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Pet Owners - Be Aware

While Zayed University works to secure appropriate housing for our employees, we are not able to accommodate the needs of pets. 

Landlords are very specific about their requirements and increasingly we are seeing "no pets" rules. As a result, most ZU accommodation does not permit pets and we cannot guarantee that you will be provided housing that permits pets. 

Do not plan on bringing your pet to the UAE.   Should your assigned housing permit pets, you may make arrangements for transport at that time after it is confirmed, in writing, that the landlord will in fact take your particular pet.

If you are on a shorter term contract, you will absolutely not be able to bring pets with you as you will be housed in furnished accommodation and pets are not allowed.

Prior to making the decision to bring your pet with you, be sure to investigate the laws governing the return of your pet to your home country. Most pets, except birds and certain breeds of dog, are allowed into the U.A.E.

The information given below is only a guide.  Additional paperwork, medical tests and preparation time, up to seven months for some countries, may be required.


Pets must be shipped to the U.A.E. as cargo and this can be very expensive.  You will have to contact one of the airlines to arrange shipment or you may wish to use a company specializing in shipping pets.  See the Web site of The Independent Pet and Animal Transportation Association International, Inc. for a list of pet shippers worldwide,  The airline or shipping company will advise you of the flight details and their documentation requirements.

Import Permit

Prior to bringing pets into the U.A.E. you must obtain an import permit for each pet.  The import permit can be processed by the University or one of the kennels in the U.A.E.

Vaccination Certificate

A copy of the vaccination record should be emailed or faxed to the Human Resources Department or kennel in the U.A.E. approximately three weeks prior to your pet’s arrival in the U.A.E. with full details of the pet - date of birth, sex, color, breed and microchip number.  The vaccination record should include the dates of all vaccinations and must show a valid rabies vaccination.  The certificate must be signed and stamped by your pet's veterinarian.

The only vaccination which is required in order to obtain an import permit is rabies.  However, the airlines and kennels may require additional vaccinations before they will accept your pets for shipping and boarding.  If you are coming from a Group 1 country, a Rabies Serum Neutralization test must be carried out by an accredited laboratory.  You will have to provide the original test certificate and the Serum Antibody Titers must not be less than 0.5 IU.

Group 1 Countries:

All African countries, All South American countries, Afghanistan, Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belarus, Bhutan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Cambodia, China, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Georgia, Hungary, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Korea, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Latvia, Lebanon, Lithuania, Mexico, Malaysia, Maldives, Malta, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Myanmar (Burma), Nepal, Oman, Pakistan, Philippines, Poland, Qatar, Republic of Macedonia, Romania, Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sri Lanka, Syrian Arab Republic, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Thailand, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Vietnam and Yemen

Group 2 Countries:

Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Cyprus, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, San Marino, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, U.S.A., U.K., Vatican City

If you are importing a pet from a country which is not listed above, please have the government vet of that country explain the local rabies status.  Some countries are rabies-free but not yet on list 2, in which case a statement from an official government authority may be accepted by the U.A.E. to enable shipment.

The vaccination record will be examined by the Ministry of Environment and Water.  They will issue an import permit (valid for sixty days) which costs Dhs 220 per pet if the University obtains the permit.  The kennels will charge processing fees.

General Conditions

Be sure to familiarize yourself with the general conditions of importation as outlined below:

  • The shipment must be accompanied by a current veterinary health certificate "Good Health Certificate" endorsed by the veterinarian of the government of the exporting country.
  • The country of exportation must have been free from rabies for the three years prior to exportation.
  • All animals one hundred and twenty days of age or older at the time of entry into the U.A.E. must be vaccinated against rabies with an approved inactivated rabies vaccine, administered no less than one month and not more than one year prior to arrival in the U.A.E. or the three-year vaccine may be used.
  • The animals must be examined by a veterinarian within forty eight hours prior to their arrival in the U.A.E. and be certified as being free of any evidence of infectious or contagious diseases and external parasites.  Have this certificate sent with the pet or bring it with you.

Good Health Certificate

Issued by your veterinarian on letterhead paper mentioning the name, age, breed, color and sex of the pet.  The certificate must state that the pet is rabies-free and in a healthy condition to travel.  The certificate must be signed and stamped by the veterinarian and be endorsed by the veterinarian of the government of the exporting country.  This certificate must accompany your pet and be issued within ten days of travel.


All pets must be microchipped and the microchip number must appear on all their documentation.  The microchip should be a ten or fifteen digit ISO compatible microchip.

Collecting Pets from the Airport

Once your pet has arrived in the U.A.E., the person in whose name the pet is shipped will have to go to the cargo section of the airport to collect the pet. In order to collect your pet from the airport, you will need the original import permit, vaccination and good health certificates (if not sent with the pet) and a photocopy of your passport. You will need to pay Dhs 200 to clear the veterinary department at the airport.   They only accept payment with an e-dirham card and these cards are only available in the U.A.E.  Alternatively, you can arrange for one of the kennels in the U.A.E. to collect your pet.

Kennels and Resources

If you will be housed in an hotel after your arrival in the U.A.E., you will have to arrange for your pets to be boarded at one of the kennels.  Kennel arrangements must be made prior to your arrival in the U.A.E.  You must arrange for kennel representatives to meet the flight on which your pets are arriving so that they can take immediate custody of your pets.  You will be able to visit your pets at the kennel.  You are responsible for arranging and paying for the shipment and kenneling of your pets.  Below are the contact details of some of the kennels:


Dubai Kennels and Cattery
Tel: 285-1646          Fax: 285-7167

Tel: 340-2902          Fax: 321-0711

Al Quoz Animals Care (The Doghouse)
Tel: 050 457 8874


Al Zubair Animal Care
Tel: 743-5988          Fax: 743-5688
Mobile: 050 647-6487

Abu Dhabi

British Veterinary Center
Tel: 665-0085          Fax: 665-0014
General Enquiries:
Pet Transport:

American Veterinary Clinic Kennels
Tel: 551-1578          Fax: 551-1375

National Veterinary Hospital
Tel: 446-1628 and 446-1828          Fax: 446-2548

Other Pet Resources

Pet owners, particularly those from the U.S.A., may find the following Web site helpful:

Pet insurance is now being offered by Royal Sun Alliance for pets resident in the U.A.E. Please see their Web site for details

Banned Dogs

American Staffordshire Terrier
American Pit Bull Terrier
American Bull Dog
Bull Terrier
Old English Bull Dog
Staffordshire Bull Terrier
Shar Pei
Perro de presa mallorquin/Bull Dog
Argentinean Mastiff
Miniature Bull Terrier
Canary dog fila brasilerio/ Brazilian Mastiff


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