Laws impacting gay travellers in Dubai

“It’s encouraging to see Dubai making steps toward positive change,” says Radha Stirling, founder of UAE legal watchdog Detained in Dubai. On the other hand, “In no way are they comprehensive protections for visitors and expats. The UAE has been scrutinized for serious human rights violations, wrongful arrests, arbitrary detentions, the outright theft of foreign investment, money laundering, and torture.”

“Some of these changes were long overdue and we are keen to see them in operation, while others are the public relations endeavors of a country in serious economic hardship.”