Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia’s first dog cafe attracts many

Dog owners in Saudi Arabia can now enjoy a cup of coffee alongside their beloved pets at a new cafe – a first for the kingdom.

The Barking Lot, which opened its doors in June in the coastal city of Khobar, has delighted animal lovers in a country where there are few places to take pets outside the home.

The Barking Lot’s Kuwaiti owner, Dalal Ahmed, said she got the idea during a previous visit to the kingdom. “I came to Saudi Arabia for a visit with my dog, but wasn’t allowed to walk on the beach with him.”

In one section, dogs are treated to washes and blow dries as part of the grooming services offered. Some pets playfully romp around, while others sit on their owners’ laps, or wait patiently at the counter as their guardians order drinks.


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