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. 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.
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He lives in Mecca, the holiest city according to Islam, and is acutely aware of the stigma that surrounds his gay lifestyle. But I know that I'm gay and I'm living as one, so I can't see a clear vision for the future. Samir, like many gay men in the Arab world , guards his sexual orientation with a paranoid secrecy. To feel free he takes long vacations to Thailand, where he has a boyfriend, and spends weekends in Lebanon , which he regards as having a more gay-tolerant society. But at home in Saudi Arabia , he is vigilant.
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Dubai: Men are increasingly falling victims of shady massage service centres run by African women gangs, ending up being filmed naked, blackmailed and robbed. He said that this can be described as a trendy crime or a crime that has been committed by number of African women, mostly visitors, in the same modus operandi. In the past few weeks, Dubai prosecutors referred three cases of a similar nature to the Court of First Instance. The four women, aged between 28 and 33, in two identical cases, deprived two men of their freedom when they lured them for a massage at a flat and then locked them inside, beat and threatened them. They stole Dh60, from the first victim and Dh4, from the second.
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