Homosexuality is illegal in the UAE. If accused, visitors can face deportation, fines or a jail term. Discretion here is key.
All public displays of affection (cuddling, kissing and hand-holding) are officially illegal for both opposite-sex and same-sex couples, as is sex outside of marriage. Unless you're staying at a five-star resort, where staff are likely to look the other way, it's advisable to book two single beds rather than a double bed.
Most LGBT+ websites, including dating apps such as Grindr, are blocked inside the UAE.
Despite this, because of the number of young foreign nationals working in Abu Dhabi, there is an active underground LGBT+ scene, though tapping into it can be difficult as a visitor on a short stay.