Gay Abu Dhabi Abu Dhabi City Guide

Abu Dhabi is nothing less than exhilarating. This is the pulsating capital city of the United Arab Emirates, after all—a transcendent metropolis where sophisticated travellers hop from lavish hotels to glitzy rooftop bars to mega malls and their ultra-luxe boutiques. While there’s no denying the cosmopolitan allure of Abu Dhabi, this is also a city that weaves together centuries-old traditions with forward-thinking cultural projects. Marvel at magnificently intricate Islamic architecture. Explore world-class museums that showcase Abu Dhabi’s ever-increasing role as a leader for arts in the region. Experience long-standing Beduoin culture amidst the rolling sand dunes of the fiery desert. Abu Dhabi is very much choose-your-own-adventure in a locale where opportunities for adventure abound. All that said, it would be careless not to state that homosexuality is illegal throughout the UAE. You are unlikely to encounter any issues as a gay traveller, provided that you avoid all signs of public affection. And now, your definitive Abu Dhabi travel guide. 

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The best hotels in Abu Dhabi

Before choosing your Abu Dhabi hotel, it’s key to remember the above point that homosexuality is illegal across the United Arab Emirates; many hotels will not permit two male companions to share a bed. However, as in Dubai, five-star international hotel brands tend to be the most accommodating of gay travellers. As such, our Mr Hudson-approved Abu Dhabi gay scene guide purposefully includes the most gorgeous Abu Dhabi hotels where you are less likely to encounter discrimination. If upon arrival your bed preference is changed, we do not recommend arguing with the assigned sleeping arrangements—this is an unfortunate circumstance of visiting a locale where homosexuality remains illegal. Now discover our top recommendations for a magical and memorable gay Abu Dhabi getaway.

Anantara Qasr al Sarab Desert Resort

Anantara Qasr al Sarab Desert Resort

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Qasr Al Sarab is easily Abu Dhabi’s most beguiling hotel, an oasis of palatial villas and Bedouin-inspired decor hidden away in the spellbinding Rub’Al Khali desert

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