This explains why some people ‘need’ poppers, while others remain rather indifferent.What’s interesting about Dubai is the scarcity of poppers appears to drive that need.Our commitment is to help others recover from sexual addiction, just as we have been helped.” As a fellowship of recovering addicts, Sex Addicts Anonymous offers a message of hope to anyone who suffers from sex addiction.Through long and painful experience, we came to realize that we were powerless over our sexual thoughts and behaviors and that our preoccupation with sex was causing progressively severe adverse consequences for us, our families, and our friends.Strict homophobic laws necessitate any gay gatherings to be more clandestine. Instead, one of the more relaxed hotel bars is adopted for the night.Sometimes the owners and other straight customers are not even aware – groups of men hanging out together is a common sight in Arab countries where the gender divide is more culturally enforced.“We found in each other what we could find nowhere else: people who knew the depth of our pain.Together we found hope and the care of a loving Higher Power.
But due to the physiological way it facilitates anal penetration, it is more commonly adopted by those who prefer to be the sexually ‘passive’ partner.
There’s such a weird demand for it and I think it drives people’s behaviour.” Poppers – or alkyl nitrites in liquid form – have been around for decades, originally sold as a treatment for angina in little capsules that were snapped open – or popped – which is how it got its name.
The gay scene adopted it in the 1970s as a fun party drug that offers a quick high.
Like the UK, where the rise of chemsex has been well documented, Dubai is also gripped by an underground drug culture. And like paracetamol, codeine and heroin, it is totally illegal.
Only the gay men aren’t looking for GHB, crystal meth or any of the other drugs associated with the UK subculture. But that doesn’t stop gay men wanting to get their hands on it.