Pets in Dubai
Many residents obtain a pet here in Dubai, or bring one with them from
home. The transient nature of the population does mean that fewer expats
have pets than in their home country, but as resident foreigners stay
longer in Dubai and the UAE, the appeal of having a pet increases. Keep
in mind that summer temperatures are extremely hot in the UAE so your
favorite animal will be inside your house for the best part of 3 or 4 months, at
least during the day.
If moving here from another country, bringing a pet with you is possible
but there are a few procedures to follow. Similarly when leaving the
UAE. Depending on the type of animal you want to bring, where you come
from or where you're going, you'll need to consider one or more
of the following, and check
one of the veterinary clinic websites below for up to date information.
- Health Certificate
- Pet Passport
Finding a pet
- Local newspapers sometimes list animals, with descriptions and photos, looking
for a home. Information comes from AP, Feline Friends, K9 Friends. Try 7 Days and/or the Gulf News Tabloid section.
- Abandoned Pets (AP)
- Feline Friends
- K9 Friends
- Pet shops
Common pet complaints
- Being run over, either by strangers, or by their owners who don't
wake them up while sleeping on a tyre or under the hood of the car.
- Getting ill after being fed human medicine. Animal systems are different
from humans and from each other, don't give cat medicine to dogs
- Being abandoned during holidays when owners go travelling. It's
a really horrible way to kill your pet.
- Drowning, cooking, drying or washing. Pets don't read too well and
are not always familiar with the operation of most home appliances.
Washing machines, dishwashers, dryers, ovens, and even swimming
pools are traps, especially for cats looking for a warm place to
AP - Abandoned Pets, tel +971-4-3483799
- AP is an organisation that takes in abandoned pets and tries to find
them new homes. It's not a pet hotel.
- Tel +971-50-6258375 or +971-4-3483799 if
you're looking for a pet and ready to take care of one of their strays.
Usually cats and dogs, sometimes birds. Financial assistance is always
welcomed of course.
- Email email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org (both versions seen, unknown which is correct).
- Cats are relatively self-sufficient, cheap to maintain and Feline
Friends have plenty looking for a good home.
- Cats still need some
degree of looking after and will not survive a Dubai summer on
their own if you leave them in the garden while jetting off to some
exotic holiday destination. Don't get one in the first place if you're
planning that kind of abuse.
Feline Friends tel +971-50-5822916 in Abu Dhabi, +971-50-4510058 in
- Feline Friends is a non-profit volunteer organisation that looks after
cats, even the ones that aren't cute any more.
- The volunteers put stray
cats in foster homes, feed them, get the sick ones well, and really
appreciate any help that cat lovers can give them.
- Feline Friends is
not a cattery or cat hotel (there's a list of them further down on this
page). However, they do get overwhelmed with abandoned cats every summer
as owners go on holiday.
- Apparently, dogs are a man's best friend. Women like them too. You'll
see plenty of dogs dragging their owners along the beach early
in the morning.
- If you want to pick a pooch for yourself, score some good karma by
finding one at K9 Friends.
- Most dogs need more maintenance than Snoopy, and Paris Hilton and Britney
Spears are probably not the best role models for mongrel management.
- If you want a furry friend but don't like regular walks (several
times a week), get a cat.
- As with any animal, don't
get one if you plan to abandon it while heading off on your
annual sabbatical in the summer.
K9 Friends Tel +971-4-3474611
- K9 Friends are the dog equivalent organisation of Feline Friends, operating since
- K9, some people may remember, was the mechanical mutt that followed
Doctor Who through several universes. Pronounced "canine" ...
... ... ... ... some people need an extra moment for that one.
RAK Animal Welfare Centre and Shelter
- RAK Animal Welfare Center founded in Ras Al Khaimah (RAK) March 2009 by Melissa Davis. Initial development begain in March 2009 with construction starting in June 2009, and opening date expected to be March 2010.
- Shelter and home for stray cats and dogs.
- Cattery and kennel service for pets while owners are away.
- Other services include vet clinic, rescue, rehabilitation, sterilisation, immunisation, and re-housing of stray dogs and cats.
- Centre Manager is Ellen Quanjer (as of February 2012).
- Contact email email@example.com.
- Website www.rakawc.com. Facebook page at www.facebook.com/pages/Ras-Al-Khaimah-Animal-Welfare-Centre/105691119481576.
- Moving from location near the RAK Goat Market to Al Hamra, unknown when, maybe mid to late 2011?
- Emergency tel: +971-50-4876041. See www.rakawc.com website contact page for other contact numbers.
- Information updated February 2012 - email supplied.
- Previous Facebook page at www.facebook.com/pages/RAK-Animal-Welfare-Centre/206150697343 appears to have expired.
- Previous contact information firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, mobile telephone +971-50-1951888, assumed to be no longer valid.
Blood Bank for cats and dogs
- Abu Dhabi Bloodbank for cats and dogs - set up by Dr Katrin Jahn.
blood groups interchangeable usually, about 20 identified.
must receive blood from the same group, identified as A (mostly
Siamese & Burmese),
B (about 30% of cats), AB (rare).
- A bag of blood costs 800 dhs,
+100 dhs for the blood transfusion set and filter.
Emirates Today 28 September 2007 page 3.
- Contact Dr Katrin Jahn at the British Veterinary Centre in Abu Dhabi
(tel +971-2-6650085) if you have a pet ready to donate blood, or
a mangled moggie needing a top-up.
Terrapins, turtles, tortoises
- Terrapins are cheap to buy, expensive to maintain, cute when small,
possibly aggressive when older, require a great deal of attention,
and can carry salmonella bacteria. If you don't like your children,
give them one as a pet. Otherwise buy a goldfish.
Vets & Veterinary Clinics in Abu Dhabi
- American Veterinary Clinic in Abu Dhabi - tel +971-2-6655044, email
map. Emergency tel +971-50-6151711.
Recommended by Feline Friends.
- British Veterinary Center in Abu Dhabi - 30th st (between 9th and
7th st), Khalidiya, tel +971-2-6650085, email firstname.lastname@example.org,
Recommended by Feline Friends.
- National Veterinary Hospital, Abu Dhabi, tel +971-2-4461628
/ +971-2-4461828, email email@example.com.
Vets & Veterinarians in Dubai
- Al Barsha Veterinary Clinic (ABVC), Al Barsha, Dubai,
tel +971-4-3408601. Opened October 2004. Recommendations seen. Emergency
- Al Watania Veterinary Clinic
- Blue Oasis Petcare Hospital, The Green Community, tel +971-4-8135050 or toll-free 800-PETCARE (24 hours), email firstname.lastname@example.org, location map. Austrian and German doctors to keep your pets operating efficiently. Vorsprung durch Technik or something.
- Deira Veterinary Clinic, tel +971-4-2694987
- Dr. Matts Veterinary Clinic, tel +971-4-3499549.
- Dubai Municipality Veterinary Services Section,
- Energetic Panacea Clinic of Alternative Medicine for
Animals in Jumeirah / Al Wasl. They offer holistic treatments and therapies
for pets. Say what? Telephone Hilke Meyer-Reumann +971-50-8438369 or
Jessica Heid +971-50-4537693, email email@example.com, location map. What would Gerald Durrell say?
- European Veterinary Center , tel +971-4-3439591
- Jumeirah Veterinary Clinic, off Al Wasl Road, tel
+971-4-3942276. Recommendations seen.
- Jumeirah Veterinary Hospital, tel +971-4-3442498
- Modern Veterinary Clinic, tel +971-4-3953131
- Noble Veterinary Clinic, in The Green Community, tel +971-4-8854848, email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Rashidiya Municipality Clinic, tel +971-4-2863366.
- Safa Veterinary Clinic, near Al Wasl Road Choithrams,
tel +971-4-3483799. Recommendations seen.
- The Veterinary Hospital, established 1977, moved to large new
premises October 2006? Includes a falcon hospital. Hours are Sun-Thu
0800-1900, Fri closed, Sat 0800-1300. Tel +971-4-3387726,
Vets & Veterinary clinics in Sharjah
- Animal Care Center, Sharjah, tel +971-6-5436280 (no longer valid? try +971-6-5341280), mobile +971-50-6467792
- Deena Veterinary Services, tel +971-6-5567671, email email@example.com
- Europets Veterinary Hospital, open May 2005, Villa 341 Mirgab street Al Quadsia area, location
map, tel +971-50-8606857, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Vets and Veterinaries in other Emirates
- Al Zubair Animal Care, Ajman, location
map, tel +971-6-7435988,
email email@example.com. Also has animal boarding facilities.
Dog Kennels, Cattery, Dog and Cat Boarding
Book well in advance (3-4 months) to be sure of a place over Christmas/New
Year and the summer months (June/July /August).
- Al Zubair Animal Care, Ajman tel +971-6-7435988,
see under Ajman vets for more contact details. Boarding rates are
35-75 dhs per day for cats and dogs depending on weight and hair
- American Veterinary Clinic in Abu Dhabi has air-conditioned
accommodation for dogs in Mussafah, tel +971-2-5511578, and for cats
in their facility in Abu Dhabi (see Vet list above for contact details).
- Animal Care Centre Sharjah kennels and cattery, pick up and delivery service available, see above under Sharjah vets for contact details.
- Churchwood's Private Cat Hotel - Al Barsha, opened in 2006, tel
+971-4-341 5201, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Daily boarding rate AED 70 (in 2010).
- Cloud9 (Cloud 9) - Abu Dhabi - Khalifa City A, open February 2012. A luxury pet hotel (not just an ordinary kennel) for VIP pets. Only in the UAE ... of course. Room rates AED 80-150 per night (during 3 month launch period, will increase after that, normal rates not supplied). Some rooms include a TV.
- Dubai Kennels and Cattery (DKC), Umm Ramool, Rashidiya,
established 1983, airconditioned, tel +971-4-2851646,
location map. Boarding rates 35-85 dhs per day (August
2007). Mice, birds, gerbils are food cheap, big long-haired dogs
are expensive. Often recommended.
- Pet Resort UAE - services suspended says their
website September 2007.
- Posh Paws Dubai (The Animal Care House) kennels and cattery - address is in Sharjah though, email email@example.com, mobile tel +971-50-2730973, PO Box 28318 Sharjah, rates AED 60-80 per night (in 2010), collection and delivery service available.
- The Doghouse, Dubai (also Dubai Dog House or Al Quoz Animal Care), Street 323, Al Quoz Industrial Area near Spinneys warehouse, established 1997, airconditioned, tel +971-4-3471807, email firstname.lastname@example.org,
- Urban Tails - a seven star resort (apparently) for pets. Butler service available (we're not joking). Room rates (in 2012) about AED 100-400, which is cheaper than the Burj Al Arab hotel for humans. Location Dubai Investments Park (DIP), website www.urbantailsdubai.com.
Other Pet services in Dubai
- Dogwalk - luxury (and expensive) accessories and services for dogs.
- Homely Petz - part of Pet's Delight, dog training and behaviour modification, dog walking, online pet store. Tel +971-4-3994223, mobile +971-50-8717072 (emergency calls only after 1900), PO Box 29893, Dubai, UAE, email email@example.com.
- Pampered Pets - outrageously expensive pet accessories shop. Website www.pamperedpets.ae.
- Tail Waggin Mobile Pet Spa - mobile grooming services for pets (nails clipped, hair cut, etc). Available in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah. Mobile phone +971-50-3666622, PO Box 75375 Dubai UAE, email firstname.lastname@example.org (or email@example.com?), website www.thetailwaggin.com (not available).
Pet shops in Dubai and the UAE
Pet shops in the Emirates have a bit of a bad reputation with neglected
animals crowded into small cages and an apparent disdain for anything
that might remotely approach a semblance of animal care and welfare.
The ones in Satwa make an occasional appearance in newspaper
letters pages as being particularly bad. Rather than go straight to a pet shop, ask at one of the vets above
where they would suggest getting some animal company. Or take the charitable
route and go to Feline Friends or K9 Friends.
- Ed's Pets Jumeirah Beach Road, near Citibank. New in September 2009? Is the same Ed Hardy fashion store and pet shop that was the center of the brouhaha reported by 7 Days newspaper on 24 September 2009?
- Pet's Delight chain - pet products (pet shampoo, pet food, pet beds, etc), small pets like goldfish, hamsters, but they don't sell cats or dogs. Pet's Delight has 3 stores in Dubai (as of October 2009) and plans to open another 2 shops by October 2010:
- Arabian Ranches (open July 2005), opening times 1000-2200 Sat-Fri, tel +971-4-3618184 (not confirmed)
- Emirates Hills Town Centre (open March 2006), opening times 0800-2200 Sat-Thu, 1000-2200 Fri, tel +971-4-3617767 (not confirmed)
- Mirdiff Al Barajeel Oasis Complex (open October 2009), offers pet grooming services. Opening times 1000-1900 (10am-7pm) Saturday to Thursday, closed Friday. Tel +971-4-2847733
- Petzone might be
one that makes a change from the stereotype, although you can find
complaints about them too.
- Petland - maybe?
tel +971-4-3402902, fax +971-4-3210711, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Petzone LLC, PO Box 72174, Dubai UAE, tel +971-4-3431320,
fax +971-4-3435670 (AME info)
- Pet Zone in Modhesh Fun City at Dubai Airport
Expo - a display of different animals for children to enjoy observing,
not a pet shop.
Royal & SunAlliance no longer offer pet insurance (14 September 2009)?
- Royal & SunAlliance (or Royal & Sun Alliance), a UK based insurance
company with operations in the UAE will insure your cat or dog (other
animals are not mentioned in the policy) for medical
fees, loss or damage to pet or caused by pet.
- Tel Abu Dhabi +971-2-6351800, Dubai +971-4-3029800 or +971-4-3344474, Sharjah
+971-6-5631819 or get a quote online from their Faster Quote website
(but it's probably faster to call them).
Updated Sunday 04-Mar-2012