The Dubai Pet Festival returns to Souk Al Marfa on Deira Islands

The family-friendly event featured activities and exhibitions as well as fancy dress competitions

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Pets and pet-owners were in for a treat at the Dubai Pet Festival.

The one-day event took place at Souk Al Marfa, Deira Islands, on Sunday, with myriad activities. These included dog-training demonstrations, a police K9 dog squad show, grooming demos, fancy dress competitions, a petting farm and play areas for children.

There were also exhibitors selling pet products and access to animal welfare and adoption agencies.

Ahead of the event, visitors needed to register their pets at the entrance with a mandatory veterinary check and temperament assessment, with all pets needing to have a valid passport with up-to-date vaccinations as per UAE law.

What is Souk Al Marfa?