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26 May, 2008

Dubai Transvestite City

Located on The World's Isle of Lesbos, Dubai Transvestite City will be a mecca for cross-dressers, drag queens and assorted trannies, safely away from the somewhat less than enlightened eye of Dubai Police chief Lt Gen Dahi Khalfan Tamim:

"Dubai Police have made up their mind to tackle this problem strictly. Any man who dresses up and behaves like a woman in public or vice versa will be legally questioned and legal action will be taken against him," Dahi said.

What is to blame for this huge surge in "indecent" behaviour? Lt Gen Tamim blames coeducation: "I think studying in a mixed environment is the reason behind the increase in this problem. " Just last week, two ladies of lesbian persuasion were herded into Al Slammer for alleged fairy-flossing on a public beach:

Dubai: Two women who were standing trial for kissing and cuddling on a public beach have been sentenced to one a month prison term followed by deportation.

The women, a 30-year-old Lebanese visitor and 36-year-old Bulgarian employee, had pleaded not guilty to kissing, cuddling and sleeping on each other like a married couple before the Dubai Court of Misdemeanour.


No wonder Time Out Dubai doesn't have the gay entertainment section featured in other world editions of the magazine. The sad thing is that at least where transgender people are concerned, other supposedly more zealously Islamic nations such as Iran are far more tolerant than the UAE. In Iran it is actually possible to get transgender surgery and be fully recognised with an amended birth certificate and passport - more progressive in fact than many western nations.

Anyway the upshot is that anyone of non straight married monogamous vanilla persuasion is best off avoiding Dubai, unless the thrill of being able to do something "illicit" (but boringly legal in their own country) is some kind of draw. And the thrilling prospect of a longer, paid holiday at the UAE government's very own seven star Al Wathba hotel.


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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow! You mean we can't have a gay pride parade and compete with Rio de Janeiro when one (or many) of the Nahyan is gay and bashed a guy in Switzeland because he refused his sexual advances.
In a town when watchmen buttf..k each others because they cannot bring their wives over and do not earn enough to go to prostitute what should we make of this. Then again gender identity is beside the point in this context.

26 May, 2008 13:29  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just to save our Dubai PR dude some trouble, i might as well quote him in this context:

DUBAI PR SPEAK:
"Dubai is a wealthy, multicultural, cosmopolitan city.It's young, multi-ethnic and liberal attitude within the Middle East, makes Dubai City the perfect location"

:-)

26 May, 2008 17:07  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

since the dubai govt seems to be spending more time reading SD than buying journalists and glossing over truth, a message for them: pls get back to previous levels of PR spin efficiency. You guys are messing up big time and letting truth come out.

"Dubai's skyscrapers conceal city's labor abuse"
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/24809629/

26 May, 2008 17:15  
Blogger Muscato said...

Deeply strange, this sudden rush of virtue (and of fully bilingual menus). I think a lot of it is an anxious local reaction to the too-fast changes that have made citizens more or less irrelevant to the actual day-to-day life of Dubai - and pretty superficial (the last time we went out in Dubai a couple of weeks ago, the gay bars were hopping, and it was by no means only Westerners - I was with Egyptians, Saudis, Jordanians, and Emiratis).

What's next? Are they going to start making citizens go home to their wives instead of hanging out at Buddha Bar?

26 May, 2008 22:43  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Funny thing is that I was just watching the Beeb and they had Fastrack on. They were warning travellers not to come to Dubai with medication, and demonstrating that the Drug traces *on shoes or 3 poppy seeds" can lend one-s ass in jail.
Guess what? The word is out. Even Bin Sulaim Head of Tourism board or whatever managed to look a complete twat. The truth shall set you free.

27 May, 2008 00:09  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Paranoia will destroya.

27 May, 2008 00:09  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

how sad, i enjoyed my gay daze in Dubai, girls and bois and boyz alike. What is causing these WITCH HUNTS ? Does anyone know?

It is well known that most Arab boys have sex with each other and in groups, esp. in the UAEs best all boyz schools. Ask any teacher.

And the girls well, they enjoy one another as well, and yes in the stalls of the schools.

What's with the WITCH HUNT I ask?

And what qualifies as a girl dressing like a boy?

Dubai is really sad with its Islamic extremism rearing its deeply ugly head.
Too bad they don't take more action on HUMAN TRAFFICING and prostitution. And what about those underage Russian girls out on what's his names Yaght ???!!! We all know who uses them....

27 May, 2008 02:12  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

sorry for being off topic, but just to show how dubai welcomes singles coming to work in dubai ( read singles as asian, low salary, struggling to survive, not enough money to rent a 2000$ flat on own, hence decided to share in a country which is so progressive it denies them the right to live for landowners to make more money):

The Dubai Municipality has also issued eviction notices in villas in Satwa where bachelors stay along with families.
Dubai cracks down on 'multi-family' villas

By Alice Johnson, Staff Reporter
Published: May 27, 2008, 15:16

Dubai: Dubai Municipality is to spread its campaign against "multi-family villas" to all areas of the Emirate.

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa) will be cutting water and electricity connections at the end of the notice periods.

“The Municipality had notified the building owners and real estate companies not to rent out these premises to bachelors and to allow only one family to stay in a single residential unit.

A campaign against bachelors staying in family residential areas started in 2005. Rahman said they had issued warnings against making alterations inside villas to accommodate several families.

"It is against the rules and regulations regarding building safety as well as the social and urban planning norms,” he said.

27 May, 2008 16:26  
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27 May, 2008 17:52  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous 27 May, 2008 16:26

Bunch of young horny single bachelor in a flat generates promiscuity in the eyes of Dubai Municipality. This is exactly why in KSA they have Bachelor and Married housing segregation.
Ironically, if you a single Asian employed as a driver in KSA you get to ferry and mingle with a lot of lonely horny women :-)

27 May, 2008 17:54  
Blogger rosh said...

Anon 16:26: Family folk in Dubai are the ones complaining, given rising bachelor folk across the UAE.

I don't think being a bachelor is the problem - I have several friends who are single - men & women, who share apartments and homes across DXB & SHJ.

However, let's be honest, some of the Asian labour bachelors, am sorry to say, just do not come across with a pleasant vibe - people, especially family folk feel uneasy amongst them. Haven't you seen women at the beaches, constantly stared at?

My folks have witnessed a huge influx of labour folk in our neighbourhood at SHJ. Trust me, this age old well maintained neighbourhood, became a shanty town. Kids wouldn't go out to play in the park as much, women didn't take walks as much - until, SHJ cops and municipality moved in and relocated the bachelor folks. I guess in a way, it's also given the various conservative communities which make up family neighbourhoods across the UAE.

I agree, alternative low income housing with facilities who'd expect anywhere else across UAE, must be in place - none of that labour camp crap.

27 May, 2008 17:57  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

to all of you above who have shared their point of view on segregating bachelors from decent folks in dubai:

there must be a fundamental issue here.

1)bachelors = rape? not sure. many times it has been emirati locals = sodomy of foreigners. does it mean all emirati locals would be evicted from their residences?

2) often crimes are committed by married people here also. so ban married people from uae?

3)sorry, bachelors hanging around are a blight on your civilised world. they have nothing else they can do than hang around and watch. everything is unaffordable for them to go sit someplace. they have to go back to a room of 30 people, so streets are preferable.

4) these are not exactly murderers and thugs, if they were they would not be coming and doing this shit job. they would be better off in their own country peddling their wares.

5)you cannot deny poor people the right to road and fresh air and life, just because you made more money and dont want to be seen or see them. I know this is how it is in dubai, but the world is not meant this way. They are under privileged, so give them some place to go sit, instead of banning them from everywhere. they are already missing their independence, their human status, and their families.

6) And not to forget, they are building your country one way or the other. solution may not be to invite them to live in your house, but atleast give them an alternative than just ban them from any little life they are having here to keep their sanity.

27 May, 2008 18:09  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Lt Gen Tamim blames coeducation: "I think studying in a mixed environment is the reason behind the increase in this problem. "

So like suddenly studying in co-education systems is the reason for the increase in transvestism? I mean, please. I can't even be bothered to counter-argue this naive reasoning.

28 May, 2008 00:12  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

yea.. i really dont understand all this hassle abt men in women clothes and visa versa... since we all know very well who live and who have been in dubai.... that in dubai and uae can be found everything... and yes.. i agree with comments that mostly locals and arabs generally are bisexual... they like being with man and having sexual intercourse... when i was there the first time.. even i am neither feminin nor showing i am gay... i was stared at many points... so common, dont deny something whatexists in UAE for a long time.... and by the way... arabs are sexy... and locals and saudis especially.. since they are always horny :-) ...

28 May, 2008 03:49  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So this Lt gen dude blames coeducation for the rise in gender crossing! Then the report points out that this is most common in MALE and FEMALE ONLY schools! What an idiot! surely seperating genders is MORE LIKELY to cause homosexuality and transvestism as most informed observers would agree. If you ain't got boys/girls in your school the there will always be some 'ladyboys' to fill that gap!!

28 May, 2008 12:14  
Blogger Three-Legs Alice said...

studying in a mixed environment breeds transexual persuasions??? Oh... my... lord.

Sorry, but that is a very big load of poop, it's taking me a while to register.

Meanwhile, Gulf hypocrisy reigns supreme

29 May, 2008 00:09  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So if the road toll is supposed to decrease traffic would a tax on cross-dressing reduce the number of transvestites? ; )

29 May, 2008 16:35  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

by the same rule, where i come from, all arabs should be hanged for transvestitism for the white maxi they all wear

29 May, 2008 18:44  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To have the Chief of Police go on record with a comment like this, really shows you that there is little difference between a Banana Republic and Dubai.
The only difference is the thin gold veneer. You are no safer and secure in Dubai that you could have been under Mobutu in what was then Zaire or Bokassa in Central Africa. It is just that in today's day and age with Internet and the media Dubai needs to control its image to attract even more capital.

30 May, 2008 10:40  
Anonymous Tim Newman said...

Dubai Police have made up their mind to tackle this problem strictly. Any man who dresses up and behaves like a woman in public...

Such as wearing dress-like garments, holding hands with other men, and kissing each other in the complete absence of women?

30 May, 2008 11:19  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh how I love the land of Dubya. I was wondering why so many men were looking at the bra section of Woolworths - tut tut.

03 June, 2008 09:10  
Blogger Shaper85 said...

Wassamatter? You never heard of man boobs?

03 June, 2008 10:08  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

off-topic sorry

"Mohammad Asif arrested at Dubai airport for possessing hashish
Tuesday, 03 June , 2008, 10:33
Last Updated: Tuesday, 03 June , 2008, 11:00

Dubai: Pakistani fast bowler Mohammad Asif was reportedly arrested on Sunday at the Dubai airport for possessing hashish."

Now let us sit back and wait for the banana republic owners to let him go scot free for some extra consideration, ,like saying to media how he loves dubai, and is designing a new hotel in dubai, and is moving to dubai. all while thousands to innocents are lying in jail for 4 years for drinking codeine as medicine

03 June, 2008 12:14  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

India plans huge 'liberty' statue
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/7433486.stm
Why did not Dubai think of that?

04 June, 2008 00:22  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

well dubai is not exactly know for original thinking, nor for liberty, is it?
now they will have the intellectual brainwave to go ahead and think of a statue twice this height.

04 June, 2008 13:04  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The UAE is so hypocrit!
Watch this video...
Prostitution in Dubai, WHILE THE POLICE IS THERE AND WATCHING THEM!

http://nl.youtube.com/watch?v=ufDatAhLzV8&feature=related

04 June, 2008 17:56  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ethnic cleansing of asians from parts of dubai ( which is a well known but unprinted policy):

Families in Rashidiya move out fearing utilities will be cut off

By Alice Johnson, Staff Reporter
Published: June 05, 2008, 00:09

Dubai Families are moving out of the Rashidiya area, in fear that their electricity and water will be cut off.

Dubai Municipality is cracking down on multi-family villas in the area - a policy that is to spread to other areas in Dubai.

Scared families were unwilling to give their names or initials, for fear of retribution by the authorities.

http://www.gulfnews.com/nation/Housing_and_Property/10218607.html

05 June, 2008 12:10  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

UAE PR : "UAE HAS WARM AND WELCOMING SUNNY WEATHER ROUND THE YEAR"

THE TRUTH:

Hotter days ahead with rising humidity

By Aftab Kazmi, Bureau Chief
Published: June 05, 2008, 00:09

Al Ain: Weathermen have forecast more days of brutal heat, saying temperature may go as high as 49 degrees Celsius later this month.

A current hot spell has pushed mercury as high as 47C in Al Ain and its surrounding areas on Wednesday, forcing people to stay in-doors after midday.

Other cities away from the coastline such as Liwa and Madina Zayed also experienced scorching heat ranging from 44 to 46 degrees Celsius.

Once humidity start increasing, the conditions would be tougher in the costal cities.

Warning

"Temperature always remains in the mid-40C during this time of the year, and it is very hot for human body to withstand," said a meteorologist.

Relief will be minimal in the coastal areas and cities where humidity would shoot up to 90 per cent.

WELCOME TO DUBAI!!

05 June, 2008 12:15  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A blatant example of cross dressing condoned by the Law.
http://www.gulfnews.com/news/gulf/bahrain/10218904.html

Lawyers agree to wear black robes

By Habib Toumi, Bureau Chief
Published: June 06, 2008, 00:12

Manama: Bahrain's lawyers will wear the black robe as part of their profession starting September 1, the head of the Bahrain Bar Society has said.

"The society members have agreed to start wearing the robe with the opening of the new judiciary year. But it will be a matter of choice because there is no text that binds lawyers to wear the gown," Jameela Salman said yesterday.

"The standard black robe attire is worn by male and female lawyers in most Arab countries and in all Gulf states, except Bahrain, and it is about time that lawyers started wearing it in order to distinguish them from other people," she said.

Jameela who was last year elected to head the bar society denied claims that lawyers had refused to put on the robes.

06 June, 2008 06:51  
Blogger dynamania said...

Why pushing gay/lesbo rights in a place that doesn't approve them? What would you do when they FORCE their islamic learnings on your own society? Can we be fair for a "second" for God sake?

Gay rights does not have nothing to do with the charastristics of the place. Get Real.

06 June, 2008 12:34  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Property buyers 'have right to residence visa'
http://www.gulfnews.com/nation/Immigration_and_Visas/10218957.html

More holes in that story than Swiss cheese. Whatever you do, do NOT buy in Dubai. You will get f....d.

07 June, 2008 00:38  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

THE WAY DUBAI PR PLAYS WITH FACTS ( FROM GULF NEWS, TODAY)

Dubai leads Middle East countries in quality of living for residents, according to latest survey.
UAE residents 'happiest and safest throughout Middle East'

By Nina Muslim, Staff Reporter
Published: June 10, 2008, 18:27

Dubai: UAE residents are the happiest and safest among all cities in the Middle East, according to a quality of living survey of 215 cities, with Dubai coming tops, followed by Abu Dhabi.


THE REAL TRUTH YOU CAN READ HERE:
http://www.citymayors.com/features/quality_survey.html

"Middle East and Africa:
Cape Town (80) in South Africa and Port Louis in Mauritius are the region’s cities with the best quality of living followed by Dubai (83) and Abu Dhabi (87)"

DUBAI IS NOWHERE IN TOP 50 CITIES IN THE WORLD, IN FACT IT IS 83RD, AND INSTEAD OF THIS FACT, THE PROJECTION IS HOW IT SI THE BEST CITY IN THE WORLD ( ALMOST)tfpl

11 June, 2008 12:38  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

http://www.citymayors.com/features/quality_survey.html

11 June, 2008 12:40  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Woman given suspended jail term for using fake certificates in Dubai, FROM GULF NEWS

By Bassam Za'za', Senior Reporter
Published: June 11, 2008, 00:03

Dubai: A court has found a former Emirati female medical student guilty of seeking job in the Health Ministry using fake certificates.

The Dubai Court of First Instance awarded the 29-year-old student, R.H., a suspended one-year imprisonment, on condition that she doesn't repeat the crime for three years. She handed the documents which said she obtained a bachelor's degree in medicine and surgery to the ministry's human resources section when she applied for the job.

IF IT WAS A FOREIGNER THEY WOULD BANG HIM IN FOR 4 YRS. SO MUCH FOR LAW OF THE LAND.

11 June, 2008 17:15  
Anonymous Markus said...

SD
Using Iran as an example of a more progressive place than the UAE is, honestly and respectfully speaking, misleading. In Iran Gays are executed, in Dubai they are jailed and/or deported. Lets not talk about all the other semi-freedoms that people enjoy in Dubai compared to Iran. I agree not enough to write home about but nevertheless lets keep things within perspective here.

14 June, 2008 09:58  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hope my hairdresser's still there when I go to see him next weekend.

15 June, 2008 03:19  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled Asians and Russians yearning to be exploited. - Engraved on the Burj Al Arab"

08 July, 2008 00:01  
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why did they every block it?

so freedom of speech doesn't exist here...

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10 July, 2008 10:44  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

im a transexual fashion designer in UAE FOR 7 years and i was assaulted by having my nails done in the salon...i paid 1,000 dhs to dubai court then the prosecutor was not happy with decission and he made a n appeal finally the final decison came that i should be deported and i was kept in jail for 3 days and i got beaten and shaved my hair...

20 November, 2008 18:58  

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