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Queer Travel Tips for Dubai

Dubai is a city where you can truly experience extreme luxury and some say it even allows you to touch the future (whatever that means). People come to Dubai for unforgettable impressions, a powerful charge of energy, and incredible emotions. Dubai has the tallest buildings in the world, the most beautiful and largest fountains, amusement parks, and much more. People go to Dubai for various reasons and we would be lying if we didn’t mention that it’s slightly scary to think of visiting considering their horrendous laws against queers. That said, there are aspects that some of us would like to experience nonetheless so we’ve created this handy guide.

Before we get into the details of this article, we want to address that it’s essential to have open and honest conversations about LGBTQ+ travel destinations and safety. When it comes to Dubai and the UAE, it’s crucial to be aware of the local laws and attitudes. While you should never have to hide who you are, it’s true that being openly lesbian or queer in the UAE can have devastating consequences due to strict laws and societal attitudes. It’s a good idea to research and plan your trip with safety in mind. The laws in the UAE are very severe when it comes to homosexuality. Punishments can include prison sentences, fines, deportation, and, in some cases, even the death penalty. For this, you can check out Stonewall’s handy guide on UAE.

With that in mind and your safety list checked off, read below for info on the best things to do in Dubai.

white and gray high rise buildings near body of water during daytime

Where to begin? Rent a Car in Dubai

First, for a successful trip, you need to decide on a car. Fortunately, the car rental system in Dubai is very developed. It is in Dubai that you can rent the best brands and most expensive cars for your trips, but the best thing is that renting will not cost a lot of money, which allows you to choose a car that suits your financial capabilities. For regular trips, Mercedes car rental Dubai is suitable for you. Here you can choose different Mercedes models that can suit different trips. Rented cars are prepared in the best condition and have all the necessary documentation and insurance. The rental company’s employees will organise everything for you, and you just need to sign a couple of papers, pick up the keys, and enjoy the trip.

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Things to Do in Dubai

Extreme Trip. Buggy Tour

What lesbian doesn’t like extreme sports? And if you do love extreme sports, a Dubai desert buggy tour through the Arabian Desert will appeal to you! This is a beautiful opportunity to feel like a real conqueror of sand dunes and just have a great time. A tour in the Lahbab desert will give you an unforgettable experience – sand bursting out from under the wheels, blood pounding in your veins, speed, the roar of
the engine, and adrenaline! Be sure to take a souvenir photo for the gram obvs, and if you’re not a fan of the buggy a traditional tour in a comfortable jeep is an excellent alternative to a buggy!

Travel in a convertible

In Dubai, you may rent a Ferrari, Porsche, Lamborghini, or any other convertible for a day or longer. This is an excellent way to ride along the shore, enjoy the sea wind, and soak up the rays. The convertible will make you feel truly free when driving it on the highway outside the city. It can’t be compared to any other car. The sensations are rather closer to what you experience when riding a motorcycle. Night trips around the city are a special pleasure. You can say that you are not driving, but walking.

a white sports car parked in front of a city skyline

Night under the stars

What could be more epic than admiring the stars on a warm night? Of course, do it in a car. To do this, you can rent a convertible, allowing you to travel outside the city and enjoy beautiful views of the night sky. Or rent a car with a panoramic roof. These cars include some Tesla models. Also, such cars will allow you to stay in the open air all night in cool weather and allow you to watch the dawn.

green tree on desert during nighttime

Check out the Dubai Fountain Show

It’s a mesmerizing water and light show right next to the Burj Khalifa. Best viewed in the evening. The fountain show is known for its perfectly synchronized water jets that dance to the rhythm of music and colourful lighting. The choreography is simply breathtaking.

Dubai Marina

Stroll along the marina, dine at waterfront restaurants, and enjoy a more laid-back side of the city. Dubai Marina is known for its diverse culinary scene. You’ll find a wide range of restaurants offering international cuisine, from fine dining to casual eateries.

high rise buildings near body of water during daytime

Relax at Jumeirah Beach

Enjoy the sun, sand, and sea at this beautiful beach. It’s a perfect spot to unwind. Whilst here you can also visit the Jumeirah Corniche. This walking and jogging track stretches along the coast and offers stunning views of the beach and the Arabian Gulf.

a view of the burj al arab hotel from the beach

Visit the Burj Khalifa

You can’t go to Dubai and not see the world’s tallest building. The view from the top is breathtaking. You can buy tickets online in advance through the official Burj Khalifa website or at the ticket counter in the Dubai Mall. Booking in advance is recommended to secure your preferred time slot.

If you’ve chosen the At The Top Sky, you can relax in the lounge and enjoy complimentary refreshments.

city during day

We’ve only mentioned a few ideas to turn a vehicle ride into a romantic excursion. Then it’s
only a matter of fantasy. We are confident that there are hundreds more possibilities
available to make your trip and time spent romantic and memorable.

Safety Tips for Queer Travellers in Dubai

Choose LGBTQ+ Friendly Hotels

Some international hotel chains in Dubai are known for being LGBTQ+ friendly. Staying at such hotels can provide a more inclusive and welcoming environment.

Be Discreet

While Dubai is more tolerant than some other places in the region, it’s generally advised to be discreet about your sexual orientation. Public displays of affection, even among heterosexual couples, can be frowned upon.

Online and Offline Safety

Exercise caution on social media and dating apps. Be mindful of what you share online, and consider meeting people in safe and public places.

Enjoy LGBTQ+ Friendly Spaces

While there are no openly LGBTQ+ bars or clubs in Dubai, there are places where LGBTQ+ travellers are more accepted. Check online forums or LGBTQ+ travel guides for up-to-date information.

Remember to stay safe and be mindful of local laws and customs, especially if you’re part of the LGBTQ+ community. Enjoy your trip to Dubai.

Team Nonchalant x

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This article was written by one of our creative team writers here at Nonchalant Magazine.

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