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Dubai Municipality pet market to open soon

50-hectare site to be launched in May to combat illegal trade of animals in Dubai

  • By Mariam M. Al Serkal, Senior Reporter
  • Published: 21:38 March 1, 2014
  • Gulf News

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Dubai: Residents will soon be able to buy municipality-approved pets by May, as the civic body will launch its pet market that adheres to all of the emirate’s safety regulations.

To combat the illegal trade of dogs and birds in Dubai, the municipality will soon open the doors of its pet market that will implement strict regulations where only authorised cats, dogs and birds will be on offer.

“The Birds and Pets Market will be opened in the next few months. The project was initially expected to open last November but was delayed due to logistic reasons, and the project is now right back on track,” Obaid Ebrahim, Head of Market Section at Dubai Municipality, told Gulf News.

The 50-hectare development, located on the Hatta-Dubai Road, includes an administration block, a block for holding auctions, clinic block, health quarry, labour accommodation, and the animal hotel.

The new market will be three times as big compared to the current domestic animal market in Dubai. A bird market in Deira, close to the fish market, is comparatively tiny.

Ebrahim explained that there is currently a committee responsible for studying the average price of rent for shops, and the starting price of auctioning off the pets, which includes birds, cats and dogs.

Some of the municipality prohibited list of dogs includes the American pitbull terrier, American bulldog, Staffordshire bull terrier, Tosa and Doberman.

According to a Dubai Municipality survey, Emirati traders are the biggest group – 44 per cent – in the local pets and birds trade. They are followed by Indians, who comprise more than a quarter of the trader profile. Pakistanis are the next largest group, at 19 per cent; Arabs seven per cent and other nationalities four per cent.

“We expect to receive a recommendation from the committee next week, and once all the formalities are approved, we will go ahead with the opening of the pet market,” said Ebrahim.

Comments (5)

  1. Added 18:12 March 2, 2014

    I like the idea that is it authorized by the municipality and will be legal. However I am not sure Dubai needs a pet market. There are hundreds of cats and dogs who are either fostered or in shelters and on the streets. These animals need homes. The money could be better spent on educating people on how to look after animals, have the necessary shelters for homeless animals and not encourage buying pets which then end up being thrown out after a few weeks. Very sad.

    Louise Fisk, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  2. Added 17:35 March 2, 2014

    This is extremely upsetting news. There are so many rescue organisations full of unwanted, unloved and mistreated pets and yet the Municipality wants to promote further the purchase & breeding of animals? So many people here treat pets as just another item to be thrown away when not wanted or no longer cute or fashionable. How are the 'sellers' going to assure that the pets go to proper homes? Not at all likely, they are just in it for the money. Conditions already in place at other markets and ignored by authorities prove this. A very sad move for animal rights.

    Sharon, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  3. Added 14:26 March 2, 2014

    I am sure like everything else the price of pets and accessories will increase as usual from this move, which will only promote more illegal trading, Hope the prices are kept under checked.

    Nabeel, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  4. Added 13:46 March 2, 2014

    HOW ABOUT ADOPTING PETS FROM SHELTERS??? they are getting killed there after some time if no one takes them! stop buying pets when there are so many dogs and cats looking for a home!!!

    Mariam, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  5. Added 10:33 March 2, 2014

    Great News for all pet lovers. No more hassle of going to Sharjah

    salem, dubai, United Arab Emirates

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