Gay Dubai travel guide

Although homosexuality is officially forbidden, gays and lesbians can enjoy private gay life in relative comfort compared to other countries in the region. However, showing gay affection in public can lead to penalties or prison, so be careful.

Dubai has an interesting underground gay scene. Every week there are pop-up LGBT+ parties at various locations, usually rooftop hotel bars. 

It's funny (or not funny) to see that there are usually safety guards around, to enforce that men and women keep a strict minimal distance to each other (at least half a meter or something). While 2 men hugging didn't cause much problems when we were there.

The parties are mostly frequented by expats, airline people, their friends and tourists. Ordering beers or strong drinks is expensive but not a problem in hotel bars.

You can find the parties on Facebook or ask locals online. Some gay / chat apps are blocked so prepare a secure VPN connection.

The area (shopping centre) around the Burj Khalifa (the big pointy tower) is the place to hang out in afternoon and early evening.  The fountain shows attract many people and also the locals hang out to see and -mostly- be seen.

There are many bars and restaurants here, but only very few that are part of a hotel are allowed to serve alcoholic beverages.


Hotels and apartments

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Offer Nissim hardly needs any further introduction; this will be already the 4th time he will bring to Amsterdam his very special, uplifting and energetic performance. Well known for his amazing catching productions he will please a huge amount of fans.
For the first time together in Amsterdam : Renato Cecin and Paulo Pacheco; Rapido XL Experience is very proud to announce this very strong DJ delegation from Brazil’s finest club the WEEK. Expect musical firework and an already legendary DJ set.
MasterBeat anchorman Brett Henrichsen returns for the 2nd consecutive time during the Amsterdam Pride; last year he ruled the MasterBeat event in de Melkweg and this year we can once more enjoy his fantastic productions.
Do we need to introduce Abel any further? The Rapido resident guest DJ from Miami is well known for his uplifting tribal sound, energetic pumping, once Abel starts the dance-floor can’t stop. Abel will perform the last set at Rapido XL Experience ensuring you will be present till the very last.
Rapido XL Experience, Saturday August 6, Heineken Music Hall, ArenA Boulevard 590

Closed for renovation until November 2018


Sitges is a popular beach town 30 minutes away by train from Barcelona. Sitges is quite small, but has many gay bars, clubs and restaurants, and even 2 gay beaches.

Gay Sitges guide


Paris is spectacular all year long . Do your tourist stuff Tour Eiffel / Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame or the huge musee de Louvre. Meet guys in the Le Marais gay area for a drink in one of the gay bars or go find them in one of the clubs for a original "french kiss". Voulez vous....?

City gay guide

2018 weekend program

Thu 19 October
Welcome reception at Axel Hotel
Warm up party at Connection Club

Fri 20 October
The main Hustlaball event at KitKatClub

Saturday 21 October
Revolver XXL main party 
Saturday party at Connection Club

Sunday 22 October
GMF Closing Party


Berlin is one of the most popular gay destinations in Europe. It is one of the party and play capitals of Europe. Opening hours are unrestricted and you can party round the clock. Many bars, clubs and parties seem to have a darkroom. The beers are cheap and the guys hot!

City gay guide


Sydney is a very gay friendly and liberal city, mostly know for the great weather, the Opera House and Bondi Beach. The vibrant nightlife offers many gay bars and clubs that cater to all ages and tastes. The annual Mardi Gras is one of the biggest gay events in the worlds. So you know mate, Sydney never sleeps!

City gay guide


Mykonos is one of the most famous Greek gay islands known for its picturesque white painted villages. It has a great and cosmopolitan nightlife where visitors from all over the world party after a day of relaxing and sun tanning on one of the beautiful white gay beaches. Via Nighttours and you can book your hotel to be sure you're right in the middle of all the fun on the beaches and in the town.

Island gay guide


Mysterious Istanbul, the city where West meets East and which is becoming more and more popular with gay visitors. Visit famous places like the Haya Sophia or the Blue Mosque or stroll the Turkish Bazaars. Istanbul has a trendy gay (friendly) nightlife with many contemporary restaurants, bars and clubs. Or relax and enjoy a typical Turkish bathhouse, the hamam.

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Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro is the capital of the world famous carnival at the Sambadrome. You can spend your day at the Ipanema gay beach and watch all the boys go by. At night, Rio offers a vivid gay nightlife with many bars and clubs like Bofetada, Le Boy and The Week. There's plenty to enjoy!

City gay guide

Photos of April


Make sure to book your tickets to the parties in time. Most of the parties listed will sell out.

In our Amsterdam Gay Pride special you can find a complete and objective overview of all events and parties during the Amsterdam gay pride weekend. Enter here. Enjoy Amsterdam gay nightlife, as the city offers many different gay dance and fetish parties like Rapido, White Party, Fresh, Furball and XXXLeather.

Clubs and parties

In our Amsterdam Gay Pride special you can find a complete and objective overview of all events and parties during the Amsterdam gay pride weekend. Enter here. Enjoy Amsterdam gay nightlife, as the city offers many different gay dance and fetish parties like Rapido, White Party, Fresh, Furball and XXXLeather.

Clubs and parties


Country by country they will all march into the stadium, bringing the colours of the world to Cologne. Music, dance, entertainment, commemorations, a bit of politics... and most of all an amazing mood with an estimated 34,000 spectators!

New York

New York, the city that never sleeps. All cliches are true. It's very difficult to get bored in this thrilling city. Shopping, arts, theatre, tv shows, fashion, architecture and massive gay nightlife. If you don't make it there, you won't make it anywhere!

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