A new hotel – a villa surrounded by a large park complete with a swimming pool and even a diving board for guests – is causing controversy in Cairo. The clients of the new luxury establishment will not be wealthy businssmen on holiday, but dogs.
The idea was dreamt up by a young Egyptian Tamer al-Abd. According to independent Egyptian daily al-Masri al-Yom it was his way of displaying his love for the animal described as “man’s best friend”. His “seven star hotel for dogs” opened in Mansouriya on the outskirts of Cairo has already caused scandal in Egypt a Muslim majority country where dogs are considered impure.
Al-Abd said he had the idea after having noted in particular the increase in the country in requests for dog training courses. However green spaces in Egyptian cities are diminishing and animal owners are increasingly likely to travel.