AJMAN, United Arab Emirates: Apartment dwellers in a part of the UAE have received blanket eviction notices – for their pets. Officials in Ajman, an emirate north of Dubai, have banned pets such as dogs and cats from apartments and put a two-dog limit for single-family houses.
Abu Dhabi’s The National newspaper Monday quotes top Ajman official Sheikh Rashid Humaid Al-Nuaimi as saying the new rule will be phased in, starting now, for health and sanitary reasons.
The report says pets will be only allowed in single-family homes with outdoor space.
Pet ownership is not part of traditional Emirati culture, but the United Arab Emirates has millions of expatriate residents who have dogs, cats and other pets.
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on September 12, 2012, on page 13.