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Gay Dubai

The gay side of Dubai

As 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." It's strongly advised that you respect local customs and laws, and avoid public displays of affection.
The city has a growing and exciting nightlife, mostly frequented by Western expatriates and wealthy Saudis. Obviously there are no gay bars and clubs in town, but everyone mixes at the top spots, usually connected to hotels.

The best spot for people-watching and meeting people is at Jumeirah Beach although it is important that you be discreet and respectful, and beware of the undercover police looking for "indecent acts."

Gay crowds also sit at the cafes of the Dubai Mall using bluetooth connection on their cell phones to "connect" with others.
There are no gay hotels but you may want to stay at Western chains close to Jumeirah beach. Some recommendations:

RECOMMENDED HOTELS:

Hilton Dubai Jumeirah
Sofitel Dubai Jumeirah Beach
Sheraton Jumeirah Beach Resort
Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort and Spa

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