In changing Saudi Arabia, first dog cafe delights pet lovers

October 26, 2020
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In a first, Saudi Arabia is getting a dog café where pet owners in the kingdom will now be able to enjoy with their dogs while sipping on a cup of tea.

According to AFP, in Islam, dogs are considered unclean animals, unlike cats, and are generally banned from public places in Saudi Arabia. But now, with this new café, the situation might change.

Reportedly, a café name The Barking Lot is opening its doors in June in the coastal city of Khobar for pet owners to enjoy inside the premises. This news has delighted animal lovers in a country where there are few places to take pets outside the home.

The Barking Lot’s owner, Dalal Ahmed, told AFP she got the idea during a visit to the kingdom. “I came to Saudi Arabia for a visit with my dog, but wasn’t allowed to walk on the beach with him. I was very sad and decided to help by opening a coffee shop for people who have dogs — and even for those who do not,” she said.

Earlier, the country’s religious police used to ban the walking of pets outside, saying men were using it as a means to make passes at women, AFP reported. However, this ban was often broken by people as pets were becoming an increasingly common sight. Additionally, animal shelters have sprung up in several cities.

At the café, young pet owners gather with their dogs, who playfully romp around, while others sit on their owners’ laps, or wait patiently at the counter.

In one section, dogs are treated to washes and blow dries as part of the grooming services offered.

Johara, a Saudi citizen, “The idea of this cafe is very new. It’s a distinct place where dogs can come and meet other dogs.”

“I came here to play with the dogs, which now have a cafe for themselves for the first time in Saudi Arabia,” Nawaf, who is from Saudi Arabia said.

Earlier, the country’s religious police used to ban the walking of pets outside, saying men were using it as a means to make passes at women, AFP reported. However, this ban was often broken by people as pets were becoming an increasingly common sight. Additionally, animal shelters have sprung up in several cities.

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