Furry Friends Welcome

There’s nothing quite as relaxing and enjoyable as spending lazy afternoons with your furry friends. What’s even better is when you can take them with you to socialise, be it a catch up in a café, a picnic at the park or a run around on the beach.

We’ve rounded up some of the best hotspots on the island that welcome both you and your pets, as well as a few simple tips and areas of pet etiquette to follow when you’re out with them. So, leash up, grab a toy and head to the great outdoors to enjoy quality time with your pooch (or other leashed pet) by your side!


Photo by Matt Nelson, Unsplash
Photo by Matt Nelson, Unsplash

Café culture has become extremely popular in the Kingdom and there are plenty of pet-friendly outlets that offer an inclusive and safe space for both you and your doggos. Pet etiquette in cafés revolves around respect, responsibility and consideration for others. By following these guidelines, you can enjoy quality time with your furry friend while encouraging a positive atmosphere for everyone around you.

Respect the Rules
First and foremost, before heading out take a moment to review the establishment’s pet policy. Some cafés may have designated outdoor seating areas or specific guidelines regarding pet behaviour. Call ahead or do a quick recce beforehand.

Maintain Control of Your Pet
Just like humans, pets can have their moments of excitement but it’s important to make sure they remain well-behaved. Keep them on a leash or harness and discourage excessive barking or disruptive behaviour. Bringing along a favourite toy or treat can help keep them occupied and content.

Mind Your Space
While your furry companion may be the apple of your eye, be mindful that not everyone will share the same sentiment. Respect others’ personal space and be conscious of any aversions fellow guests may have to animals. Keep your pet close to you and avoid encroaching on neighbouring tables and if someone seems uneasy around your pet, consider moving to a quieter area.

Be Aware of Your Pet’s Needs
Before you head out, ensure your pets are well-fed and hydrated. Avoid feeding them at the table as this can be unsanitary. Instead carry treats for rewarding good behaviour and a small water bowl with you in case your dog gets thirsty. ✤

Pet Friendly Cafés
Most establishments only allow pets in the outdoor areas, not inside the café or restaurant. It’s advisable to call beforehand to double-check their pet policies.

  • Angelina Paris Bahrain, Riffa
  • Chez Sophie, Amwaj Islands
  • Emmawash, Budaiya
  • GB Cafe, Bahrain Fort Museum
  • Greek Street, Seef
  • Hopscotch, Saar
  • Lanterns, Amwaj Islands
  • Oak, Riffa
  • Solymar, Amwaj Islands


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Planning a day out with your pooch? Whether hitting the beach or picnicking in the park, an outing with your furry friends makes it even more special. Bahrain has plenty of exciting spots to enjoy a fun beach or park day. Follow these paw-some tips to keep your pets safe and comfortable.

Pack the Essentials: Before heading out, remember to take some basic items, such as plenty of fresh water to keep them hydrated, a collapsible bowl for easy drinking and bin bags for cleanup. Don’t forget a life jacket for protection and a towel to dry them off if they decide to go for a swim.

Beware of Loose/Stray Dogs: While you may have your pet under control, not all dogs at the beach or park are on their best behaviour. Be cautious of loose or aggressive, stray dogs and, if necessary, move to a different area to avoid potential conflicts.

Use a Long Leash: Opt for a long leash to give your pet some freedom to explore while still maintaining control. An equine lead rein can be handy for allowing your pet to roam freely within a safe distance, while keeping them within reach.

Beware of Hot Sand: The sand can heat up quickly under the sun, potentially burning your pet’s sensitive paw pads. Test the temperature of the sand with the back of your hand (if you can’t stand the heat for five seconds, it’s too hot for your dog) before allowing your pet to walk on it and consider bringing along booties for extra protection.

Provide Shade and Water: Keep an eye out for signs of overheating, such as excessive panting, drooling or lethargy. Make sure there’s a shaded area where your pet can take a break and cool down. Bring along an umbrella or portable shade tent and pack plenty of fresh water to keep them hydrated.

Don’t Forget Sunscreen: Just like humans, pets can get sunburnt too, especially short-haired breeds or recently shaved dogs. Apply pet-safe sunscreen (minimum SPF of 30), paying extra attention to exposed areas like their nose, ears and paws.

Rinse Off: After some fun in the sun, give your pet a thorough rinse with clean, fresh water to remove any salt, sand or other debris from their coat. This will help prevent irritation and keep their skin and fur healthy.

Maintain Cleanliness: Last but not least, it’s crucial to clean up after your pet and take responsibility for any mess they may make. Bring along poop bags to pick up waste and throw them in the designated bins. ✤

Pet Friendly Parks and Beaches

  • Pet Park, Janabiya
  • Budaiya Park
  • Dohat Arad Park
  • Prince Khalifa Bin Salman Park, Hidd
  • Nurana Beach, Karranah
  • Floating City and Kite Beach, Amwaj Islands

If you are taking your dog out in public to any place where they might encounter fellow canines, make sure they are fully up to date with all their vaccinations to protect both your own pet and others.