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Share your experiences in UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - Let others know what it’s like to be LGBTI in your country! If an experience is meaningful for you, it will probably be meaningful for someone else. On whatever topic, whether good or bad, your story is how the world knows about your country and LGBTI life. By selecting tags that mark the topic your story, others can learn from your experience.
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montasir naif (user currently living in UNITED ARAB EMIRATES) posted for gay readers on 12/08/2010 +0
Dear Sir/Madam ,
First of all I would like to thank your Assosiation for all your efforts and your hard works to keep the human rights all over the world.
It is my pleasure to introduce myself to you.
My name is Montasir Abdelfatah Naif Palestinian hold (Palestinian Egyptian document) 26 years was born in United Arab Emirates.
I would like to show you my problem and I hope that you can help me.

I have lived here in the UAE for over 26 years and I am a gay man. I do not know if you can help me, but any form of advice is welcomed. As a Palestinian person here in the UAE my sexuality is illegal. I do not have any passport other than an Egyptian Palestinian document as the UAE Assosiation did not give me the passport or at least a permanent visa although I was born in the UAE and I don't have any criminal record as well I have a bachelor degree. I cannot leave the country or even work here in the UAE as I find many difficulties to obtain any work due to my nationality. I donot have any civil rights due to my nationality and no body respect me here and I am treated as third or fourth class person also if somebody knows that I am gay he/she avoid me immediately. As you know as a plaestinian I cannot go back to my country Palestine because it is occupied by Israel and I am banned to come back by the Israeli governmet.
I am sure that you are a very busy, but I implore you to help me in some way if you can. I have written to so many people, but they ignore me. I feel so helpless and depressed. What can I do to improve my life? I read about your Assosiation and know that you help the humanity and human rights. I am sure you realize how Palestinians are suffering here and this is made worse due to my sexuality.

Please can you give me some kind of advice if you can or how to get asylum. I have been assured that your Assosiation is good and with a lot of principals and morals. I would really appreciate your advice in any form
At last I am so confident that you will do the best to help me.

Many thanks,
Montasir Abdelfatah Naif
Email: montasir_7404772@hotmail.com
Mobile No: 00971501087736
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Onymous (user currently living in UNITED ARAB EMIRATES) posted for lesbian readers on 14/06/2012 +0
My story is nothing special‌ Just want to live my life on my own term like everybody else. But our current society often stops us from doing so. For instance I want to get married to my partner with whom I have been living in with for the past four and half years, in the middle east. And as per social norms, we are just ‘room-mates’! We are planning to get married as well but again, due to the social norms, we are unable to do so!
We are planning to move to Canada in the near future. I will be going there first as a student and then would bring her there. Now for that we will have to prove we are partners! We tried to open a joint account but were unable to do so! We tried to put both out names in the house contract but again were unable to do so! So what do we do now? Staying separate till I finish my studies is just not an option for us!
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