Gay Travel Guide to Dubai
Dubai, a cosmopolitan and wealthy city located in the heart of the United Arab Emirates, is a place where gays can live and enjoy life in relative comfort when compared to many other cities and countries in the Middle East. As long as one keeps note of their actions, keeping public displays of affection to a minimum and their sexual activities undercover, while at the same time knowing the best locations to hang out with homosexuals and other men searching for same sex relationships, then Dubai is a good place to be. Holding hands with your male partner is not a big deal in Dubai, and the laws of the land promote males living together because of the prudish laws on living with women who are not closely related to or married to you.
Therefore, in reply to the question, the visit will not be without risks, but for the smart and discreet traveller, Dubai is a great place for gays to visit.
What are the best gay clubs, gay scene?
The gay clubs and bars are always liable to unannounced police raids and busts, and although you will not be taken to jail (homosexuality is a crime liable to seven years in jail in Dubai), you can expect to be roughed up or asked for bribes. That aside, there are many places gays go to hang out, mingle and pick up dates in Dubai, all the while keeping an eye out for trouble:
Dubai mall is a one of the top gay cruising spots in Dubai, believe it or not. With a large crowd of shoppers and great coffee shops and restaurants in the mall, it is a popular spot for locals, expats and tourists who wish to shop and dine, as well as meet gay friends and companions. It is very low key, basically hiding in plain sight, and one can blend in and be sure to attract attention if they look carefully enough.
Jumeriah public beach
This is one of the most popular cruising areas in all of Dubai for gays. Located near the Ritz Carlton, this beach is a great place for gays to hang out along the boardwalk. It is frequented by locals and foreigners alike, and one only needs to keep their flirting and socializing within the expected norms in terms of physical contact and the like.
Located just next to the deira taxi stand, Deira Park in the early to late evenings is a popular gay scene in Dubai. The raised fountain, the benches and the car park are areas where you can find someone to chat up and talk to, as always, remember to be discreet and patent, many locals will ignore you if you are a white man or foreigner who is not of Arab descent.
One of the best places to hang out in Dubai, Jules bar is a location that attracts a mostly gay crowd, who want to mingle while enjoying some good music and awesome drinks at a very low price. It really comes alive on Thursdays, which is the Friday in the Middle East. Entrance is cheap, at only US$10 on Thursdays.