Following new rules banning dogs from Dubai Marina, we reveal where your furry family members are welcome in the city.
Dogs have long been banned from Dubai’s beaches and parks, along with popular locations such as The Walk at JBR. Recently, pet owners found themselves with even fewer places to take a stroll when Emaar announced that, in the interest of hygiene, it had banned dogs from Dubai Marina’s waterside walkways. While Marina residents have since come together to launch a petition pleading with the developer to reverse its decision, right now they’re in need of alternative places to walk and relax with their pets. Fortunately, there are a number of places that welcome well-behaved dogs in the city, and with the help of UAE animal adoption organisation Adopt-ME (www.adopt-me.ae) we’ve compiled just a few suggestions here to help you and your pets keep from going stir-crazy. The new rules have also sparked a conversation in Dubai about whether animals deserve to be banned from so many places in the city, and who is really to blame for the change in the Marina’s status. Read on as we find out what some of Dubai’s pet-loving (and loathing) residents think. Burj Park
Best visited on weekdays to avoid weekend crowds, this small park has both grassy and paved areas in the shadow of the Burj Khalifa, making it perfect for a morning or evening walk. There are designated doggie bins throughout – please make sure you use them. Downtown Dubai (no number).
Costa Coffee Several branches of this café chain, including the ones at the Premier Inn in Dubai Investment Park and in The Greens, allow customers to sit outside and enjoy their beverages in the company of their pets. There are plenty of umbrellas providing shade for both two-legged and four-legged patrons. In The Greens, neighbouring café Bert’s also allows pups to sit with owners in the outdoor dining area. Near Choithram, The Greens (04 368 3385); Premier Inn, Dubai Investment Park (04 885 0999). Dubai Polo & Equestrian Club This enormous estate on Al Qudra Road allows well-behaved pets to sit on the terrace at Epona Lounge. Open from 7am and overlooking the club’s riding arenas, watch horses being put through their paces and enjoy breakfast, lunch, dinner or a snack in between. Opposite Arabian Ranches, Al Qudra Road (04 361 8111).
This typically extremely pet-friendly neighbourhood has a network of waterside walkways, with bins and even baggie dispensers along the route. Be warned, however, that some owners have reported having to take their dogs to the vets with painful paws after having walked them on the neighbourhood’s grassy areas. Throughout Jumeirah Lakes Towers (no number).
Lime Tree Café Both the Jumeirah 1 and Al Quoz branches of this popular café allow dogs to sit in the sheltered outdoor dining area. While you’re tucking into fresh juices, salads, toasted sandwiches and eye-poppingly delicious cakes, your pup can relax at your feet – according to Adopt-ME, they might even give your four-legged friend a bit of food if you’re lucky. Next to The Courtyard, Al Quoz (04 325 6325); next to Jumeirah Mosque, Jumeirah Beach Road (04 349 8498).
Nofara Well-behaved pets are welcome to enjoy the outdoor area with their owners at this popular contemporary Arabic café in JLT, so long as they don’t disturb other customers. Dogs are also provided with water. Lake level, Cluster Y, JLT (04 432 2023).
The Al Wasl Square café near Safa Park (which recently revamped its look and menu) accommodates dogs in its outdoor terrace area so long as other customers are not disturbed. Well-behaved pooches are provided with paper bowls and clean water to keep them cool. Al Wasl Square, Al Wasl Road (04 388 3868).
Paws Pet Planet This doggie haven offers everything from grooming to boarding to training and even behavioural consultations. There’s also an off-leash grassy play park that allows energetic animals the chance to run around and stretch their legs, as well as socialise with other pooches in a safe environment. Dubai Investment Park (04 884 8894).
A brand new (and free!) pet park has opened in highly pet-friendly The Greens – the latest initiative by The Greens & Views Pet Owners committee. It’s one of the first parks in the region to allow dogs to play off the leash, and has a fun obstacle course for pooches to navigate, along with a bone-shaped sandpit that’s perfect for digging and burying things in. Street 6, The Greens (no number).
The Irish Village
Well-behaved dogs are permitted to sit outside with their owners. Given the number of stray cats that roam this popular pub’s grounds, dogs that fear or dislike felines are best kept away. Next to Dubai Tennis Stadium, Garhoud (04 282 4750).
Urban Tails The city’s only pet resort, Urban Tails offers a variety of ‘suites’ with garden views, plasma TV screens and even a private butler service for those dogs who are boarding. There’s also a doggie bootcamp for overweight dogs, or simply those who want to socialise, plus an outdoor swimming pool. Dubai Investment Park (04 884 8847).
Woof! Located in Al Quoz, this large pet services centre offers boarding, grooming and an outdoor play park for the city’s dogs. There are sessions for different sized pooches, and each dog has to have a behavioural consultation before they can join in. Street 8, Al Quoz (04 323 2074).
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Marta Aug 25, 2014 04:23 pm
The information about Costa coffee is not accurate, I work in the building next to it and I go to Costa quite often, Costa is inside the Premier Inn Hotel and does not allow dogs, there is not an outdoor space for the coffee place I'm afraid.
On the other hand thank you so much for the info! Taking our pups to Pet Park this weekend! How can we support our neighbours in the Marina.