Punishments range from jail time, fines, and deportation.
Adultery and fornication are also crimes, and a person convicted of homosexuality may also face charges of adultery if they have an opposite sex spouse while having sexual relations with a person of the same sex.
The legal and social sanctions against LGBT people mean that no formal LGBT organizations or nightclubs exist in Dubai.
One nightclub called the Diamond Club sponsored a special night for the LGBT community, featuring a British cross-dressing DJ, only to be shut down by the Government.
In discussing the raid, Mohammed bin Nukhaira Al Dhahiri, Minister of Justice, Islamic Affairs and Auqaf stated, “There will be no room for homosexual and queer acts in the UAE.
Our society does not accept queer behaviour, either in word or in action”.
Article 80 of the Abu Dhabi Penal Code makes sodomy punishable with imprisonment of up to 14 years.
Several news reports have revealed how the law is typically enforced. In 2005, twenty-six young men were arrested at an Abu Dhabi hotel after police discovered the men engaging in cross-dressing and homosexual practices.
There were no prosecutions for homosexual activity during ... At times[,] the government subjected persons to psychological treatment and counseling for homosexual activity. The government deported cross-dressing foreign residents and referred citizens to public prosecutors.Hence a person could be charged on this federal penal code, or under a local (emirate) penal code.Despite the penal code's mention of a death penalty, executions for same-sex sexual conduct have not been implemented in the country.The country’s only service provider of internet has a proxy server which blocks any website that goes against the country’s moral values.Sites regarding dating or marriage, LGBT issues, the Baha’I faith, Israel or sites related to unblocking the censorship are all inaccessible.