The United Arab Emirates has some sodomy laws, the Abu Dhabi Penal Code makes sodomy punishable with imprisonment of up to 14 years, the Penal Code of Dubai imposes imprisonment of up to 10 years on consensual sodomy, although punishment can be more severe if defendants are charged under Islamic law, rather than under the secular penal code. After the closure in Dubai of a nightclub on the orders of Dubai's Crown Prince, General Sheikh Mohammed al-Maktoum for hosting a gay night featuring a transvesite from Birmingham, the gay scene came to the surface. The Diamond Club was shut, but for the hundreds who attended its gay night, a taboo was broken in Dubai.
A s you'd expect, the United Arab Emirates is not a particularly gay-friendly destination. It has sodomy laws punishable with imprisonment, but with such a diverse population everyone knows there's plenty of gay locals and visitors. It's also slightly more liberal than other Arab states, with no internet control, although many Western sites are blocked and foreigners have been jailed and deported for simply attending private "gay parties.
Paul Ewart, centre, was an Australian expat living in Dubai. Nothing strange here you might think, I mean, there are gay clubs the world over, right? Like Las Vegas, Dubai was built in a desert from nothing and like Vegas, Dubai in the Arab world anyway is known as sin city.
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Hi, a friend and I are planning a holiday to Dubaiand we were wondering what the night life would be like with us being gay males? There are, of course, gay males and females in Dubai - illegal or not. There is a very vibrant nightlife scene in Dubai - check out Time Out Dubai for lists of all the trendy places to go and enjoy them BUT be very careful about any open display of affection between you and your partner.
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