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The same holds true for condoms. While you technically need to be married to use condoms, this does not seem to be widely enforced, and you should be able to purchase condoms at supermarkets, gas stations, grocery stores and pharmacies. Note that this is not the case throughout UAE, and you will need to show proof of marriage in places like Abu Dhabi.
In Dubai, there have been some reported cases of the following: women being asked for marriage certificates before buying contraception, women being asked for their husband's permission before receiving contraception, and women being reported by pharmacists to authorities for buying contraception while being unmarried. These stories have been especially covered in the British media. Yet many single women of Dubai report little to no problems when purchasing contraception and [ Dubai pharmacists have contested this story]. However, it may be recommended to wear a "wedding ring" if you are indeed single and wish to purchase contraception to avoid questioning or slut-shaming. See this [ Guardian article] for details.
Generally, oral contraceptives seem to be widely used in the UAE. In 2012, a study of 500 women found that oral birth control pills were the most common form of contraception, and 84% of women did not object to the use of contraceptives. In a 2015 UN report, it was found that 48.1% of UAE women (who are married/in unions and of reproductive age) use some form of contraception, which may include modern methods (such as condoms, pills, implants, etc) or traditional methods (such as the rhythm method).<ref>[ Trends in Contraceptive Use 2015]</ref>
A few years ago, you could get a one month supply of birth control for about $5, but we'll need some more updated information(information provided in 2016/2017).
==Emergency Contraception (Morning After Pill)==
'''Important Notes:''' Emergency contraception may prevent pregnancy for three days (72 hours) and sometimes five days (120 hours) after unprotected sex. Take EC '''as soon as possible''' after unprotected sex. If you don't have access to dedicated EC, oral contraceptives can be used as replacement EC, but remember the following: 1) Only some contraceptives work as EC 2) Different contraceptives require different dosages and time schedules to work as EC 3) You must only use the first 21 pills in 28-day packs and 4) They may be less effective than dedicated EC. For general information on emergency contraceptives, click [ here] and [ here]. Copper IUDs may also prevent pregnancy up to 5 days after unprotected sex.
===Laws & Social Stigmas===
==Medications & Vaccines==
[[File:Dubai pharmacy 04.jpg|400px | thumb|left|'''Pharmacy in street of Dubai''']]
===Laws & Social Stigmas===
If you are pregnant and considering getting an abortion outside the UAE, you will need to consider the following costs: transportation to the country where you will be obtaining an abortion, hotel or accommodation costs in that country, cost of the abortion in the country and the total amount of days you may need to be in the country both before and after the abortion.
==Advocacy & Counseling==
===What to Get & Where to Get It===
* Dubai Foundation for Women and Children - "The first licensed non-profit shelter in the UAE for victims of women & and childrenvictims of domestic violence." +971 800 111, PO Box 97727, Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
==List of Additional Resources==
* [ Gender Index] - This webpage provides useful information on women's rights and gender equality in the UAE.
* [ Equaldex - United Arab Emirates] - This webpage provides useful information on LGBT rights in the UAE.
* [ Dubai Women's Establishment]: This is a government organization. "The ultimate goal and responsibility of Dubai Women Establishment is to nurture a competent generation of future women leaders by establishing the right infrastructure and platform to ensure and sustain the success and potential of UAE women."
* International Business Women’s Group Dubai - "A Networking Forum for Professional Business Women in the UAE" (