Yas Island: Abu Dhabi's Pet-Friendly Destination

Yas Island: Abu Dhabi’s Pet-Friendly Destination

Yas Island, after 12 years since it opened, is experiencing a resurgence, making it an ideal spot for pet owners to explore with their furry friends. From pet-friendly restaurants and bars to walkways, Yas Island is quickly becoming Abu Dhabi’s most dog-friendly destination. Here are some pet-friendly places to visit while on Yas Island.

Pet Friendly Places in Yas Island

Yas Bay Waterfront:

Pet friendly Yas Island

The recently opened Yas Bay Waterfront is a fantastic destination for both humans and pets. With palm-lined pathways and stunning waterfront views, it’s the ideal spot for a sunset walk.

Dogs are welcome as long as they’re kept on a leash at all times. The location provides waste bags and bins to make it easier for guests to clean up after their furry friends.

Yas Marina:

Yas Marina in Abu Dhabi is more than just a marina; it’s also a great spot for pet owners to enjoy a walk, dining, and leisure activities. With 227 berths, the marina boasts seven licensed restaurants and lounges to suit all budgets and tastes.

These outlets offer stunning views of the Yas Viceroy hotel and race track. In the evening, Yas Marina transforms into a lively scene of dining and nightlife entertainment suitable for the whole family. It’s an ideal destination for pet owners, with amenities like premier fitness facilities, physiotherapy, water sports, boat charters, a children’s playground, and a musical water fountain.

Pet Friendly Restaurants in Yas Island:

1- Diablito:

For lovers of Spanish-style cuisine, Diablito is the perfect spot for you. This casual dining spot offers delectable tapas and stone-baked pizzas alongside fantastic views of Yas Marina. Guests are welcome to bring their furry companions to join them on the downstairs terrace, which boasts great views of superyachts. Pre-booking is recommended, given that the terrace is small.

2- Emmy Squared Pizza:

This New York-based pizza chain made its debut in Abu Dhabi earlier this year, with its first UAE home located in Yas Bay Waterfront. Emmy Squared Pizza offers square-shaped pizzas with crisp bases, fluffy focaccia dough, and caramelized cheesy crusts. Guests can enjoy the waterfront views from indoor and outdoor seating options, and dogs are welcome to join their owners on the terrace.

3- The Lighthouse Yas Island:

The Lighthouse restaurant is located in Yas Bay and serves up Mediterranean-inspired dishes, delicious coffee, and a selection of pastries.

The restaurant offers daily drinks deals, and the staff is friendly, welcoming both human and doggy guests with open arms. Outdoor seating is the only option available for guests accompanied by their pets, but there are large umbrellas to provide ample shade.

4- Akiba Dori:

Japanese street food concept Akiba Dori recently opened at Yas Bay after achieving success in Dubai Design District. This eatery is the only Tokyo-style Neapolitan pizzeria in the UAE, and its décor and name are inspired by Akihabara, the neon-filled district of Japan’s capital.

While the interior is filled with neon lights and brightly colored furniture, the terrace offers a more relaxing ambiance. The restaurant is pet-friendly, with staff happy to provide water bowls for furry friends.

5- Stars N Bars:

Although not entirely dog-friendly, Stars N Bars at Yas Marina hosts weekly seasonal Sunday brunches where pups are welcome. From noon until 4 pm, every Sunday during winter, guests can enjoy a Dh99 menu that includes one drink and items such as a full English breakfast, French toast, and shakshuka.

Dogs are provided with a large bowl of water and treats to keep them occupied while their owners eat.

Pet Friendly Hotels in Yas Island

1- W Abu Dhabi

Yas Island: Yas Island is also home to the W Abu Dhabi – Yas Island, the capital’s first luxury hotel that welcomes pets. Cats, dogs, and goldfish weighing up to 18 kilograms are allowed inside the hotel’s Living Room and suites.

Doggy guests receive their own bed, bowls for food and water, and special treats to ensure they’re comfortable during their stay.

2- Staybridge Suites Yas Island


Prior booking for pets. Weight of pet 20 Kg or below. Available Studio Suite or 1BR without balcony. Max 2 pets can be accommodated in one room and should be booked 1BR.

Pet charges are 70 AED per day and one time exit charges for deep cleaning 350 AED

Pet Friendly Activities in Yas Island

Island Blue Boats

Island Blue Boats

Departing from Yas Marina, located at the world famous Yas Marina F1 Circuit, our trips are designed to let you experience Abu Dhabi from the water.

  • Sunset tours
  • Fishing
  • Island hopping

Book your next Abu Dhabi boating adventure with us. Island Hopping adventures are pooch and kid friendly

In conclusion, Yas Island is becoming a pet-friendly haven for pet owners, with various pet-friendly establishments and facilities. Whether it’s dining out, taking a walk, or enjoying a luxurious hotel stay with your furry friend, Yas Island has everything a pet owner could ask for.

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