x Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 26 July 2017

Pet owners in Dubai Marina demand dog ban be reversed

Pet owners residing in Dubai Marina have started an online petition requesting Emaar reverse its recent decision to ban dogs from the promenade.

Emaar signs banning dogs have appeared along the Marina Walk in Dubai. (Sarah Dea/The National / July 15, 2014)
Emaar signs banning dogs have appeared along the Marina Walk in Dubai. (Sarah Dea/The National / July 15, 2014)

DUBAI // Pet owners living in Dubai Marina have started an online petition requesting developer Emaar reverse a decision to ban dogs from the promenade.

“On Sunday the 13th of July, 2014, residents of the Dubai Marina woke up to signs placed across the promenade, thanking them for ‘not bringing their dogs along to the promenade’,” states the petition. “The decision, which was taken suddenly and without prior notice, does not take into consideration the large number of dogs, and dog owners living in the Marina, and who choose to live there for its dog friendly attribute.”

Emaar Properties said its decision to ban pets from the promenade was part of its efforts to enhance the Marina Promenade for everyone.

“As part of enhancing the Marina Promenade experience at Marina Living, we are currently implementing the environmental management and monitoring programme as per the guidelines of Dubai Municipality to keep the premises clean, safe, hygienic and healthy at all time,” said a spokesman. “We have requested our visitors to kindly refrain from bringing their pets along the Marina Promenade, as part of the hygienic measures.”

dmoukhallati@thenational.ae