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Old 1st June 2009, 11:47 PM
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i am also a gay man moving to dubai, i am not "identifiably gay" and i don't typically frequent gay establishments at home, but I am interested in knowing anyones personal experiences in a similar situation

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oops, I thought you were the one with the job offer, but no matter! Dubai is opening a major museum with Louvre as a partner. There are regular concerts of all types being organised. And there is a lot of oppurtunity , if you want to start a gallery or something.

The Louvre will be opening in Abu Dhabi not Dubai. AD is far more commited to supporting culture than Dubai, hence the building of a Louvre, Maritime Museum and opera house at the moment.

There are numerous galleries and art events in Dubai.

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Newbee - much of what you have posted is incorrect. Please take care in providing advice to others as you can seriously mislead.

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Hi,

Dubai is a strange little place. As a gay person, you should be ready for certain challenges.

1.socially most people's lives are confined to their communities. In this case the British expat community will be yours. Most people who live here long term are with kids and families, so you will have to figure out how you will fit in here with them. Bearing in mind that the Brit expat in Dubai is generally one who is willing to make a lot of compromises for a better standard of living/and are often middle /lower middle class origins. You decide! Not all Brits only socialise with Brits. In fact most have friends of many nationalities. Why move abroad and only mix with your own nationality?

2. Check out how you can sponsor your partner legally. You probably can not. But Brits can get a visa on arrival, go out come back every 6 months for renewal. He can also look for a job, find one and then apply for a residence visa. A man cannot sponsor another as his partner, he can only sponsor his wife. A tourist visa is valid for either 30 or 60 days.

3. If you live in one of the newer apartments in New Dubai or anywhere, you will be living a fairly anonymous life, though the huge amount of security and staff everywhere will mean , that eventually some people will figure it out. But no one will interfere if you are discreet. And a good tip to security and cleaners will ensure goodwill.

4. You will never be arrested for vice, unless you are caught cruising in sleazy places - pretty unlikely even then. Very much untrue. Anyone could be arrested & subsequently deported.

5. of course you can not come out at work.

BUt trade off for sunshine, tax free income, travel, great shopping etc. In the middle east, most people do their own things, but never rock the placid and traditional boat.

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oh thank u bo diesel.i will email u shortly

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Been in Dubai for more than 3 years..

I have a question.. I work with a local Arab company, a big establishment. Only a few people at work know I am gay, including my immediate boss.

I have been living with my bf, in my company accomodation, but it was meant for single occupancy. I have some fears if the company find out that I am gay, and also abusing the company accomodation, will I be terminated ?

Some people said, the company doesnt really care what you do, but I dont know what if they make this matter seriously ? Knowing being gay is already not tolerated, what else with the lifestyle and sexual activities..

Any ideas guys ?

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Whoa! im interested in what replies you will get...

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Whoa! im interested in what replies you will get...
Yea.. I have been worrying about this.. coz I know they can be unpredictable sometimes...

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hi
I am new here in Dubai... This is my first year in this city
however since I arrived I never found someone that can lead me to this gaylife
just wondering, eversince I work here, walk at the mall, beaches... Its really hard to find PLU (people like us)
its quite funny, cause now I am feel lonely even surrounded by my straight friends:focus
I saw many people in Dubai eventough they are not gay, they dress so gay...
but, back to basic again we can't judge only fron the outfit, now my concern is.... Which malls is often visited by PLU? Cause I more spent my relax time hanging in malls

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Hi there bo_diesel

Same-sex relationships are illegal in Dubai and are, officially, not tolerated. In fact, a couple of years ago, a gay party was raided by the police and everyone was arrested . . . there were even reports in the local press that those arrested would undergo 'treatment' for their 'illness'. I shudder to think what they had in mind . . . .

However, many gay people do live in Dubai and, as long as you're quiet and don't draw attention to yourselves, you should be fine. Finding other gay people is, however, a big challenge. There are, obviously, no gay bars and those in the past that have germinated have been swiftly closed down with deportations following with equal swiftness.

Hope this helps!
There are quite a few gay bars, its just a case of hunting around for them and I think they are in very discreet places. My brother is gay and found it very easy to find a few, and it wasnt just full of expats!

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2. Check out how you can sponsor your partner legally. You probably can not. But Brits can get a visa on arrival, go out come back every 6 months

Hi .. Just wanted to clarify a point here >
Your partner will definately not be able to sponsor you .. thats only for the
wife / husband & you have to show all passport's etc .. so no way of getting around that .. the other point is yes Brits can come into Dubai on a Visit Visa but it has to be renewed every 30 days .......... not 6 mths

so basically you would have to take a short flight to Doha / Bahrain etc & you can come back into Dubai the same day or other option is to drive to Oman / Hatta & get your passport stamped at any of these borders .. this would be only until you get a Resident Visa

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