Dh54.1m pet hotel to come up in Dubai by March

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Dubai Municipality to open a luxury hotel for pets , and a larger Birds and Pets Market attached to it by March 2014.

Come summer, and pet owners in Dubai can go on vacation with peace of mind leaving their four-legged friends in the comfort of an air-conditioned hotel.

The Dubai Municipality on Wednesday announced that the first of its kind luxury hotel for pets in the emirate, and a larger Birds and Pets Market attached to it, will be opened by March 2014.

Director General of the Dubai Municipality Hussain Nasser Lootah made the announcement after reviewing the work of the Dh54.1 million facility in Al Warsan 3, which is triple the size of the existing domestic animal market.

The air-conditioned pets’ hotel, being built in an area of 835sqm, is designed to host four-legged guests while their owners (are) on vacation or away from the country, the Director of Assets Management Department Khalifa Hareb said in a press statement.

“(It) will have dressing and grooming rooms, therapy sessions, laundry services, playgrounds, supervisors and vets.”

Pet owners will be able to monitor the hotel guests (their pets in this case) online. The hotel will be on the ground floor, with doors in dog rooms that will allow them to step out into a spacious area. “The hotel which has 30 independent rooms can accommodate 50 dogs at a time.”

Apart from the pets’ hotel, the market project spread on 50 hectors, includes nine main buildings encompassing an administration block in 695 sqm, a block for auctions in 960 sqm, a clinic block in 418sqm, health quarry in 359sqm and labour accommodation containing 94 rooms for 282 persons.

Lootah said the project had been established after a thorough study on the circumstances and requirements of a domestic animal market in Dubai and after taking the opinion of traders as it has a positive impact on their profession considering the availability of related services such as specialised clinics, places for selling accessories, food and auction.

Hareb said the new market would have a positive impact on related businesses. “We hope the project will boost both trade and tourism in the shade of a new sophisticated bird market in Dubai,’ he added.

According to a survey by the Assets Management Department, 44 per cent of the traders in the local pets and birds market are Emiratis, followed by Indians, who represent above 25 per cent of the traders. Pakistanis come next with 19 per cent, and other nationalities 11 per cent.

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