Life isn’t easy for trans people in Dubai. The exact size of the TS population in Dubai is not known as the national census does not reflect it. Trans women in Dubai face inequality and even abuse.
Behavior in Public
Trans people avoid using public restrooms. They’re discouraged from using the restroom designated for their gender of choice because they can get arrested over something like this. They don’t talk to strangers in public because a masculine voice can expose one’s biological gender easily, and they don’t want people to know. What’s more, there’s the risk of the stranger being an undercover cop.
The beach obviously isn’t an option for trans people in Dubai. Like everyone else, they avoid hugging, cuddling, or kissing others in public, even at night or in bars and clubs.
If a person’s passport or another ID document lists them as male, they will dress like a man. Trans women are discouraged from wearing makeup or jewelry because they might be identified. Being trans violates UAE law, and crossdressing is illegal.
About the Trans Dating Scene
Many people will date only within their circle for safety-related reasons, but this isn’t to say trans dating in Dubai is impossible. The community not only exists but is also quite active. Discretion is advised if you want to enjoy the city’s lively dating scene. In Dubai, you can meet trans people from all over the world as well as quite a few locals.
In their daily life, trans women in Dubai wear abaya. This helps them avoid unwanted attention. In some parts of the Middle East, women are making efforts to break away from the formless black dress and the oppression it symbolizes.
Can You Live as a Trans Person Here?
Why live or even visit the emirate with all these obstacles if you’re trans? You might not have a choice (like if you’re traveling on business). Dubai is an exciting holiday destination, but some trans people will still be frustrated by all the precautions they have to take. Others won’t. If you’re trans and planning a trip to Dubai, make sure your documents match your true gender. If that’s the case, you’ll be fine. If the documents don’t match, you’re likely to have problems.