In August 2007, the court in Ras al-Khaimah in the far north of the desert of Rub al-Khali in the UAE, three men sentenced to one year in prison each for wearing women's clothing.
The three men, aged twenty years but whose nationalities were not revealed, were dressed as women and wore bags full of women's clothing they bought at various stores ready-to-wear. The trio used the cabins for women, the Gulf News said, without specifying why the men were dressed as women.
In court, the three men protested against the verdict, arguing that they were free to dress as they wished, the newspaper said. Under the law in the UAE, it is forbidden for men to wear women's clothes in public.
As in the rest of the UAE, law and the laws are based on Sharia law.
The emirate of Ras Al Khaimah (RAK) has joined the Federation of United Arab Emirates February 11, 1972. It is chaired by the Emir Saud bin Saqr Al Qassimi since 2003.