I break my Dubai gay club virginity at one of the most popular hangouts.Entering via an underground car park on a Saturday evening, my male friend and I encounter the uneven door policies that are rife throughout gay venues (a vague attempt to curb gay activity).
A province of the United Arab Emirates governed by a dictatorial royal family and a tourism hotspot attracting the gaze of the world thanks to its constant sunshine and headline-grabbing world’s “biggest” and “tallest” buildings, shopping malls and man-made islands.
Like Las Vegas, Dubai was built in a desert from nothing and like Vegas, Dubai (in the Arab world anyway) is known as sin city.
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ON the surface, being gay in Dubai sounds like a dangerous prospect.
I also quickly learn that, if you know the right people, there are a raft of unofficial parties going on in plush villas across the emirate.
And while the UAE employs strict censors to prevent access to pornography or dating websites, an easily downloadable program bypasses censors to allow access to dating and hook-up sites, such as Grindr and Tinder.
Soon after arriving in order to secure a working visa I’m tested for HIV (any expat with the disease is immediately repatriated, alongside anyone found to have tuberculosis).
At my publishing company, I’m told in no uncertain terms to avoid using gay references within stories which — when writing celebrity, pop culture and fashion — was particularly difficult.
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