Calling all pet owners – An update on the UAE Pet Laws

Calling all pet owners – An update on the UAE Pet Laws

If you own a pet in the UAE, keep reading! In July 2017 there will be two major enforcements as per the Federal Law No. 22 of 2016:

  • All dog owners must obtain a license before 1st of July 2017. This includes the previously banned breeds: Boxers, Dobermans, Mastiffs, Pitubulls, Persa Canarios, Tosas, and Rottweilers.
  • Owners of exotic and dangerous pets must hand their pets to the authorities before July 2017. This includes spiders, scorpions, snakes, and lizards. Check the complete list of dangerous pets and dangerous dogs in the Appendix of the Federal Law No. 22 of 2016.

How do I obtain a license for my pet?

  1. Collect your vaccination report and any other medical reports and documentation.
  2. Take your pet to a vet clinic or to Dubai Municipality Veterinary Centre.
  3. Submit your Emirates ID and complete contact information.
  4. A traceable micro-chip must be implanted between the shoulders. If your pet already has had it done, carry necessary documents to prove it or ask for a scan to show that the chip has been implanted.
  5. Once the mico-chip is implanted, a registration tag or ID will be given which the owner must attach to the pet’s collar and it must be visible.

What are the penalties?

 The law has listed number of fines to protect the public’s safety and health, here’s the list of the fines mentioned in the law:  

  • Owners who fail to keep their dog on a leash at all times when in public will face a fine of at least AED 10,000 and not more than AED 100,000.
  • Residents possessing dangerous animals for trading purposes will face a fine of AED 50,000 to 500,000 along with jail time.
  • Using animals to terrorize people will be fine with AED 700,000 to AED 1,000,000 and/or jail time.
  • 3 to 7 years jail time to the owner of a dangerous animal that leaves a person permanently disabled.
  • If the attack leads to death, the owner will face life imprisonment.


For more information and inquiry about the new laws and registering your pet, you can contact The Ministry of Climate Change and  Environment on 800 3050 or the Dubai Municipality Veterinary Centre on 04 289 1114.

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