By Faisal Masudi, Staff Reporter

Dubai: A new hotel for animals is expected to open doors by the end of 2013 in Dubai, officials have revealed.

Four-legged guests will have dressing and grooming rooms, therapy sessions, laundry services, playgrounds, air-conditioning, supervisors and vets.

The 835-square-metre hotel is part of a new birds market project of Dubai Municipality (DM) coming up in Al Warsan area. The hotel is expected to receive pets, mostly dogs and cats, of residents going abroad on holiday, said Maher Al Hawarenah, principal architecture design engineer at DM’s General Projects Department.

Pet owners would be able to monitor the hotel guests online, he added.

Al Hawarenah told Gulf News the hotel will be based on a ground-level floor, with ‘doors’ in dog ‘rooms’ that would allowed them to step outside at will into an enclosure.

There will be a clinic and quarantine facility nearby in the new birds market. His comments follow news that the upcoming market is 52 per cent ready. More info