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UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

Male to Male relationships: Not Legal
Punishments for male to male relationships: Imprisonment of 10 years or more
Female to Female Relationships: Not Legal
Marriage and Substitutes for Marriage: No law
Adoption: No
Gay or lesbian able to serve in the armed forces: No

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Does UNITED ARAB EMIRATES recognize your same-sex marriage from another country?
No (0 %) Yes, but as an unequal civil union (0 %) Yes, but as an equal civil union (0 %) Yes (0 %)

The UNITED ARAB EMIRATES country survey is populated by LGBTI groups who have acted as liaisons with ILGA to identify issues affecting the LGBTI community.

Organizations were asked to discuss 4 broad subjects: the law, the mood (the social climate), the LGBTI movement as well as what would be, according to them, the most pressing campaign in their country.

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What are the laws and policies like for LGBTI people in your country?

Male to Male Relationships

Are male to male sexual relationships legal?
Not Legal

If unclear, how so?
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Was it illegal at any given time in your country's history?
N/A

When was the law introduced? (DD/MM/YYYY)
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When was the law removed? (DD/MM/YYYY)
N/A

What is the name of this law? (if applicable - please give chapter and section)
Article 80 of the Dubai Penal Code criminalise consensual sodomy.
Article 177 of the Abu Dhabi Penal Code criminalise consensual sodomy.

What is the full text of this law?
All sexual acts outside of heterosexual marriage are banned in the United Arab Emirates. However, whether sodomy is punished with death penalty remains in dispute.
The Arabic text of article 354 is ambiguously phrased and can be translated in different ways.
Some sources indicate that the article punishes rape of a woman or forced sodomy with a man, while others indicate that it punishes rape on women and sodomy between men. The semi-official translation used by attorneys in the Emirates states that “any individual who forcibly compels a woman to carnal copulation or a man to sodomy” is punished by death. In a German parliamentary report the article has been translated as follows:
“Irrespective of the provisions of the Act on Delinquent and Vagrant Juveniles, any person who forcibly engages in sexual intercourse with a woman, or a homosexual act with a homosexual, shall be punished with the death penalty. Coercion shall be recognised if the condemned person was fourteen years of age at the time of the commission of the offence.” Sofer, on the other hand, means that the article can be translated differently;
“Whoever commits rape on a female or sodomy with a male”.
Amnesty International, finally, considers article 354 to apply to rape only, and not to consensual same-sex acts. However, the organization states that the “Zina” provision according to Sharia law, punishing sexual acts by married persons outside of marriage by death, could possible apply in the UAE, although it is not aware of any such death sentences for consensual same-sex conduct.

Apart from federal law, consensual sodomy is criminalised in the emirates of Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Article 80 of the Dubai Penal Code punishes sodomy with a penalty of up to 14 years imprisonment, while article 177 of the Abu Dhabi Penal Code punishes such acts with a penalty of up to ten years imprisonment.

What exactly is prohibited?
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What are the punishments?
Imprisonment of 10 years or more

Were there men in jail or punished for same sex activity in the last twelve months in your country?
N/A

Are hate crimes based on sexual orientation considered an aggravating circumstance?
N/A

Incitement to hatred based on sexual orientation is prohibited?
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Female to Female Relationships

Are female to female sexual relations legal?
Not Legal

If unclear, how so?
N/A

Does the law applying for men also apply for women?
N/A

Was it illegal at any given time in your country's history?
N/A

When was the law introduced? (DD/MM/YYYY)
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When was the law removed? (DD/MM/YYYY)
N/A

What is the name of this law? (if applicable - please give chapter and section)
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What is the full text of this law?
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What exactly is prohibited?
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What are the punishments?
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Were there women in jail or punished for same sex activity in the last twelve months?
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Age of Consent

Are there any age of consent laws for straight men or women?
N/A

Are the age of consent laws different for straight women to those for men?
N/A

What is the age of consent for males?
N/A

What is the age of consent for females?
N/A

Is there a different age of consent law for lesbians and gay men to that for straight men and women?
N/A

Is there a different age of consent law for lesbians to that for gay men?
N/A

What is the age of consent for gay women?
N/A

What is the age of consent for gay men?
N/A

What is the name of this law? (if applicable - please give chapter and section)
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What is the full text of this law?
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Was the age of consent different between LGBTI/Hetero people in any given time of your country's history?
N/A

When was the law introduced? (DD/MM/YYYY)
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When was the law removed? (DD/MM/YYYY)
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Freedom of association, of expression

Does the country have laws protecting freedom of expression?
N/A

When was the law introduced? (DD/MM/YYYY)
N/A

What is the name of this law? (if applicable - please give chapter and section)
N/A

What is the full text of this law?
N/A

Does the country have laws protecting freedom of association?
N/A

When was the law introduced? (DD/MM/YYYY)
N/A

What is the name of this law? (if applicable - please give chapter and section)
N/A

What is the full text of this law?
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Are public demonstrations (marches,protest,parades,etc) by sexual minorities permitted?
N/A

Were public authorities usually collaborative at last events?
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Here you can list the various times this occurred and tell us what happened then
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Did recent events see episodes of violence?
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Here you can list the various times this occurred and tell us what happened then
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Marriage and Substitutes for Marriage

Is there any type of legal recognition for same sex relationships?
No

What types of same sex partnerships are recognized?
No law

If unclear, how so?
N/A

What is the name of this law? (if applicable - please give chapter and section)
N/A

What is the full text of this law?
N/A

When was the law introduced? (DD/MM/YYYY)
N/A

Does the country recognize same sex partnerships or marriages when couples immigrate?
N/A

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LGBTI Families/Parenting

Can gay or lesbian individuals adopt children?
No

In which areas can individuals adopt?
N/A

What is the name of this law? (if applicable - please give chapter and section)
N/A

What is the full text of this law?
N/A

When was the law introduced? (DD/MM/YYYY)
N/A

Can same sex couples adopt children together?
No

In which areas can couples adopt?
N/A

What is the name of this law? (if applicable - please give chapter and section)
N/A

What is the full text of this law?
N/A

When was the law introduced? (DD/MM/YYYY)
N/A

Is second parent adoption by same sex couples legal?
N/A

In which areas is second parent adoption legal?
N/A

Legal recognition of parental role of a non biological parent
N/A

In which areas?
N/A

What is the name of the law (chapter,section...) ?
N/A

What is the full text of this law?
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When was the law introduced? (DD/MM/YYYY)
N/A

Lesbians can receive donor insemination services and fertility treatments
N/A

In which areas?
N/A

What is the name of this law? (if applicable - please give chapter and section)
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What is the full text of this law?
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When was the law introduced? (DD/MM/YYYY)
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Anti-discrimination laws

Does the law prohibit discrimination on the ground of sexual orientation?
No

In which areas?
N/A

What is the name of this law? (if applicable - please give chapter and section)
N/A

What is the full text of this law?
N/A

When was the law introduced? (DD/MM/YYYY)
N/A

Does the law ban discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation in employment?
No

What is the name of this law? (if applicable - please give chapter and section)
N/A

What is the full text of this law?
N/A

When was the law introduced? (DD/MM/YYYY)
N/A

Are trade unions actively supporting LGBTI people in the country?
No

Laws banning discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation in social services
No

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Armed forces

Gay or lesbian able to serve in the armed forces
No

What is the name of this law? (if applicable - please give chapter and section)
N/A

What is the full text of this law?
N/A

When was the law introduced? (DD/MM/YYYY)
N/A

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Asylum and Immigration

Prohibition on entry into the country by LGB people
N/A

Country grants asylum on the basis of sexual orientation
N/A

What is the name of this law? (if applicable - please give chapter and section)
N/A

What is the full text of this law?
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When was the law introduced? (DD/MM/YYYY)
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Blood donation

Is blood donation by men who have sex with men permitted?
No

Is blood donation by women who have sex with women permitted?
N/A

Is a man who’s had sex with another man banned from donating blood permanently?
Yes

Is a woman who’s had sex with another woman banned from donating blood permanently?
N/A

Is a man who’s had sex with another man banned from donating blood for a certain period of time?
N/A

How long is the ban?
N/A

Is a woman who’s had sex with another woman banned from donating blood for a certain period of time?
N/A

How long is the ban?
N/A

Does a law mention this?
N/A

When was the law introduced? (DD/MM/YYYY)
N/A

What is the full text of this law?
UAE Blood Donors ; Eligibility Guidelines, Private Questions, Have you: Male: had sexual contact with anoter male?

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Gender identity

Is there a clear legal difference between homosexuality and transgenderism?
N/A

Do the same laws that ban homosexuality apply for trans individuals?
N/A

Laws prohibiting discrimination on the ground of gender identity
N/A

In which areas?
N/A

What is the name of this law? (if applicable - please give chapter and section)
N/A

What is the full text of this law?
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When was the law introduced? (DD/MM/YYYY)
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Is transgenderism classified as an illness?
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What is the name of this law? (if applicable - please give chapter and section)
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What is the full text of this law?
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When was the law introduced? (DD/MM/YYYY)
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Were there individuals in jail or punished for being transgender in the last twelve months in your country?
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Is sex reassignment treatment and/or surgery under legal control?
N/A

What is the name of this law? (if applicable - please give chapter and section)
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What is the full text of this law?
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When was the law introduced? (DD/MM/YYYY)
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Is it possible to change your gender on official documents?
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What are the requirements for one to change their gender?
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What is the name of this law? (if applicable - please give chapter and section)
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What is the full text of this law?
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When was the law introduced? (DD/MM/YYYY)
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Is it possible to change your name on official documents?
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What are the requirements to change your name?
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What is the name of this law? (if applicable - please give chapter and section)
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What is the full text of this law?
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When was the law introduced? (DD/MM/YYYY)
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Does the law ban discrimination on the basis of gender identity in employment?
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What is the name of this law? (if applicable - please give chapter and section)
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What is the full text of this law?
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When was the law introduced? (DD/MM/YYYY)
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Laws banning discrimination on the basis of gender identity in social services
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Trans individuals able to serve in the armed forces
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Country grants asylum on the basis of gender identity
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Does a law mention this?
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Is it often applied?
N/A

How regularly?
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When was the last time it was applied?
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Have the country’s citizens been granted asylum on the basis of gender identity?
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Are hate crimes based on gender identity considered an aggravating circumstance?
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HIV/AIDS

What estimated percentage of the population is HIV+?
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Compulsory testing for HIV
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What is the full text of this law?
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Is it often applied?
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How regularly?
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When was the last time it was applied?
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Country can place people with HIV in quarantine
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What is the full text of this law?
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Is it often applied?
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How regularly?
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When was the last time it was applied?
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Country can ban foreigners with HIV from entry
Yes

What is the full text of this law?
N/A

Is it often applied?
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How regularly?
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When was the last time it was applied?
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Country can expel foreigners with HIV
Yes

What is the full text of this law?
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Is it often applied?
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How regularly?
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When was the last time it was applied?
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Antiretroviral drugs provided by the government
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Please Specify
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