Dubai: Expatriates living in Jumeirah Beach Residence (JBR) are vowing to fight the decision to ban pets – including dogs, cats and birds – from the development.

The deadline for all pets to be removed from JBR passed yesterday but many people living there remain adamant they will not give up their loved companions without a fight.

Dubai Properties LLC gave residents a 30-day deadline to make alternative arrangements for their pets at the beginning of June. But many people say they never received any correspondence on the matter while others have no intention of giving up their pets.

Olga Uskova from Kazakhstan has been living in a Murjan apartment with her Tibetan spaniel Pancho since July last year.

She told Gulf News: “Getting rid of my dog is not even up for discussion as he is a member of my family now. I enjoy living here but I don’t understand this whole furore about keeping pets here. I walk my dog outside the main area and I always clean up after him.

“He has been chipped with a Municipality tag and doesn’t have any diseases; I really don’t see what the problem is.”

The charity K9 Friends has been inundated with calls from worried residents but they are unable to take in any more animals as they are at full capacity.

Nick Nice, a sales manager from England, lives with his Spanish jackabee, Lola, in Bahar One. He said there was absolutely no chance of him giving up his dog and said that someone would have to literally force Lola out of the complex.

“I have not received any communication from Dubai Properties on this issue; all I have heard is rumours from other people living here.

“I am a tenant and the contract I signed certainly said nothing about keeping pets. I think it’s a ridiculous policy considering the amount of rent we pay to stay in this flat.”

An official spokesperson for Dubai Properties LLC said, “The JBR Towers’ Association Constitution clearly states that pets are not allowed within the JBR premises. Despite this stipulation, we are receiving repeated complaints about residents flouting the rule.

“To address this problem and to ensure the entire JBR community complies with the clause for pets, we have offered a lenient time frame for residents to make alternative arrangements for their pets with immediate effect.

“Dubai Properties is also working closely with local animal care organisations to explore solutions for this issue at the earliest.”

Would you give up your pet if such a rule was implemented in your residential area? Is it fair for property developers to issues such clauses without prior warning? Why? Tell us at or fill in the form bellow to send your comments.

Your comments

All respectable apartment complexes do not allow pets as it is unhygienic. Apartment buildings are not suitable for pets, especially dogs. It is cruel to the pets who need space to run around, and a risk to other residents. If you want a pet, get a villa.
Posted: July 02, 2008, 09:34

The article implies that the rule on no pets was suddenly sprung on tenants. It is not so. For over a year there have been signs in all the lobby areas, clearly stating the no pet’s policy in JBR. I have issues with JBR Management, but on this topic I think they were upfront and clear.
Posted: July 02, 2008, 08:52

Definitely not, I bought this house and it is totally my personal space . No one is going to come in to my house and tell me what to do . Thanks
Posted: July 02, 2008, 08:29

When people take pets willingly, they are ready to take care of them, and pets become members of the family. Pets make people more affectionate and kinder. They are like children, would anyone give up his own child? If such rule is implemented to keep the area clean, then they should think of some other way to organize cleanness. Any warning of such kind is very cruel. What will the fate of poor animal be?
Posted: July 02, 2008, 08:29

I wouldn’t give up my pet. Pets become part of one’s family. They do not have the right to issue such a clause as long as it was not mentioned in the contract. Can u give up your child? For many, pets are their children.
Abu Dhabi,UAE
Posted: July 02, 2008, 08:06

It is really sad 2 know that there are people who just don?t love pets. If the tenants are taking care of their pets in a proper way and they are not causing any problems 2 other people living in the surrounding, there is no reason to through them away.
Abu Dhabi,UAE
Posted: July 02, 2008, 08:05

For God sake, Its a pet. Pets are like family. They need to be with the human race. No use to have a pet if you can’t keep one just because of a rule barring pets. Barr night Clubs, bad channels, these are things that need to be removed.!!!!
Posted: July 02, 2008, 07:58

It?s a ridiculous rule, how can you throw a pet you have cared for and loved out of your life. They become part of your family and they are not even any menace to the society. These days we have people among us who are dirtier, not fit to live in flats and menace to the society living in, who will take care of them
Posted: July 02, 2008, 07:51

Absolutely not. If JBR wants my pet out… then I go out with him. How does management come up with such ridiculous ideas?? This is supposed to be an interactive community. Instead of concentrating on removing our pets – they must concentrate on better service within the residences.
Posted: July 02, 2008, 06:47

The residents at the JBR are owners of their properties and not at the mercy of the whims and fancies of landlords. It is high time that the developers of these properties got their act together. As shock here (no resident visa for property owners) a shock there (no pets allowed in property) gives Dubai a name that it does not deserve.
Posted: July 02, 2008, 06:35

Giving up a pet is like giving up a child. This is the most ridiculous rule I have ever heard So basically I pay my rent, and you still, tell me what I can or cant do in my house?
Posted: July 02, 2008, 05:14