With dogs being banned from all public parks and beaches in Dubai and with hefty fines that could break the bank for breaching this, finding a place to walk your dog can be rather challenging these days. To help you, we have compiled a list of the dog friendly spots that are most recommended by British Mums that won’t leave you (or your dog) struggling to find a place to run loose!
Situated in the Emaar Development just off the Sheikh Zayed Road, this neighbourhood is made up of pedestrian walkways and shaded paths perfect for Dubai’s temperatures. Doggie waste bins are located all around the lakes and buildings meaning that The Greens is a great place for you to enjoy a quiet walk with your dog, whilst taking in some nice scenery too.
The Greens is also one of the few places that has its own dog park where your pet can roam around absolutely free. The downside is, it is only accessible to residents of The Greens and you do need an access card to be able to enter the park. This is a huge draw for pet owners
moving into the area, who for a small fee can use the Pet Park located on Street 6 between the hours of 7am until 10pm.
Jumeirah Village Circle
Nestled between stretches of building works, you can often see huge pockets of sandy areas that make this residential area a good spot to walk your dog. The building works are moving at a rapid rate though, so you’ll have to continue to be open to explore the open land space available.
The Irish Village
You can take your dog with you whilst you’re out for lunch or having a drink or two with friends at the Irish Village. Dogs do need to be kept on their leads but they are provided with bowls of water in many places meaning it’s a good way to get your dog out in the great outdoors.
Jumeirah Lakes Towers
JLT has a good network of winding paths around the lakes with doggy bag dispensers and waste bins situated all along the paths. Jumeirah Lakes Towers is also lined with high-end grooming centres so if your dog needs a nail clip or wash, you can always stop mid-way.
The outer path around Arabian Ranches offers a long, windy and often shaded path that makes for good dog walking in Dubai. You’re bound to meet other dog owners on this circuit that offers a good option to have a natter with your neighbours along the way!
The best place to take your dog is into the desert for some much needed lead-free exercise. Some of the best places include the area by Mushrif Park and the spot along the 611 towards the venue for Carols in the Desert. The beauty of living in Dubai is that the further you head inland, the more desert areas you’ll discover, so it’s a great excuse to start exploring vacant spots!
It can get tricky finding a spot to dog walk down this side of town. There’s an open area next to the Skydive Dubai area and Zero Gravity that offers a small area to walk your dog and let them run on an extended long lead.
Situated in Al Quoz this is an outdoor playpark for dogs that’s split into two sections based on the size of your dog and their personality type. The day care centre is always supervised by staff and although it doesn’t have a pool, it does offer a complimentary meal for your pet. It’s a good opportunity for your dog to let off steam in its air conditioned premises and is open on Fridays and Saturdays and costs just 10 AED per hour weekdays and 20 AED per hour on weekends!
Situated in Dubai Investment Park it offers doggie day care with a difference! Urban Tails offers three all weather indoor day care centres and a shaded garden area. Each dog is socialised according to their size and temperament and all dogs are encouraged to run around as much as possible. They have a pool for hot weather and the day care is open from Saturday – Thursday from 07:00 to 19:00 and costs 85 AED per dog regardless of how long you stay for. All dogs must have undergone a kennel cough vaccination that can be administered by your veterinary clinic.
My Second Home
My Second Home is a doggy resort that’s one of Dubai’s largest at 5,800 square metres. Play areas are climate controlled and in their fabulous dog park that comes with a pool and play equipment, dogs are separated according to size and temperament. They are watched over by hand-picked carers who are avid dog lovers themselves and full day of attendance and a full day of care and play for your dog will cost 100 AED but to use this, you do need to become a member which will cost you another 500 AED.
What started as a pet spa and rehabilitation centre for dogs now includes a hotel, daycare, rehabilitation, training and behaviour, grooming and even pet hydrotherapy in their pool on site at their Al Quoz centre. It’s a really brightly coloured, excellently equipped place that incorporates a number of indoor and outdoor dog parks that promises treatment for VIP very important pets! Prices are 20 AED per hour with usual vaccination and socialisation requirements.
Also worthy of a mention are the companies that can offer a helping hand when you’re hard at work and want your dog to have some extra walking time. Home Maids and 4 Paws Pet Sitting Services amongst many others can take out your dog whilst you’re not even there. Whilst Dubai’s offering of 5 star hotels is second to none, it seems like it’s no different for the pampered pooches in our lives too!
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