26 Pet Friendly Adventures in UAE
Are you a pet owner in the UAE looking for some exciting pet friendly adventures to enjoy with your furry friend? Look no further! From hiking and camping to swimming and day trips, there are plenty of pet-friendly activities that you and your pet can enjoy together.
We’ll explore some of the best pet-friendly adventures in the UAE and offer tips and advice for ensuring that your pet stays safe and comfortable during each activity. So grab your pet’s leash and get ready for some unforgettable experiences in the great outdoors of the UAE.
- Water activities
- Road trips
Hiking with your dog
Hiking is a great way to explore the beautiful landscapes of the UAE, and what better way to enjoy it than with your furry friend by your side? Luckily, there are several pet-friendly hiking trails in the UAE that offer stunning views and plenty of opportunities for adventure
1- Al’Ayn al Ghumur Hike
The Al’Ayn al Ghumur hike in Ras Al Khaimah is an easy 5 km hike with beautiful scenery, including wildflowers and greenery reminiscent. It’s a great family hike, with a mostly flat terrain and some small rocks.
2- Wadi Munay Hike
The Wadi Munay Hike in Ras Al Khaimah is an easy 6 KM hike that offers beautiful views and is a great activity to do with your dog. It is recommended to download WikiLoc to avoid getting lost and to keep your dog on a leash at the beginning near the farm.
Most of the hike is a nice walk with mostly wadi walk on big rocks. It is advised to go early or later in the day due to the lack of shade. The hike is suitable for beginners and is a great spot for a BBQ after. The dam is now full of water.
3- Ain Al Sheria Hike
Ain Al Sheria is a stunning 8 KM medium hike in Fujairah, with an elevation gain of 500 meters. The hike offers amazing views and a well-marked path.
However, the road leading to the location is tricky and requires a 4×4 vehicle. The hike has many goats, so it’s important to keep your dogs under control. It’s recommended to start the hike early in the morning or in the afternoon to avoid the sun’s heat.
At the top, you can see some cave paintings, but it’s important to be respectful and not touch them.
4- Hike to the Highest Point in the UAE – Jebel Jais
Hiking in Jebel Jais Ghaf summit, which is the highest peak in the UAE. The mountain is located in the Hajar mountains and has a trail named Ghaf Summit, which is a 4.3 km moderate difficulty hike with four viewing points.
The hike can be started from the viewing deck park or the Adventure Peak Welcome Center if you have a booking at 1484 by Puro.
There are also other attractions such as the longest zipline in the world and a restaurant at the top. The trail offers stunning views of the mountains and the sea, as well as opportunities to see groups of donkeys and goats.
It is important to consider the weather and bring proper equipment, such as shoes for dogs, water, snacks, and warm clothing. Jebel Jais is usually 10°C cooler than other popular landmarks in the UAE, making it a great spot for outdoor adventures with diverse scenery
5- Al Rabi Tower
Al Rabi Tower in Khor Fakkan is an Intermediate 4.5 KM Hike
There are two parking spots in this location, and GPS directs you to the parking down the hill. If you park there, you will start your hike with a pretty steep uphill climb.
Tip: If you go early enough (or maybe late enough), you can find parking next to the tower, saving you the trouble. The trail is well-marked, but there are different routes to reach the summit, with some easier than others. We always choose to go left to start the ascent.
You have a 300m elevation (more or less), so it’s going to be a good workout for sure! Take it easy and take lots of stops if necessary. If you think about giving up, the view is worth it, we promise!
When you reach the first flag, you already have amazing views of the beach, especially during sunset or sunrise. After the big ascent, you go down a bit, and here you have two choices – you can continue for one more summit or go back to the car. There are wild donkeys around this trail, so be careful of your dogs.
6- Wadi Sulfur
Wadi Sulfur in Fujairah is a great place to explore with an easy 4 KM hike. The trail includes some bouldering that is a lot of fun, but may be challenging for dogs with low confidence. You should take the time to help your dog overcome each boulder.
At the beginning of the hike, you’ll find many pools that are just gorgeous. The coloration of these pools comes from the sulfur in the area. Your dog can swim and drink from the pools without any issues, but if your dog has a sensitive stomach or skin, it’s best to avoid letting them go in the water.
After the pools, the bouldering starts, and it’s important to check your dog’s paws after each boulder. They can sometimes rip a nail in the process of jumping.
The trail is very well marked with stone towers and yellow arrows. There’s lots of tall vegetation in the wadi, so be sure to check for ticks after the hike
7- 7 Summits Fujairah
The 7 Summits Hike in Fujairah is an easy 2 km hike that is more like a walk in the mountains. The pet-friendly trail is well-marked, and you can explore each of the 7 forts.
Some parts of the trail are a bit steep, so take it easy. It’s a fun trail for not only dogs but also kids, and since it’s such a short distance, you can pair it with other activities in the area. We highly recommend checking out the nearby Al Hayl Castle.
You can park next to the Flag Park, but please be aware that dogs are not allowed in it, even if the grass looks awesome and they really want to go. Be aware of the rules and respect them.
8- Modayna Dam
The Modayna Dam hike in Ras Al Khaimah is an easy and accessible 6.5km hike. The trail starts in a farm area so it’s recommended to keep dogs on a leash for the first 2km.
The hike has only one elevation and is mostly flat with a beautiful scenario from mountains to wadi.
It’s a loop trail that ends at the car parking with the possibility of encountering free-roaming camels. Bring plenty of water and be cautious of the trail length, which may be underestimated. The trail is not marked, so it’s recommended to use WikiLoc to avoid getting lost.
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9- Dine at 1484 by puro – the highest restaurant in UAE
After you enjoy a hike with your dog at the highest mountain in the UAE, Jebel Jais, you can have a nice meal and drink with your furry friend at the highest restaurant in the UAE, 1484
Swimming with your dog
The UAE is home to some of the most beautiful beaches and swimming spots in the world, and what better way to enjoy them than with your furry friend by your side? Swimming and water activities are a great way to bond with your dog and stay cool during the hot summer months.
We’ll highlight some of the best pet-friendly beaches and swimming spots in the UAE, and offer tips for swimming and water activities with your dog. So, pack your dog’s favorite toy and a towel, and get ready to make a splash with your furry friend in the UAE!
10- Kite Beach Center, Umm Al Quwain
Kite Beach Center is a place for water sports passionates, coffee fans and community connect and the good part is, pets are welcome.
11- BM Beach Resort
The Beach Resort in Ras Al Khaimah offers 253 chalets and cabanas, all elegantly and tastefully decorated to provide a private and tranquil beachfront hotel experience.
Whether you’re looking for an intimate dinner or a relaxing spot to unwind with your favorite drinks, the resort’s opulent restaurants and chic bars are the perfect choice. Additionally, the resort is pet-friendly, so you can bring your furry friend along to enjoy the beach getaway with you.
12- Banan Beach RAK
13- Al Hamra Beach, Ras Al Khaimah
Al Hamra beach is one of the few pet friendly public beaches in UAE, it is located in RAK and nearby a few pet friendly restaurants and hotels. So you can enjoy a day at the beach and have a nice meal with your furry friend after.
14- Lumi Beach UAQ
Lumi beach is a pet friendly beach and restaurant managed by @thebeachhoteluaq. Dogs Are Also Welcome at Lumi beach and at the restaurant.
Also read: 6 Things You Must Have on a Dog Beach Day
Pet friendly water activities
15- Island Blue Boats
Departing from Yas Marina, located at the world famous Yas Marina F1 Circuit, our trips are designed to let you experience Abu Dhabi from the water.
16- Blue Safari Water Sports
Blue Safari is located at the famous The Pointe, palm jumeirah. The point also has a few pet friendly restaurants so you can enjoy a nice meal after a kayaking session with your dog
17- Hatta Kayak
Hatta Kayak is a unique tourist destination in Dubai and UAE. The vast lake formed by Hatta Dam and its surrounding mountains is becoming so popular among those who seek relaxation in a natural place and look for a new experience of practicing kayak sport in UAE.
Aquatech is the home of The Clearest Sea Adventures, located at Jumeirah 1, Dubai
Aquatech offers pet friendly clear kayaks & paddle boards!
19- Survival Camp With Your Dog
The Bear Grylls Explorers Camp in Ras Al Khaimah offers survival courses such as the Primal Survival Course and Surviving The Wild.
The camp is pet friendly and run by a team of professionals trained by Bear Grylls and there are dedicated cabins for pawrents with a maximum of 2 dogs per cabin. The best time to visit is in the early mornings and visitors can enjoy a great outdoor BBQ experience
20- Camping with your dog
Camping is a wonderful way to experience the natural beauty of the UAE, and it’s even better when you can bring your furry friend along! There are plenty of pet-friendly camping options available in the UAE, from campsites to glamping spots.
We’ll discuss some of the best pet-friendly camping options in the UAE and offer tips for camping safely with your dog. So, pack your tent, sleeping bag, and your dog’s favorite toys, and get ready to embark on a memorable camping adventure with your furry friend in the UAE!
21- Saraya Island
Saraya Island is undeniably one of the most cherished destinations for camping and swimming with your furry friends, and the cherry on top is that you can access the island with a sedan!
To reach Saraya Island (located at 25°53’08.6″N 56°00’57.7″E), drive across the bridge at the northern end of Al Rams town. Take note of the warning sign indicating that it is a military base camp. Once you cross the bridge, turn left and continue driving until you reach the end of the island, where you can find a suitable camping spot.
Camping at Saraya Island is an incredible experience as the island permits overnight camping, fishing, and crabbing. The clean and serene water provides a perfect setting for swimming and stand-up paddleboarding. However, on weekends, the island can get crowded and noisy with people enjoying off-road vehicles.
This place is just further down Sharjah before you reach the Mleiha area and it’s a perfect spot for camping amongst the stars
23- Snoopy Island
Snoopy Island is one of the best family beach campsites along the coastline of Fujairah where you can bring your furry friends too!
Fact: The island got its name from the famous comic character, Snoopy – as it looks like the character in aerial view.
24- Moreeb Dunes – Liwa
This camping in Abu Dhabi leads you to a road that gives 2WD drivers the chance to explore the dunes, from the safety of a proper road, and many parks up in a layby and carry their camping gear a little bit away from the road.
Road trip with your dog
25- Day Trip in Hatta With Your Dog
Discover the great outdoors with your furry friends in Hatta! Explore rugged bike trails, hike to mountain peaks, and kayak across pristine lakes.
Stay at the pet-friendly JA Hatta Fort Hotel and visit the popular Hatta Kayak. Although still developing, Hatta is becoming a pet-friendly region with more options coming soon.
Where to stay: JA Hatta Resort – Click here
Things to do: Hatta kayak – Click here
26- Road trip to Ras Al Khaimah with your dog
From pet-friendly accommodation options, dog park and a bone-shaped swimming pool. Your furry friend will enjoy this road trip as much as you would.
Where to stay:
- Banan Beach – Click here
- BM Beach Resort – Click here
- Rak Glamping – Click here
Where to eat:
- 1484 – The highest restaurant in UAE – Click here
- Marina muse – Click here
- Tucano cafe – Click here
- Al Hamra Yacht Club Restaurants – Click here
How to spend the day:
- RAK Welfare Center – a non-profit animal organization, Ras Al Khaimah Animal Welfare Centre, that has a huge dog park and a bone-shaped swimming pool.
- Hike at Jebel Jais
- Cycling or scootering at Marjan Island
Read full guide: Pet Friendly Ras Al Khaimah Full Guide
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27- Expo City
Are you looking for a new pet friendly place to explore and hang around with your doggos? Great news – Expo city is now open and a dog-friendly place as well!! You can now take your doggos with you as it is now a pet-friendly community
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