The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), a political and economic union of Arab states bordering the Persian Gulf, including Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE, is proposing some pretty ridiculous entry “security screening requirements” in an attempt to “detect” homosexuals.
As per The Independent, Yousouf Mindkar, a senior official with GCC said routine clinical screenings of expatriates entering the GCC would be introduced under new proposals. Persons who are identified as LGBT through the tests would then be refused entry into the country. A central committee tasked with the status of expatriates will view the proposal on November 11. Speaking to local daily paper Al Rai, the director of public health at the Kuwaiti health ministry said that whilst medical centres already conduct tests to assess the health of those entering Kuwait, they will “take stricter measures that will help us detect gays who will be then barred from entering Kuwait or any of the GCC member states.” He did not detail exactly what procedures these screenings would involve.
I wonder what Emirates, Etihad, and Qatar think of the proposal and its impact on their lofty global expansion ambitions.