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Gay Guide United Arab Emirates
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. Dubai has a flourishing nightclub scene, and drugs like Ecstasy are readily available, although strictly illegal. The drug scene applies however mainly to the international tourists and not the local inhabitants. As the commercial capital of the Gulf and a major international port, Dubai is home to thousands of expatriate workers from Britain, Russia, South Asia and all the Arab countries. The local population in certain Arab states like UAE and Qatar, although deeply religious, tend to be more liberal than expected, in respect to homosexuality. They would never admit this to be the case but even the police tend to close an eye to the gay scene and Internet controls, common in many Arab states do not take place here. Nevertheless we strongly advise that you adhere to local customs and avoid any displays of affection in public. Dubai is a fantastic city with unique architecture and a very high standard of living. The newly opened metro system takes you directly from the airport to the city centre and out to the amazing seaside hotels. Take a cruise on the creek by Abra and just stroll through the gold Souk and the neighbouring Dhow station you will get a feel for the old Dubai.
Cities in United Arab Emirates
Name: Vereinigte Arabische Emirate · Émirats arabes unis · Emiratos Árabes Unidos · Emirati Arabi
Location: Middle East
International country code: 971 (omit 0 from area code)
International access code: 00
Area: 77,700km² / 29,729 sq. mi
Currency: 1 Dirham (Dh) = 100 Fils
Capital: Abu Zaby (Abu Dhabi)
Religions: 96% Muslims
Climate: Between November and April the climate is at its best and not too hot.