Dubai: The first outdoor dog park in the UAE will open its doors to residents and their furry friends on February 1 next year in Ras Al Khaimah. Built by the government of Ras Al Khaimah, the park will be located in Al Jazeera Al Hamra area at the RAK Animal welfare Centre (RAKAWC).
The ‘Pawsome Park,’ invites all dog-loving people of the UAE to enjoy a range of facilities with their pets, in a 7,000 square metre area, where their dogs can socialise and enjoy the outdoors. The park will offer off-leash areas for dogs to play and run freely, a dog walking path, a fully equipped agility park and a swimming pool. The park will also have a cafe area where like-minded dog owners can socialise while their dogs play, as well as an area for pet related activities like pet birthday parties, pet shows, training among others.
Traditionally, dogs have been seen as impure, and the Islamic legal tradition has developed several injunctions that warn Muslims against most contact with dogs. Unfortunately, many Muslims have used this view to justify the abuse and neglect of dogs, even though cruelty contradicts the Koran’s view that all animals form communities like you.
In Isalm, it is said that the saliva of a dog is considered impure. If Muslims come into contact with a dog’s saliva or our utensils do, they are told to wash it 7 times. Further, the Prophet said: “The angels do not enter a house in which there is a dog.”
All these reasons have caused Muslims not to keep dogs. However with modernisations, Muslims have become more liberal. Therefore we can see this new development.
The park’s main aim is to provide dog owners with a place where they can take their dogs to play freely and safely away from traffic and without any restrictions. It will also serve as a place where dog owners can socialise and share tips on responsible pet ownership and make new friends.
All dogs will have to undergo a behaviour assessment to ensure that their temperament is acceptable to be in the park. This is important for the safety of other dogs as well as people in the park. Aggressive and overly excited or scared dogs will not be allowed.
MUSLIM However, the park is open to all breeds and sizes of dogs, with a separate area for small dogs weighting 10kg and less, and another area for large dogs. The park will offer visitors a monthly and yearly membership package, as well as day passes depending on preference.