Five-star pet grooming in Dubai
We pay a visit to the city's newest pet grooming parlour 6 Comments
- Picture 1 of 2
Dubai is known for flying in the best talent from around the world to run its restaurants, hair salons and hotels – but Dubai-based German entrepreneur David Schuller has gone a step further to make sure the city’s pets are just as well cared for as their owners. The owner of Dubai’s new Pets in the City grooming parlour in Jumeirah Lakes Towers decided to take matters into his own hands after being consistently disappointed with the quality of care that Tyson, his four-year-old Maltese, had been receiving from Dubai’s groomers.
‘When you consider your dog as your child, taking him to a groomer who has only been doing the job for one or two years is scary,’ he explains, noting that not only would the job be done to a lower standard than he found acceptable, but it also came with an alarming price tag. ‘In Dubai you will often pay Dhs250 for a little cut for a small breed, where the same service would cost you around Dhs60 in Germany or England,’ he explains.
But price wasn’t his only motivation to open a new pet salon. There was also the two-and-a-half-week wait for an appointment, which, as a German with a deep appreciation for efficiency, he couldn’t abide. Finally, with the quality of service failing to live up to the cost, he decided to fly in an expert. ‘My groomer, Hany Farouk Mohamed, is a certified groomer from New York,’ Schuller explains. ‘When pets come in, he doesn’t just stand behind the counter and take the dog, directing the owner to the cashier. He will have a one-to-one meeting to make suggestions and discuss with the client what should be done.’
Schuller describes the parlour as being like a spa for pets, with a ‘zen-like’ atmosphere; in keeping with this, each dog and cat that comes in for grooming will receive a massage to help them relax. ‘They hear the spa music – in the evening we dim the lighting a little and light candles with calming aromas. It may sound funny, but we go to spas as humans, and we should also create a nice environment for our loved ones,’ he concludes.
The approach seems to work: he notes that one of the dogs currently using the spa’s daycare facility is so relaxed in the environment that he’s fallen asleep. ‘We have a play area and soft cushioning on the floor so they don’t have to sit on stone, like in other shops. There are soft pillows and bed areas – that’s the way it is here.’ He also notes that the venue only has four kennels, to ensure the parlour remains a calming place for pets to visit.
It’s certainly a different sort of place, designed to be a far cry from the industrial, mass-grooming stands you’ll find around town. We’re only left wondering about one thing – how long until their canine and feline catering is taken care of by Heston Blumenthal?
A full groom for dogs and cats, including teeth brushing, starts at Dhs160 until Tuesday July 31. Open Sat-Sun, Tue-Thu 8.30am-8.30pm, Fri and Mon 2pm-8pm. Pets in the City, Shop 3, Lake Terrace, Jumeirah Lakes Towers, www.petsinthecity.me (04 458 0091).
Time Out Dubai,
- Al Quoz(10)
- Arabian Ranches(2)
- Bur Dubai(8)
- Business Bay(7)
- Downtown Dubai(1)
- Dubai Investments Park(2)
- Dubai Marina(1)
- Emirates Hills(2)
- Festival City(1)
- Green Community(3)
- International City(2)
- Jebel Ali(1)
- Jumeirah Lakes Towers(2)
- Knowledge Village(3)
- Motor City(1)
- Nad Al Sheba(1)
- Oud Metha(7)
- Sheikh Zayed Road(10)
- Umm Suqeim(1)
Most viewed groups
- Al Noor Training Centre for Children with Special Needs
- K9 Friends
- Make-A-Wish Foundation UAE
- Riding for the Disabled Association of Dubai (RDAD)
- Dubai Autism Centre
Our favourite features
Dubai's best burgers From diner-style bites to gourmet towers of meat
Best karaoke bars in Dubai Don’t save your singing for the shower and hit these Dubai spots
17 new Friday brunches to try in Dubai We review the city’s newest Friday feasts
Best new clubs in Dubai 2014 New openings which have outlived the hype
Where to eat in Dubai Marina Try a new place to eat in Dubai's exclusive waterside neighbourhood
45 budget meals in Dubai Where to dine with a friend and still get change from a Dhs100 note
Best live music venues in Dubai Listen to all sorts of live music at these great Dubai venues
Must-see Dubai sights Nine iconic attractions no tourist or resident should miss
The SMALLEST things in Dubai In a city known for size, we look at the more miniscule things in life
The most stylish restaurants in Dubai Eight fashionable finds in the city
12 best steakhouses in Dubai A veritable carnivore's delight awaits
101 celebrities in the UAE The most famous faces spotted in the emirates throughout 2013
Best selling albums of 2013 The top 20 sellers in the UAE: Who comes out on top?
Around the world at Global Village Dubai Stop and shop across the globe at the UAE's cultural park
Iconic Dubai buildings explained We celebrate some of the city's less well-known architectural triumphs