Your guide to dog-friendly places in Abu Dhabi

Where to take your dogs, from beaches and parks to cafes and bars

Your guide to dog-friendly places in Abu Dhabi

We know there are lots of animal lovers in Abu Dhabi.

Owning a pet has proven psychological benefits and being able to get out and take your dog for a walk encourages overall well-being.

While there may have been only a few places to take your dog in the past, that has started to change.

Over the last couple of years, the capital has really opened itself up to its dog-owning residents.

Not everyone has a villa with space for their pet to romp and play, so owners will be happy to know that more and more the emirate is accommodating their dogs at a variety of venues.

From a lazy morning coffee outside a café or running on the beach, there is a growing number of places where more time can be spent with man’s (or woman’s) best friend, making the city even more appealing for expats.

Kite Beach

A little off the beaten track, this accessible beach doesn’t require a 4x4 and is easy to get to. Kite Beach provides the perfect spot to spend a lazy weekend hanging out with with your dog. Go for a leisurely stroll or let them run loose in the surf for some exercise, either way you’re guaranteed to recharge your batteries with a quick escape from the city.
Off the Sheikh Khalifa Highway, Yas Island (no number).

Cafes and Restaurants
Coffee Architecture
Situated on Reem Island, not only does this café offer the chance to enjoy a cuppa that is pure art, but your furry friend can join you while you relax, as dogs are welcome at the outside tables all day long.
Open daily 7am-10.30pm. (02 554 4467).

The Sportsman's Arms

This casual family sports bar offers something for everyone, from great food, a kids’ play area and a spot to watch your favourite sports. It also offers one thing that would make a family outing perfect – a dog-friendly outdoor terrace where your four-legged family member is most welcome.
Open daily 8am-2am. International Tennis Centre, Zayed Sports City (02 447 1066).

Nolu's Café
A casual café with a strong Afghani influence, dogs are welcome to relax at the outdoor tables while the humans grab a bite to eat. A great spot to chill with a coffee after going for a walk, Nolu’s is also a super spot for a quiet breakfast.
Open daily 9am-11pm. Al Bandar, Al Raha Beach, (800 66587).

Formal Park
Another pro-pooch park with barbecue and washroom amenities, Formal Park is open 24 hours and is perfect if you want to relax with the family or, if you’re more actively inclined, take a jog on the running track or have a game of badminton in the open space.
24 hours, Sultan Bin Zayed the First Street (no number).

Public Park Al Khaled Al Arabi
With plenty of space to let your dog run free this is the perfect spot to visit and relax. Weekends can be a bit crowded because it is popular with families, but during the week it is a lot more mellow. With its predominantly flat terrain it is also an ideal spot for picknicks and where kids can play.
Off Khaleej Al Arabi Street (no number).

Al Reef
Not a park in the strictest sense but if you’re in the area, the gated Al Reef community is the place to walk your dogs on the city’s outskirts. It’s a great spot to see a familiar face (or muzzle), and dogs are able to develop healthy social skills. Waste bins are dotted along the way in convenient intervals to ensure everyone keeps the area clean.
Near Abu Dhabi International Airport (no number).

Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital

No, this isn’t a mistake, the falcon hospital offers myriad of activities to test and develop your dog’s obedience, speed and agility. There’s no restriction on what size dog is welcome, and the dog training gives you a great chance for some quality one-on-one time with your pet.
Open daily 8am-6pm. Al Shamakh, (02 575 5155).

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