Shuttle taxi service soon for pets in Dubai


By R. Ramesh

DUBAI: On the lines of school buses for children, a British national is planning to launch a taxi “shuttle service” for pets soon in Dubai that will drop and pick up the four-legged loved ones from day-care centres.

Animal lover Arthur Obyrne, who runs a pet taxi service in the emirate, receives numerous calls and text messages every day for help from pet owners who face difficulty, as animals are not allowed to travel in public transport vehicles.

Lack of awareness about local rules also poses a problem for tourists. “Just the other day, a woman from Poland landed at the Dubai airport with her British bulldog. She was in distress as she could not hire any taxi home, as they are barred from carrying animals. Fortunately, someone gave her our number and we dropped her home in Greens,” says Obyrne.

The former business development officer got bored of the routine and was discussing with a friend in Dubai about starting his own business, when the idea of a private taxi service for pets occurred. More info