turning blue as we hold our breath for the perfect pic: 48% of fellas suck in their tums when having their photo taken too!
How many Dubai men would have plastic surgery?
40% of guys would have plastic surgery
12% for a smaller stomach
10% would have a nose job
A third of men worry about what they wear
Reckon guys just throw on any old thing without even a glance in the mirror? Wrong! A third of guys admit to trying multiple outfits before a big date. And why? Because they "feel fat", and "don't look quite right" or "worry what the date will think of it" Sound familiar, ladies?!
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