Dubai's four-legged residents flock to new dog park at Akoya Oxygen

Central Bark is the latest dog-friendly space to open in the city

Dubai’s four-legged residents have a new spot to to call their own, following the opening of Central Bark, a dedicated dog park in Dubai’s Akoya Oxygen community. This follows the opening of a dog park at Damac Hills two weeks ago, firmly placing Damac communities among the most dog friendly in the city.

DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, December 10 – People with their dogs after the official opening of Central Bark (dog park) in DAMAC Akoya Oxygen in Dubai. (Pawan Singh / The National) For Lifestyle/Online/Instagram. Story by Hayley

A fully enclosed spot surrounded by trees, Central Bark is a five minute walk from the Akoya Oxygen Community Centre and is located behind the community's Carrefour supermarket. It is open to all and free to enter. Opening day included doggy agility demonstrations, competitions and games. The festivities concluded with a showing of Frozen on the lawn by the dog park.

Central Bark's “unleashing ceremony” was organised by Flopster, a self-dubbed “pet community facilitator”, which brings the UAE’s pet lovers together and supports developers such as Damac in creating more pet-friendly communities.

Laetitia Guidicelli, founder of Flopster, commented: “The UAE has seen an increase in pet-friendly and bespoke pet-focused events and activities in recent years and we are proud to have played a key role in this development.

“The opening of Akoya’s dog friendly park is testament to the growing number of developers who seek to enhance their communities’ offerings to cater to the growing number of pet owners.

"As a business that brings the UAE’s animal lovers together, we are proud to support Damac in their efforts to create bespoke pet-friendly spaces across their developments. We look forward to hosting many exciting events at Akoya in the coming months.”

Flopster has also launched #FlopsterFridays at the dog-friendly beach at Al Jazira Bungalows in Ghantoot. For Dh100 per person, dog owners and their furry friends get full access to the pet-friendly beach, as well as doggie activities, surfing lessons, sunset beach yoga and games.