The law stipulates imprisonment between 1 and 3 years for sodomy between men followed by deportation if you are a foreigner. I was in Doha, the capital of Qatar, with bits of four days to spare and an empty hotel room with the promise of a constant supply of clean sheets and towels, so I figured I'd check out the hook-up sites and apps to see what was up. It's not a happy and healthy gay-for-all, but it's not being thrown off tall buildings either, and it's not the way I'd gotten used to thinking about life in the religious Islamic world. Under Qatar law, only married hetero-couples are even allowed to have sex, or share a bed — and police are not scouring hotels and arresting them either! Now go out, find your global rainbow family and don't forget to share your best gay stories with us on FacebookTwitterand Instagram And every once in a while, he said, there'd be a big search light that would sweep through the trees once, twice, and then out.
Not necessarily a bar because i know Qatar doesn't have gay bars, but just a place that is unofficially a gay hang out place.
On my last night in town, I took a walk through the souk. A last-minute twinge made me want to check something. In a country where being illegal is gay, obviously, there are no gay hotels or resorts in Doha. Unfortunately, most of the city beaches in Doha are available for hotel beach club guests only.
Many would argue this grand experiment has been a supreme success, but for the LGBT community, this leap into modernity is very much a facade.