Somewhat frustratingly for dog walkers, dogs are banned from all beaches and public parks. Dogs must be kept on a leash and/or in an appropriate muzzle in public and you must clean up after your pet. Dogs have to be registered and vaccinated with the municipality, with fines ranging from AED 150-500 if you’re caught breaking any laws.
You’re not allowed to walk your dog in Marina Walk, along JBR, the Palm or in Dubai Marina. There are however several areas where dog walking is encouraged. Jebel Ali Beach and the beach along Al Safouh Road near Dubai College are common dog walking areas where you can feel the sand beneath your toes, while the newly created Al Quadra Lakes are also canine friendly. Al Warqa near Mirdiff is also a dog friendly zone where you can get in long walks (weather permitting).
The Greens is commonly accepted as one of the most dog-friendly residential areas in the city. Located opposite Tecom, the Emaar development has pedestrian walkways, shaded paths, several lakes to stroll round as well as doggie waste bins on the routes. Added to that there’s now a dog-friendly playground as well (with local café Berts the perfect post-walk refreshment hole).
While dog walking is prohibited in the central JLT park, you’re encouraged to walk your dogs around any of the lakes, with patches of greenery interspersing the concrete jungle. Several cafes and restaurants also welcome dogs in their outdoor seating areas.