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There are loads of pet-friendly places in Dubai. From dog-friendly restaurants, pubs or cafés, to dog-friendly hotels. And places were adopt your pet.
Dog-friendly cafés and pet-friendly pubs
Arrows & Sparrows
This cute café is not only a dog-friendly place in Dubai it has a cracking kids’ menu too, so you can be sure the whole family is catered for. Head for an early morning walk with your dogsin Dubai then stop here for brekkie – they’re top. A top dog-friendly place in Dubai to check out.
Emaar Business Park, The Greens (04 558 8141)
Breeze Beach Bar & Grill
This super beachside restaurant and bar is also dog-friendly, so if you fancy a day out next to the sea, then this is the place for you. Set at the end of Club Vista Mare, on Palm Jumeirah, it’s a great family-friendly place to grab a burger or a salad and enjoy a sea breeze from one of the outdoor picnic tables, while your pooch laps up the sunshine too.
Club Vista Mare, Palm Jumeirah (04 568 3000)
This cute café is housed at The Courtyard in Al Quoz and has a pet-friendly outside area, which is a top spot in cool, winter weather. Sip on a coffee and dig into a cheese and garlic toastie while your dog has a nap.
The Courtyard, Al Quoz (058 517 2131)
Set next to Boston Lane in Al Quoz, this trendy café is also a very dog-friendly place in Dubai and is heaving on a weekend morning, where you’ll see plenty of toy-sized pooches out for their breakfast.
The Courtyard, Al Quoz (04 349 1966)
This casual US eatery at Palm Jumeirah’s The Pointe also caters to dogs. If you’re dining there with your four-legged friend, be sure to ask the team for the dedicated dog menu, while you both enjoy the views across to Atlantis The Palm.
The Pointe, Palm Jumeirah (04 580 7983)
If you want to take your dog to a golf club, this is one for you. It’s casual, pet-friendly and there’s plenty of green space to enjoy.
Dubai Sports City (O4 425 1000)
Lime Tree Café
This popular café chain welcomes your dogs, especially at the Jumeirah branch. Order up a slab of carrot cake and have some quality time with your pet.
The Irish Village
One of the best pubs in Dubai, The Irish Village has a cracking pub garden that’s a must-visit in cooler weather. Bring your dog, order up a platter of fish and chips and enjoy the greenery. There are even ducks on the pond, so it’s almost like you’re back at a pet-friendly pub in the UK or Ireland.
Garhoud (04 282 4750)
Reform Social and Grill, Pet-friendly places in Dubai
This family-friendly restaurant is always packed and in winter the pub garden is an excellent place to hang out with your furry friend, too. The pub even hosts dog adoption days as well as having a special dog menu dedicated to your furry friends, so you know they’ll be well catered for at this pet-friendly place in Dubai’s The Lakes.
The Lakes (04 454 2638)
Radisson RED Dubai Silicon Oasis
Cats and dogs are welcome at this pet-friendly hotel, which even has a special staycation deal for summer 2020.
There are a range of rooms to choose from starting at Dhs309 for a standard room, while there are also suites, apartments and adjoining rooms for families. All rooms have a pet bed and food bowl, plus there’s nearby Silicon Lake if you fancy a stroll. And while you’ll get an hour’s free drinks at OUIBar + Terrace, your pet will get a free pet ice cream and pet-friendly refreshments.
If you have a pet, chances are leaving them at home is tricky when you’re making the most of one of Dubai’s top hotel deals. If not emotionally then certainly logistically. W Dubai – The Palm’s motto, P.A.W, Pets Are Welcome, isn’t just a party hotel for people, furry friends can come along for the ride, too. Your pet is welcome to come on your staycation with you, as long as it’s under 20kg.
W Dubai – The Palm, Palm Jumeirah, Dubai (04 245 5555).
Precious Paws Pet Spa
Have a princess pup that needs some pampering? Precious Paws Pet Spa, a Thai spa themed pet boutique, also has a mobile pet grooming service so that you can have your pet glammed up at home.
Rehoming cats and dogs
Adopt, don’t shop is the motto here. There are hundreds of cats and dogs in Dubai looking for a fur-ever home, the hard part is choosing which cuddly critter is joining your gang.
If you’re looking to rehome a cat, 38 Smiles is one of the top places in Dubai to look. The organisation was set up in 2011 to help stray animals in Dubai. It’s a not for profit animal rescue group and has events throughout the year to help raise money. Can you provide a cat with a loving family?
K9 Friends is a caring operation in Dubai that focuses on rescuing and rehoming stray and abandoned dogs, while providing quality kennels and veterinary care. If you’re looking to adopt a dog, this is a great place to start. The centre has dogs of all ages, colours and breeds, all with completely different temperaments, and each animal is matched with its ideal owner. Rehoming fees start at Dhs1,050 and cover microchipping, vaccines, flea and worming treatments and neutering. All members of your family need to meet the dog before it can be adopted, so gather the gang and make a date to meet your new pet.
Open Sat-Thu 9am-1pm. Appointments only. (04 887 8739).
Cat-lover? This registered Dubai-based non-profit animal welfare group, has abandoned and neglected cats ready for rehoming. It frequently hosts adoption days around the city too, so you can meet your future pet. There are hundreds looking for a permanent home. Last year it rescued nearly 100 vulnerable felines.
Little Angels Animal Rescue League
This non-profit rescue groupset up by a group of Emiratis, rescues strays and abandoned pets. Their aim is to find them loving homes, and the group rescues all over the UAE. If you don’t have space in your house, you can also sponsor pets to stay at the boarding facility.
The Animal Project
The Animal Project, with a mission to promote animal awareness and alleviate suffering from animals, has set up a fostering programme for those looking for a friendly feline pal, and all you have to do is sign up. While the cats are looking for a permanent home, people can take them in for a few weeks to take care of them and test the waters of what owning a cat is actually like. If everything bodes well, you may have just found yourself a new pet.
(050 918 7632).
What to do before adopting a pet
Check tenancy to see if pets are allowed
Start saving for relocation of the pet
Adopt from a reputable rescue organisation
Chose a pet not by its looks but by matching him/her to the lifestyle of your family
Learn about nutrition, training, well-being, good vets
Don’t overlook special needs, cross-breed and older animals as they often make the best pets
Who doesn’t love animals? Whether cats, dogs or other creaturs, they are amazing and deserve all the love in the world. Sadly, not all animals are treated as well as they should be, but thankfully beloved pets and animals will now be more protected in the UAE.
The Ministry of Climate Change and Environment has launched a new platform for residents to report animal cruelty among other animal related issues. Individuals are now able to report mistreatment, cruelty and the illegal possession of illegal animals through the online portal.