The United Arab Emirates includes the Emirates of Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Ras al-Khaimah, Umm Al Quwain, Ajman, Fujairah and Sharjah.Sexual relations outside a traditional, heterosexual marriage are a crime. Punishments range from jail time, fines, deportation, and the death penalty.
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Both civil law and Sharia criminalize homosexual activity.
Under Sharia[,] the death penalty is the punishment for individuals who engage in consensual homosexual activity.
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.
The government in the UAE has restricted access to various websites and monitors chat rooms, instant messages and blogs.
There were only few reports of prosecutions and punishments but many people on the Internet censor their conversations and identity in gay chat rooms.
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.
Article 354 of the Federal Penal Code states, "Whoever commits rape on a female or sodomy with a male shall be punished by death." While English translations of the Arabic text are in some dispute, it is generally felt that this is a prohibition against rape, and possibly consensual sodomy.
The Federal Penal Code does not replace the legal system of each emirate, unless it is contrary to the federal law, and thus Sharia law remains in place.
Hence a person could be charged on this federal penal code, or under a local (emirate) penal code.
In 2013, it was announced that all the Gulf Cooperative Countries had agreed to establish some form of, yet unknown, testing in order to ban and deport gay foreigners.