As the weather cools you can hear a collective sign of relief from all dog owners, no more 5am and 10pm walks for Fido to save his little feet from melting. Winter means perfect pup weather and so why not make the most of it; contrary to popular belief Dubai is not as dog-unfriendly as people make it out to be – in face, there’s quite a lot on offer for our four-legged companions.
Pet Friendly Restaurants
There are more pup friendly restaurants in the city than you might think, though all of them have similar rules: dogs stay outside, they stay on a lead and they sit quietly.
Arrows and Sparrows, The Greens
Newly opened and welcoming to pets this little eatery has a fantastic shaded out door area where your four legged friend can join for one of the heartiest meals in the city. Want to know more about their food? Check out my breakfast review.
Bert’s, The Greens
A classic Greens gathering spot Bert’s welcomes fury friends in their outdoor section, just remember to keep them on a lead.
Cycle Bistro, Motor City
Paleo and pup friendly this eatery serves up delicious meals all day long and with a few spots to dine outside you are more than welcome to bring the pooch along.
Life ‘n’ One Cafe, Jumeirah
Lime Tree Cafe, Jumeirah
One of the longest standing pup friendly eateries in the city this classic cafe has always allowed dogs at their Jumeirah branch.
Irish Village, Garhoud
There is only one rule for brining your four-legged friend to the village: do not chase the ducks. Aside from that fur is welcome to join you for a beer any time.
COSTA Coffee, Arabian Ranches
While they may not serve a puppachino for your pal they certainly don’t mind them keeping you company while you get your much needed caffeine fix.
Caffe Nero, Motor City
Another spot for your morning coffee where you can chill with your pup, just don’t even think about putting them on the chairs – the staff get quite touchy.
Denny’s, Al Manara
With a small outdoor seating area dogs are welcome here, as long as you sit away from the main walk way and your pup is well behaved.
Treff Cafe, Motor City
With a small grass space outside and an all you can eat 39Dhs breakfast buffet on weekends Treff Cafe is a great spot for a light bite with your fur baby.
Nofara Cafe, JLT
Complete with doggy water bowls that are kept topped up and plenty of comfortable outside sofas for lounging on while your furry ones have a sniff about.
This is Hotdog, JLT
Sitting by the lake with your dog and enjoying one of their delicious hot dogs is a great way to spend an afternoon. The staff are lovely, friendly and very welcoming of the furry ones.
Build your own noodle box and enjoy it with your pup, like most JLT outlets they are welcoming of well behaved pooches.
Senara Restaurant, The Palm Jumeirah
There’s nothing fishy about this laid back spot on the palm, you can enjoy the views with your fur-baby and enjoy some delicious eats while you’re at it, so if you’re looking for that seaside feeling then this is for you.
Barrel12, The Palm Jumeirah
Watch the game with your pooch at this Palm pub, with friendly staff and plenty of room for your little one to get comfy it’s a great place to catch up with friends without leaving the dog at home.
Zensi Thai, Green Community
Like most restaurants with outdoor seating at The Marketplace in Green Community Zensi Thai welcomes your pooch for those evenings when you’re craving a little Thai indulgence.
Sun&, The Palm Jumeirah
This laid back Palm hang out serves delicious Mediterranean sharing platters and, on quieter evenings, allows you to be joined by your pooch for a sunset view over the Dubai skyline. Check out my review.
Fuchsia, TECOM (Barsha Heights)
From delicious food to friendly staff Fuchsia is a perfect neighbourhood eatery, and with a handful of outdoor tables and chairs your pup is more than welcome to join you for a meal.
Kitchen Cafe, Dubai Marina
While Marina may not be known for being the most pup friendly place in Dubai this little cafe is welcoming pooches for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Stomping Grounds, Jumeirah 1
Tucked away in the quiet back streets of Jumeirah this hipster-esque coffee joint serves the perfect pick me ups and your pups are welcome to join you outside.
Breeze Beach Grill, The Palm Jumeirah
This beach front eatery is known for being pup friendly and it’s a great spot for wind down weekend drinks with your furry friend.
Arabiska, The Palm Jumeirah
On Saturdays between 12 & 4pm dogs are welcome at this casual dining restaurant, so grab the family and enjoy a healthy lunch or early dinner.
Dog Walking Routes
A super dog friendly neighbourhood, JLT has plenty of space for your pooches to roam on the 10+kms around the lakes. With dog waste bags available every few metres, plenty of dog friendly eateries along the way for a break it’s a really great place for weekend wanders.
Despite being a gated community the Springs/Meadows has plenty of paved pathways, lakes, green spaces and quiet roads to make for long, relaxed strolls with other dog owners.
Known as the most pet-friendly neighbourhood in Dubai, The Greens has plenty of spaces for quite walks, and it’s a great opportunity to socialise your dog with others.
Sky Dive Dubai
On the walk down to Sky Dive Dubai & Zero Gravity you will find big green spaces that are often filled with dogs and their parents running around, playing and socialising.
The Great Outdoors
Bark Bark Park
Located in Al Awir this dog friendly oasis is a great spot to take your pups to socialise and burn off some energy. The desert park does have a few requirements though, you will need to bring along your pups proof of vaccinations and your own ID and it is an AED 50 entry fee. More info.
Al Qudra Lakes
This privately owned nature reserve is open to the public, it’s a great spot for camping, bird watching and a chance for your pup to take a dip and have a run. It’s easy to get to, located at the start/end of the Qudra Cycle track and you don’t need a 4×4 to access all of the lakes. Just please remember to pick up after your dog and yourself, there are no bins around so everything is going to have to come home in the car with you, and keep your dogs away from the animals, it is their home and there has been an incident of a dog being killed by an oryx because the animal was spooked.
Jebel Ali Beach
A dicey one. Dogs are not legally allowed on public beaches in Dubai, but the small sandy stretch next to JA Golf Resort and Spa where the police tend to be selectively blind to the dogs on the beach so long as they are on a lead and behaving themselves. That being said, if the municipality decide to pop down for a check you will probably face a fine so just be carful. Also do not take your dog onto what is left of the Palm Jebel Ali, this will land you in a spot of bother.
It’s big, it’s sandy and there are no rules about dogs. Find yourself a patch of sand and have at it – just make sure to clean up after yourself and take your rubbish home.
The Greens Dog Park
The dog park at The Greens is intended for residents of The Greens only but most people will be more than happy to buzz you in – otherwise you’ll need an access card. The park does not have the agility course it once did (like in the picture above) but it is still a nice open space where your dog can run around off lead and socialise. The park could probably do with a little TLC but the pooches don’t care – just remember to clean up after them.
While not officially dog sanctioned there are a few parks in JVC where the residents take their four legged friends – namely the ones without children’s playgrounds. Just make sure to clean up after your pup.
My Second Home
The city’s largest indoor dog park is the perfect place for a run around what ever the weather – for a fee of course. Located in DIP My Second Home provides a host of services from day care to swimming sessions.
Pet Friendly Hotels
Barracuda Beach Resort, Umm Al Qwain
Located on the beachfront of UAQ, this hotel is easy to get to and welcomes your four legged friends – in the chalets only mind.
Donatello Hotel, Al Barsha
With a whole floor dedicated to guests with four paws this hotel in Al Barsha is perfect for anyone traveling with pets – perfect for anyone just arriving or heading out of Dubai and looking for somewhere to stay in the mean time.
It’s AED 200 per night for your pooch on top of your room charge and they will need fully updated vaccination records.
The W, Habtoor City
If you’re the type who like to spoil themselves and their pooch then The W hotel is the place for you, with 5 star luxury including a puppy welcome pack on arrival as well as a canine menu, play area, salon and dog walking/sitting services.
Grand Hyatt Residence, Oud Metha
The swish Grand Hyatt Residence is perfect for a city staycation with your dog, upon arrival your pet will receive a bowl and dog bed, a special ID tag and they can enjoy special walking areas around the hotel.
A stay here will cost you AED 275 extra a day with a dog.
Jumeirah Living, World Trade Centre
This pet friendly hotel (cats as well as dogs) is a perfect treat for everyone, with a gourmet pet welcome basket on arrival and pet sitting, walking and grooming just a phone call away. The hotel are also happy to provide you with a list of pet friendly activities for you and your fur baby to enjoy together during your stay.
The cleaning costs here can run pretty high, up to AED500 a night depending on the type of pet.
Other Places to get a Furry Fix
Pet Festival, Dubai Sports City
Pet owner or not you can still head down to the pet festival and meet a bunch of other animal lovers. Spend the day in the sunshine, enjoying food, drinks and plenty of shopping for your four legged friend as well as a chance to test their skills on an agility course and socialise your little one with others.
9th December 2016, Dubai Sports City
Out of Bounds
Dubai Canal Promenade
Despite seeming like a fantastic walking route the walkways along the Dubai Canal are unfortunately off limits to our four legged friends.
Bay Avenue, Business Bay
Now a pup free zone Bay Avenue is no long an option for walks or dining…apparently not enough dog owners feel like cleaning up after their pooches.
Jumeirah Beach Residence
Don’t even think of trying to take a stroll down the walk with your four-legged baby, there are strict no dog rules and signs to let you know just that all over the neighbourhood.
While you may see a few people strolling the quieter areas of the walk along Marina with their pooch they are doing so at the risk of municipality fines, the Marina is a strict no go area with dogs and most of the buildings are particularly pet friendly anyway.
Dubai Public Beaches
In Dubai public beaches are off limits to anyone with more than two legs and while some people do brave the sand in the early mornings and late nights on the quieter stretches if you get caught you will get in trouble. For the most part though the police do turn somewhat of a blind eye to beaches like Jebel Ali but just don’t push your luck and always keep your pup on a lead.
Perhaps you’re thinking of spending the weekend reenacting your favourite pooch film and hope to spend the day tossing a frisbee on the grass and enjoying a laugh filled picnic, unfortunately you’re out of luck. All parks owned and operated by Dubai Municipality are completely off limits to dogs at all times.
At the time of writing, this information was correct to the best of my knowledge but if you know different or can think of anywhere I’ve missed off the list please let me know and please be sure to call ahead to be sure dogs are welcome before trekking to any restaurant, cafe or hotel.