Dubai Doggy Destination!
We are teachers living in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. We have one dog and two guinea pigs who need company and care while we return to the US for our summer vacation. Plum is a rescued desert dog who loves to play and walk. Her favorite toys are stuffed animals from IKEA - we keep a steady supply so she can shake them around! Ziggy and Lemon, our guinea pigs, don't seem to notice Plum at all, and get along fine together in their custom cage made from wire crates.
Our Home & Location
Our 3 bedroom apartment is in the Motor City neighborhood of Dubai. We have wifi, laundry in the apartment, and a full kitchen. Swimming pool just outside the of entrance of our building includes a small gym with machines and weights. Our neighborhood is very green and offers shaded paths and gardens for Plum's daily walks. Cafes (Cafe Nero, Costa, Caribou Coffee, Starbucks), grocery store (Spinneys), restaurants, dry cleaners, salons, medical clinic, pharmacies, book stores, and many other services are within a 10-minute walk. Dubai bus stop is within 10-minute walk, taking you to malls and other attractions, and linking with the Dubai Metro rail system. Taxis are available by phone or app 24 hours a day. Rental car office is nearby; we have a parking stall in the basement of our building. Food delivery from local restaurants and markets is easy and quick.
Local must-see attractions include the Burj Khalifa, Burj Al Arab, beaches, historical Bastakiya neighborhood, Dubai Creek walking and shopping destination, traditional Spice Souq and Gold Souq. Take a ride across the creek in a traditional abra, catch a concert at the Dubai Opera, go ice skating and visit the aquarium in Dubai Mall, or go skiing in the Mall of the Emirates. Dubai offers cuisine from around the world; enjoy it with a traditional mint lemonade. In nearby Abu Dhabi, visit the Grand Mosque and the Louvre-Abu Dhabi.
Responsibilities & Pets
Plum needs to be walked for 30 minutes in the morning and evening, then fed and watered. She loves play time and petting whenever she can get it! Lemon and Ziggy need feeding and watering once daily, and their cage will need cleaning out every two weeks. We have some indoor and outdoor plants that need watering (outdoor plants daily, indoor plants weekly). We work full time so the animals (and plants) are used to us being away from home during the working day; as long as you are home to take care of walks and food and give Plum company in the evenings, the rest of your day is yours to work, rest, and be a tourist in this amazing city.