As a pet owner, it is important that you provide your fur baby with daily exercise. In the case of dogs especially, regardless of their breed, you must set aside at least 20-30 minutes of physical activity once or twice a day. Some energetic breeds need even more.
Naturally, the question to consider is – are there any pet-friendly places, especially dog parks, nearby? Dog parks and other pet-friendly places in Dubai can help your dog meet and greet other people and dogs and expend its energy and burn some calories.
In this guide, we are enlisting 10 of the best pet-friendly places and parks in Dubai for you to walk your pet in.
Top 10 Pet-Friendly Parks in Dubai
1. The Greens Dog Park
Located in Greens, this Dog park is one of the top-rated pet-friendly parks in the country. You can head out with your pet here, even if you do not live in the Greens. The best part is that the park was recently refurbished and fenced so your pooch can be safe running around. Your tail-wagger will get to interact with many socialized and well-behaved dogs here.
Please note that there is no separate area for smaller dogs here, so it is very important that your dog is well-trained and good at its recall command. It is also important that dog owners remain mindful of their large dogs’ behavior and ensure that they do not show aggression or chase down smaller pets.
The thoughtfully designed park has several watering areas located at various places for your dog to quench its thirst. Also, there are adequate benches for owners to relax.
Address: 35RG+C7C – The Greens – Dubai.
Hours – 7 am to 10 pm.
2. Bark Park Dubai
Bark Park Dubai is a top-rated, traditional Emirati doggie park located in Al Aweer. It has 2 play areas, small and large, as well as two ponds for your fur buddies to enjoy swimming in. In addition to the dog park, Bark Park also has a day-care and boarding facility along with a cattery for cat parents.
Bark Park also has a pet store that sells pet treats and humans can enjoy coffee/tea and snacks at the shops. The staff members are very friendly and polite.
You can also enjoy a picnic in the area admiring the desert atmosphere while their dogs socialize with each other or run on the sand dunes.
The best part is that the place is completely enclosed so you can leave your pet off-leash and let it run and burn those calories. Bark Park often organizes fun events like the Saluki Run which are sponsored, so your pooches get to enjoy some free goodies if you’re lucky enough to visit on those days!
The downside is that the place has an entrance fee that is quite exorbitant, but they do have affordable membership options. The approach road to the park is also not well-developed (at the time of writing this guide, but we hope that changes soon). Also, the park is some distance away from the main city.
Address – Bark Park Dubai, Al Awir Box 930993 – Dubai
Hours – 6 am to 9 am and 5 pm to 9 pm M to S
Contact – +971 50 625 2422
3. JLT Dog Park
Set amidst lush green surroundings with plenty of sand pits for dogs to play in, the JLT Dog Park (Jumeirah Lake Towers) is located near Cluster H. The spacious park has plenty of seating for owners and water fountains and shaded areas for pooches to play in.
JLT dog park is extremely clean and well-maintained. It has a double gate at the entrance (which prevents dogs from darting out into the traffic) and a play tunnel for dogs. These features make it a pet-friendly park for dog owners who are looking to train or socialize their pets.
The downside is that the park tends to get very crowded, especially when the weather is pleasant. Also, the lighting is not as adequate as it should be. Many patrons also feel that the park’s opening hours should be increased, especially in the warmer months.
Address – Falcon Tower – Jumeirah Lake Towers – Dubai
Hours open – 6 am to 9 pm Monday to Sunday
4. Dog Park Springs 8
Springs 8 is a great dog park to meet dog-friendly people and their 4-legged friends. It is equipped with swings so you can also bring your kids here. There is ample grass and muddy pits for dogs to sniff and dig. Moreover, it is conveniently located for residents in and around the Springs area. The best part is that the park is open 24/7!
There are a few disadvantages to this dog park: firstly, there is no parking, so be prepared for a walk to reach there. Secondly, there is only a single gate at the entrance so the chances of dogs darting out into the traffic are high. Lastly, the place is quite small and gets crowded.
Address – 355Q+RRC – Unnamed Road – Dubai
Hours open – Open 24 x 7.
5. Dog Park Damac Hills
If you have recently purchased/adopted a dog that you want to socialize with other pets at no extra cost, then the Dog Park, DAMAC Hills is the answer!
Damac Hills dog park is open to non-residents as well. The large dog park has two areas – one for small dogs and the other for medium to large dogs. It provides a serene atmosphere for humans and pets alike. Its restrooms are clean and well-maintained and the park itself is neat and tidy. There are agility courses arranged for dogs so they can get some much-needed mental and physical stimulation.
Address – 2774+25P – Unnamed Road, DAMAC Hills, Dubai
Hours open – 6 am to 10 pm Monday to Sunday
6. South Ridge Park
If you want a spot in the downtown area to get some amazing photos of the Burj Khalifa while also spending time with your pet/s, then South Ridge Park is the place to go.
Conveniently located in downtown Dubai, this is a serene place to relax and unwind with your furry friend in the winter months.
The park has two grassy areas – one is restricted for dogs and the other for humans. This is, no doubt, one of the best pet-friendly parks in downtown Dubai.
Address – 57PG+XXF – Downtown Dubai – South Ridge
Hours open – 6 am to 11 pm on all days except Saturday. Saturdays, it is open from 6 am to 11.30 pm and 12 am to 2.30 am.
7. Burj Park – Emaar
If you find yourself asking ‘which parks in Dubai allow pets’, then one of your options is the Burj Park by Emaar.
Burj Park is one of the most beautiful and picturesque locations in Dubai and it is perfect to visit morning or evening. It is conveniently located at a 3-minute walk from the Dubai Fountain and the Dubai Opera is close by as well.
There are plenty of grassy areas in the park – although pets are not allowed in them. You will be treated to some unexpected fountain shows with music and, at nighttime, the place transforms into a magical wonderland with gorgeous decorative views.
Burj Park by Emaar is a great place to spend time with your dog while also taking some wonderful photos and selfies with it!
Address – Burj Khalifa – Burj Khalifa Blvd – Downtown Dubai
Hours open – 9 am to 11 pm on all days.
8. Dubai Hills Park – Emaar
Dubai Hills Park is another of the top-rated parks in Dubai. It has amenities for kids as well as pets. There is a designated area for pets where your little fur baby can happily frolic around with other dogs. A running track is conveniently located for you to jog.
The lush green park is also newly developed, so everything is very neat and well-maintained. There are some areas that are still under construction (at the time of writing this guide, but that should change soon).
The park has ample car parking on different levels for added convenience. You can also avail of the (paid) splash area to cool off in the heat. The best part is that the park is open 24 x 7.
On the downside, there are no restaurants or eateries nearby and nor any BBQ pits. So, make sure to carry some food for you and your pet.
Address – Dubai Hills Estate
Hours open – 24 x 7
9. Al Ittihad Park
Sprawling over 70,000 sqm, Al Ittihad Park is one of the top parks in Palm Jumeirah Island (near the monorail station) and one of the few that allow pets.
It also features a 3 km running track and houses more than 60 different species of trees. There is plenty of gym equipment throughout the park and a dedicated bike track for cyclists. The restaurants lining the park are also pet-friendly.
Please note that your dog should be always kept on a leash.
Address – Palm Jumeirah Island, Dubai
Open 24 hours
10. Motor City Dog Park
One of the few dedicated dog parks in Dubai, the Motor City Dog Park is in Up Town Motor City. It is shaded with plenty of tall trees for your dog to walk under and offers a quiet spot for training your dog.
On the downside, Motor City Park does need some benches for owners to sit on and it is also not as big as some people might prefer.
Address – 26VX+XP2 – Motor City – Up Town Motor City – Dubai
Hours Open – 24 x 7