The list of where you can hang out with your dog on a day off — or even a day on — is getting longer every day. There’s even an app for that: Flopster, which brings the UAE’s pet-loving community together, tells everyone where dogs and people can hang out together and has some pretty great images of dogs having a great time across the emirates.
Of course there are golden rules to follow when it comes to taking your dog out in Dubai (or anywhere, really): keep them on a leash at all times, clean up after them and ensure they stay calm and quiet.
If your dog is not calm and obedient in public, work on those skills first before venturing out. Supervised dog parks are good places to do this and many have dog trainers who can offer additional assistance if required.
Once your dog is ready to socialize, check out this list of dog-friendly places you can go to in Dubai:
Dog-friendly restaurants and cafes in Dubai
- Bounty Beets is the latest cafe to announce that they are dog-friendly. The Le Méridien Mina Seyahi Instagram hot spot is now allowing dogs to join their owners in the outside area of Bounty Beets, and servers will even fetch a bowl of water to quench their thirst as the temperatures rise.
- The Riva Beach Club held its first Doggo Movie Night in February; check their Instagram for more.
- Arrows and Sparrows allows dogs to sit outside. Afterwards you can take a walk around The Greens. Follow on Instagram and Facebook
- Chicago Meatpackers, The Pointe, on The Palm, is one of the few restaurants that allows dogs inside. Follow on Instagram and Facebook.
- Counter Culture Café, Dubai Marriott Harbour Hotel & Suites, has treats from Mutt Madness Dog Bakery and water bowls. Follow on Instagram and Facebook.
- Kave in Al Serkal Avenue is not only a dog-friendly “upcycling café,” it also hosts workshops and actively encourages visitors to be more considerate of their impact on the planet. Follow on Instagram and Facebook.
- Maison Matthis, Arabian Ranches, has a sustainability focus and allows dogs on the outdoor terrace. Follow on Instagram and Facebook.
- Reform Social and Grill, The Lakes, is very active in the dog community. It hosts regular dog events and has a full menu of dog treats from Furchild. Follow on Instagram and Facebook.
- Single Fin Café at Surf House Dubai specialises in tasty, healthy meals and gets extra brownie points for being dog friendly. Follow on Instagram and Facebook.
- Tania’s Teahouse in Jumeirah is not only a favourite with Instagramers, it’s a hit with dog owners too. Follow on Instagram and Facebook.
- The Duck Hook at Dubai Hills Golf Club is popular with dog owners and it has a bouncy castle for kids at weekends. Follow on Instagram and Facebook.
- The Back Door at the Movenpick Hotel Jumeirah Beach welcomes dogs on its outdoor terrace.
- Moto Rauch & Staub is one of Dubai’s perfect spots for some low-key entertainment: in addition to coffee and food, it has a barbershop, live music, weekend bbqs and motorcycle markets. It’s also incredibly pet-friendly — pets are allowed indoors too. Many of Moto’s regulars tend to be massive dog lovers, and are also very friendly towards cats.
Dog-friendly restaurants and cafes in Abu Dhabi
- The most recent addition to this list is Offside Sports Lounge at Jumeirah at Saadiyat Resort, which is so dog-friendly it even offers a menu of treats just for your dog to snack on.
- Nolu’s, the Abu Dhabi original healthy eatery — with an Afghani influence — allows dogs in it’s outdoor area at Al Bandar.
- Dogs have been spotted kicking back with their owners in the outdoor areas at the Zayed Sports City pub The Sportsman’s Arms.
- Jim’s Kitchen Table in Masdar City allows dogs in the outdoor area.
- L’Arte, the cafe at Manarat Al Saadiyat, is pet-friendly.
- Dogs are welcome at the eating areas by some — definitely not all — of the city’s most popular food trucks. One of those is Park House in Reem Central Park and the other is SALT, the original food truck in Um Al Emarat Park.
- The sun-dappled patio at The Third Place Cafe on the Corniche is also a haven for dogs and their owners.
Dog-friendly outdoors in Dubai
- Bark Park, Dubai’s first outdoor dog park, is a desert facility on a traditional Emirati farm in Al Awir. It holds weekly Kids and Canines family days, regular saluki and desert dog runs, and annual memberships are available.
- JLT has many dog-friendly cafes along its waterfront where you can stop for a refreshment and bite to eat while walking your dog.
- Al Qudra Lakes allows dogs on leashes and you can stop en route at the Last Exit food truck park for some sustenance.
- Sustainable City has a few dog-friendly restaurants and cafes, including Maria Bonita, Tuk Tuk and Spill the Bean, and there is an outdoor dog park within the community.
- The Greens is another dog-friendly residential area with several cafes and restaurants, including Social Company at Zabeel House.
- Town Square has an unsupervised, fully enclosed dog park with grass and gravel, agility equipment and lots of areas to sniff.
- Unleashed is an outdoor, grassed urban dog park at the Ripe Market at Academy Park. Hours vary depending on season. Dogs must have a behaviour assessment first at Spot. Follow on Instagram and Facebook.
Dog-friendly hotels and clubs
- V Hotel Dubai, Curio Collection by Hilton, is pet friendly and allows pets to check in with their owners, however pets are not allowed in the restaurants.
- W Hotel The Palm has a pet-friendly policy and allows dogs into guest rooms. Follow on Facebook.
- Nasab private members club allows dogs into most areas of the leisure, wellness and workspace facility. Follow on Instagram and Facebook.
- Mind and body: The Animal Agency and Phoenix Rising hold regular Puppy Pilates classes for owners and their canines. The classes are suitable for smaller, well behaved dogs and are held in a variety of indoor and outdoor venues across the city. The Animal Agency also hosts mind and body classes, such as meditation and fitness, for pets and their owners. Follow The Animal Agency on Instagram and Facebook for details of upcoming sessions.
- Kayaking: Take your dog kayaking at Hatta Dam with Hatta Kayak. Bring a doggy life jacket though, just in case.
- Bowling: Refine your dog’s obedience, agility and impulse control with bowling lessons at Fetch Dubai. The sessions cost Dh100 per dog, per class and are held on Monday nights. Once the dogs have completed a session or two, they are welcome to join the league nights.
Amanda Tomlinson is an Australian journalist who has lived in the UAE for almost 11 years. She is still finding her feet in her new role as a mother to a 1-year-old boy, but believes that every misadventure is an opportunity for growth. When Amanda is not singing and dancing around the house with her son, she can be found working out with him, traveling the world with him and trying hard to get some work done.