Although travelling with pets, especially larger pets, like big dogs, maybe stressful to organise at first, it is not necessarily forbidden or disallowed. Travelling to Dubai with your pet is fine to do if you are responsibly thinking of your pet’s safety, well-being and what arrangements you need to make if you are determined they travel with you to Dubai.
So, if you’re thinking about taking your cat, dog or other types of pet to Dubai, or perhaps you’re relocating to Dubai then here’s all the information you’ll need to get your furry-pawed friend on the plane.
Taking your pet abroad then bringing it back into the UK (if you’re not permanently relocating) used to involve months of separation while the animal was quarantined against diseases such as rabies, however, this is not necessary anymore. Since early 2012, the new Pet Travel Scheme (PETS) means it’s far easier to take your dog, cat, or ferret to Dubai.
Think of the animal’s nature before deciding to take the pet with you
Many animals find the change in routine, environment of Dubai (due to the scorching heat) and generally travelling on planes stressful. Question yourself, is taking your pet on holiday the best thing for them? It may be better to leave them in the care of a responsible person.
Also, check with your vet that your pet is healthy and safe to travel. If they need medication take this with you to Dubai. Ensure vaccinations, flea and worm treatments are up-to-date.
As well as being microchipped, your pet should wear a collar with an identification tag with your name, holiday address and contact details, so if they get lost you can be reunited as quickly as possible.
Most planes that fly to Dubai from the UK have pet-related rules
Animals are not permitted in the cabin of flights from the UK to Dubai, except for falcons between Dubai and certain destinations in Pakistan, and Guide Dogs for the Blind.
For anyone travelling to Dubai, animals must be transported as cargo, due to UAE government regulations.
Ensure you have the pet’s health certificate, vaccination certificates, check-up prior 48 hours of flying certificate, microchip number and passport.
Pet-friendly hotels in Dubai
Once you have the paperwork, passport, you’ll want to find a hotel that allows pets in Dubai. Here are some of the hotels that cater for pets as well as humans:
The W Hotel Dubai Al Habtoor
The first version of this fabulous W brand hotel arrived in the UAE and, with parts still under the structure, this extravagant hotel is set to welcome not only Dubai’s rich and adventurous crowd but their pets too. Pooches will have a luxury welcome pack full of hand selected doggie treats and accessories when they arrive.
Donatello Hotel and Resort Dubai
A welcoming and homely yet stylishly designed hotel short distance from Shaikh Zayed Road and Mall of the Emirates, this pet-friendly palace bestows one entire floor to guests bringing their pets. While there aren't any distinct menu or dog-sitting services, canine and feline guests will be made to feel comfortable and relaxed at this hotel in Dubai.
Grand Hyatt Residence
An amazing homely feeling when you stay at this hotel in Dubai – it doesn’t disappoint on the luxury factor either. You also get to enjoy fabulous facilities like an indoor and outdoor pool, gym and 450 metre jogging track as well as access to all the restaurants, bars and boutiques in the Grand Hyatt Dubai next door. The ideal thing about staying here with your pet is the Hyatt brand take their "pet programs" very seriously. All over the world dogs will get special treatment such as their own welcome letter and door hanger at check-in, a special dog bowl, bed and ID tag and designated walking areas with fully stocked clean-up stations.
The "pet policy" does vary between Hyatt properties so it is best to check before you stay. There is usually a non-refundable cleaning fee per animal/dog (around Dh275) and limitations on number of pets per room, weight and size of each pet also applies here.
So, the conclusion is, you can take your pet to Dubai – but remember, UAE allows two pets to enter the country per person
All pets must travel in the cargo area of the airplane, but luckily, the UAE imposes no isolation upon arrival unless the pet is younger than four months old.
It’s vital to note that certain dog breeds are banned from entering the UAE, including Pit Bull Terriers, American Staffordshire Terriers, Japanese Tosas and any cross-breeds of these.
Check the official list of restricted pets in Dubai to ensure you have a smooth journey to Dubai and back with your pet.