Following the recent move by Emaar to ban dogs from Dubai Marina’s walkways, we asked the city’s residents for their views on the problems Dubai is facing from both a pet-lover and loather’s point of view.
Peta Wittig, Australian, founder of Adopt-Me ‘I think being a dog owner in the UAE and indeed Dubai is very tough. Between restrictions of places to go, and the constant negative publicity of those irresponsible dog owners – the responsible dog owners are left trying to stay out of people’s way – but at the same time give their dog exercise and socialisation, which is proving more and more difficult.
I think it’s fair to say dog owners are okay for ‘no go’ zones, but there has to be allocated places where doggy people get to enjoy their four-legged friend. It’s disappointing that a few irresponsible dog owners ruin it for the rest of us. Instead of banning dogs from areas, enforcement of rules and engaging the community is the best solution for everyone to get along and enjoy Dubai’s beautiful spaces.’ Nasser Al Falasi, Emirati, founder of Dubai Dogs Society ‘A lot of people have been affected emotionally by [the new Marina rules], mostly residents because that was the only place close enough for them to actually walk their dogs and socialise them with other dogs, and it was taken away from them because of a few irresponsible owners. One careless owner can affect the entire image of every dog owner in Dubai. It is very important for every dog owner to acknowledge that his or her careless actions can drive us backwards. It is a must that before we ask our government to create places such as dog parks, that we first gain their trust by creating an entire community of respectful and calm dogs.
Our culture has nothing to do with dog hatred in the UAE, our religion never promoted hate for animals; in fact it enforces good morals such as being gentle to animals. I believe the dislike [of dogs] comes from the people who only encountered careless owners, who blame their dogs for everything they do and for the lack of knowledge.’
Jason Freeman, British, Dubai Marina resident ‘Dogs are not being banned from the Marina – just from the busy tourist-friendly promenade area. Dog walkers move at an erratic pace and slow down fellow residents. Larger dogs can intimidate children – or even adults. And as well as being one of the most disgusting sights on the streets of otherwise civilised countries, dog waste spreads disease (yes, I’m sure you clean yours, but clearly not all owners are as considerate). The acts of one person’s pet can cause displeasure or disruption to the lives of hundreds. Please don’t be so selfish as to think this is your right, especially when there are still plenty of places in Dubai, and within the Marina itself, where dogs are still welcome.’
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JTW Aug 26, 2014 02:52 pm
Come on Dubai, I thought this city was to compete. Where is the harm in a providing more dog muck bins and some hefty fines for the irresponsible dog owners.
For those of you saying it spreads disease, so does sneezing.
Man's best friend.
Chris Aug 25, 2014 09:31 am
I agree with Andy. Dog waste spreads disease, and not enough owners take responsibility for clearing the mess up. They let the dogs of their leads to mess where ever they want, and seem to think everyone is happy with this. Why should I have to avoid your dogs mess. It is only the main Promenade which is the issue. Go and show your dogs off somewhere else.
Joakim Aug 22, 2014 11:36 am
Can you please ban children instead? They are much more annoying, screaming and all over the place since parents have not disciplined them enough. I will choose dogs any day, any time!
matt Aug 21, 2014 06:45 pm
Even if you clean up behind the dog it still leaves a stain and potential disease, keep the city clean and respect the rules. its for your own health....
danielle Aug 20, 2014 03:07 pm
For most responsible dog owners, our dogs are like children. Believe it or not, some people actually find children an even bigger nuisance. Imagine for one moment the uproar if buggies and strollers were banned from Marina Promenade. Or if Andy felt entitled to tell a parent to get their child out of his face/space at Baker & Spice. I am thoroughly looking forward to sitting back and enjoying all the comments for Andy and Jason, who are of course entitled to their opinion (however nasty) but clearly ill-informed. There is now basically nowhere to walk (and clean up after) a sweet, well-behaved dog now between Dubai Marina and Jebel Ali. That is all.