Dog-friendly staycation spots in the UAE – from five-star hotels to grounding glamping sites

Hayley Kadrou
Apr 11, 2021

Dogs deserve a weekend off, too, you know. To make sure the good boys and girls of the UAE don’t miss out on your next beach trip, we’ve rounded up the hotels, resorts, and accommodation options that will let your pet pup come along for the ride.

It goes without saying that our pets are a part of the family. And while there’s no better feeling than being greeted by the wagging tail of your beloved dog when you arrive home, taking them with you on your next vacation is the more favourable option.

But since vacations are still on hold for many in the UAE, staycations it is. But luckily pet staycations across the emirates are plentiful…

Pet-friendly hotels in the UAE

Outdoor chairs and tables under terrace overlooking beach and sea at Vida Beach Resort in Umm Al Quwain
Pets are welcome at the newly opened Vida Beach Resort in Umm Al Quwain. Credit | Instagram @vidahotels

Vida Beach Resort, Umm Al Quwain

Whilst many Vida Hotels are pet-friendly, we’re opting for the newly opened beach resort in Umm Al Quwain. The name gives away its shore-side location, and Vida fans will be familiar with the sleek and soothing interior design that runs from signature cafe Origins to the 135 rooms up for grabs. Just mention your accompanying pup when booking to be assigned a pet-friendly room, and keep an eye out for areas throughout the hotel where they’re allowed to roam free. From spas to watersports, there’s plenty to do for the entire family here.

Radisson Red Silicon Oasis Dubai Pet Staycation offer
Radisson RED Silicon Oasis invite pets along for a weekend away, too. Image | Radisson RED

Radisson RED Hotel Dubai Silicon Oasis, Dubai

Looking for a hotel that will leave you (and your pup) more inspired than switched off? Then why not check out the Radisson RED – the first of its kind in the Middle East – that opened up its doors in Dubai Digital Park last year. Contemporary design means there’s always something to catch your eye around every corner, from the graphic art that coats the hotel room walls to the red-painted bicycles that make for picture-worthy decor. Since four-legged friends are allowed to accompany their two-legged pals at OUIBar + Terrace on the ground floor, it’s perfect for a bite and a beverage of an evening. Discover more ways you can staycation with Radisson Blu in Dubai here.

Black French bulldog lying on the bed in W Abu Dhabi surrounded by balloons
For pups who like to party, W Abu Dhabi is the staycation spot you need to book. Credit | W Abu Dhabi

W Abu Dhabi

Cats and dogs eager to visit the capital should book a night at W Abu Dhabi – the hotel’s current PA.W.esome re-Treat package lets them tag along with their humans free of charge, after all. But being able to bring your furry friends free of any hassle is hardly the only draw here; there are theme parks all around, racetrack room views, and delicious dinner options in abundance. Here’s exactly why W Abu Dhabi is a thrill-seekers’ dream, too.

Dog at RAK Glamping site in UAE
Enjoy the great outdoors with your best furry pal beside you. Credit | Instagram @rakglamping

RAK Glamping, Ras Al-Khaimah

Your dog a little more down to Earth? The RAK Glamping ground it is, then. Reconnect with nature in this delightful glamp site that boasts nine acres of desert ground that includes Hajar Mountain views, a koi pond and pockets of ghaf trees sprinkled about. Stay in a cosy wooden cabin or a traditional bedouin tent and spend the evening stargazing and barbecuing with your furry best friend by your side. Check out things to do and see in Ras Al-Khaimah by day, and plan your next camping trip with ease thanks to our guide on the best glamping sites in the UAE.

View of the pool ay JA Hatta Resort Hotel with mountains in the backdrop
Connect with nature while still enjoying a touch of luxe at JA Hatta Resort Hotel. Credit | Instagram @jahattaforthotel

JA Hatta Fort Hotel

Another vote for the ‘back to nature’ pet staycation approach, but not *quite* so outdoorsy. This mountain resort is a popular option for people looking to hike and kayak the weekend away but retire to a kitted out hotel room as night time falls. Not before getting a drink at the Sunset Terrace bar, of course. With so much adventure on your doorstep at JA Hatta Fort Hotel – from ziplines to mountain biking trails – and plenty to keep you occupied at the resort – numerous eateries and a sun-soaking pool – it’s perfect for everyone.

Dog by pool at Hotel Indigo Downtown Dubai
Because pups like to chill poolside, too. Credit | Hotel Indigo Dubai Downtown

Hotel Indigo Dubai Downtown

Is your pet more into Picasso than chasing pigeons in the park? Take them for a weekend of high culture at the pet-friendly Hotel Indigo Dubai Downtown. The boutique hotel overlooking the canal is packed with artistic expression, from the gallery located within the lobby showcasing local artists’ work to the fanciful wall decor in every room. As for your pooch, they’ll receive a welcome pet amenity upon arrival, their own pet bowl for use upon stay, a pet bed for a great night’s sleep and free snacks when dining in or ordering food from Open Sesame.