The Federal Penal Code does not replace the legal system of each emirate, unless it is contrary to the federal law, and thus Sharia law remains in place.
Hence a person could be charged on this federal penal code, or under a local (emirate) penal code.
Eventually no formal charges were brought against the teenager who returned to testify against his rapists.
Our society does not accept queer behaviour, either in word or in action”.
Adultery and fornication are also crimes, and a person convicted of homosexuality may also face charges of adultery if they have a spouse while having sexual relations with a person of the same sex.Article 354 of the Federal Penal Code states, "Whoever commits rape on a female or sodomy with a male shall be punished by death." While English translations of the Arabic text are in some dispute, it is generally felt that this is a prohibition against rape, and possibly consensual sodomy.Several news reports have revealed how the law is typically enforced. In 2005, twenty-six young men were arrested at an Abu Dhabi hotel after police discovered the men engaging in cross-dressing and homosexual practices.In discussing the raid, Mohammed bin Nukhaira Al Dhahiri, Minister of Justice, Islamic Affairs and Auqaf stated, “There will be no room for homosexual and queer acts in the UAE.The most common depiction in the local media of LGBT people involves foreigners, disease, and sex crimes such as rape.