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03 December 2023

Dubai birds and pets market to open soon

By Wam

To combat the illegal trade of dogs and birds, Dubai Municipality will shortly 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 logistical reasons, and the project is now right back on track," Obaid Ebrahim, Head of Market Section at Dubai Municipality, said.

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.

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 dogs on the municipality prohibited list are the American Pitbull Terrier, American Bulldog, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Tosa and Doberman.

"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.