Homosexuality
    ✖ Illegal (death penalty as punishment)
    Gay Marriage
    ✖ Banned
    Censorship
    ✖ Imprisonment as punishment
    Changing Gender
    ✖ Illegal
    Gender-Affirming Care
    ✔ Legal
    Non-Binary Gender Recognition
    ✖ Not legally recognized
    Discrimination
    ✖ No protections
    Employment Discrimination
    ✖ No protections
    Housing Discrimination
    ✖ No protections
    Adoption
    ✖ Illegal
    Intersex Infant Surgery
    Unknown
    Military
    ✖ Illegal
    Donating Blood
    ✖ Banned (indefinite deferral)
    Conversion Therapy
    ✖ Not banned
    Age of Consent
    N/A
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of Emiratis strongly or somewhat agree that being LGBTI should be a crime
of Emiratis strongly or somewhat disagree that being LGBTI should be a crime
of Emiratis neither agree nor disagree that being LGBTI should be a crime

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History

Homosexual activity in United Arab Emirates

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Homosexual activity in United Arab Emirates is illegal (death penalty as punishment).

Current status
Illegal (death penalty as punishment)
LGBT activities are illegal in the UAE. Punishments (under sharia law) include death, life in prison, floggings, fines, deportation, chemical castration, forced psychological treatments, honor killings, beatings, forced anal examinations, forced hormone injections, and torture.
Apr 1, 1991–Jan 9, 1999
Male illegal, female uncertain
Article 354 of the Federal Penal Code could be Imprisonment,fines, floggings,and deportation for foreigners
In Abu Dhabi Article 80 of the Penal Code punishable by imprisonment of up to 14 years. In Dubai Article 177 of the Penal Code imposes imprisonment of up to 10 years . Not enforced .If you a travelers or foreigner you will be in jail followed by deportation or directed deportation
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Dec 8, 1990–Apr 1, 1991
Illegal (imprisonment as punishment)
There are no known instances of imposition of the death penalty, or sentences to life in prison, according to the US Department of State, Amnesty and the ILGA. Prison sentences, fines, floggings, and deportation for foreign nationals, are known to have been consequences of suspected or established same-sex sexual conduct.

Same-sex marriage in United Arab Emirates

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Same-sex marriage in United Arab Emirates is banned.

Current status
Since Jan 1, 1987
Banned
Same-sex marriage in the United Arab Emirates is not legal.
Sources:
no source
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Dec 31, 1986–Dec 31, 1986
Unrecognized
Homosexuality is currently illegal.
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Censorship of LGBT issues in United Arab Emirates

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Censorship of LGBT issues in United Arab Emirates is imprisonment as punishment.

Current status
Imprisonment as punishment
In United Arab Emirates access to many websites discussing LGBTQ+ topics is blocked by ISPs.
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Right to change legal gender in United Arab Emirates

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Right to change legal gender in United Arab Emirates is illegal.

Current status
Since Sep 6, 2019
Illegal
There is no longer a right to change one’s legal gender.
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Dec 28, 2016–Sep 5, 2018
Legal, but requires surgery
In 2016, the UAE amended its federal medical liability law to permit sex reassignment surgery, but only in certain circumstances. The law specifies that these procedures should only be permitted for intersex individuals and not for purely psychiatric ones.
The law also states that surgeons who operate on people who don't fit the requirements set forth by the same statute would be held criminally liable.
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Gender-affirming care in United Arab Emirates

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Gender-affirming care in United Arab Emirates is legal.

Current status
Since 2018
Legal
In 2018, United Arab Emirates adopted the ICD-10 classification, which contains codes for diagnosing transsexualism in adulthood and childhood, which authorize the initiation of medical transition.
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Legal recognition of non-binary gender in United Arab Emirates

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Legal recognition of non-binary gender in United Arab Emirates is not legally recognized.

Current status
Not legally recognized
"Cross Dressing" is illegal in the UAE. Transgenderism is banned. Non-binary genders are not recognized.
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LGBT discrimination in United Arab Emirates

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LGBT discrimination in United Arab Emirates is no protections.

Current status
Since Dec 2, 1971
No protections
The UAE constitution, which came into effect on December 2, 1971, does not reference any protections against discrimination on the basis of gender or sexuality.
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LGBT employment discrimination in United Arab Emirates

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LGBT employment discrimination in United Arab Emirates is no protections.

Current status
Since Dec 2, 1971
No protections
The UAE constitution, which came into effect on December 2, 1971, does not reference any protections against employment discrimination on the basis of gender or sexuality.
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LGBT housing discrimination in United Arab Emirates

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LGBT housing discrimination in United Arab Emirates is no protections.

Current status
Since Dec 2, 1971
No protections
The UAE constitution, which came into effect on December 2, 1971, does not reference any protections against housing discrimination on the basis of gender or sexuality.
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Same-sex adoption in United Arab Emirates

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Same-sex adoption in United Arab Emirates is illegal.

Current status
Illegal
Adoption for same-sex couples or single LGBT people is banned in the country due to anti-LGBT hate laws.
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Intersex infant surgery in United Arab Emirates

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Intersex infant surgery in United Arab Emirates is unknown.

Current status
Unknown

Serving openly in military in United Arab Emirates

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Serving openly in military in United Arab Emirates is illegal.

Current status
Illegal
If one says they are homosexual it is punishable by death penalty.
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Blood donations by MSMs in United Arab Emirates

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Blood donations by MSMs in United Arab Emirates is banned (indefinite deferral).

Current status
Banned (indefinite deferral)
It is illegal to be gay in the UAE
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Conversion therapy in United Arab Emirates

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Conversion therapy in United Arab Emirates is not banned.

Current status
Not banned
In 2011 Authorities subjected lgbt people to conversion therapy. From a 2011 Human rights report.
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Equal age of consent in United Arab Emirates

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Equal age of consent in United Arab Emirates is n/a.

Current status
N/A
Age of consent is not applicable because homosexuality is illegal in the United Arab Emirates.
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LGBT Rights by Emirate

View the LGBT laws in each individual emirate of United Arab Emirates.