KHOBAR, SAUDI ARABIASEPTEMBER 25, 2020SOURCE: AFPTV
1. Wide shot dog chewing on a toy at the Barking Lot cafe, a first for ultra-conservative Saudi Arabia, in the coastal city of Khobar 2. Wide shot mask-clad dog owners and their pets sitting at the Barking Lot cafe3. Mid shot mask-clad dog owner and her pet ordering food and drink at the Barking Lot cafe4. Tracking shot dog and its owner at the Barking Lot cafe, owner pulling his pet on a leash
5. SOUNDBITE 1 - Dalal Ahmed, the Barking Lot's Kuwaiti owner (female, Arabic, 11 sec): "(I opened the cafe) because there isn't a place in Saudi Arabia that people can take their dogs to as it is forbidden by governmental authorities for dogs to go to any location outside. That's why I decided to bring together all dog owners in one place where they can enjoy their time and be comfortable and dogs can play at the same time."
6. Mid shot mask-clad dog owners and their pets sitting at the Barking Lot cafe7. Close-up dog sitting in his owner's lap at the Barking Lot cafe8. Wide shot mask-clad dog owners and their pets sitting at the Barking Lot cafe, dogs playing together9. Mid shot dog sitting in his owner's lap at the Barking Lot cafe10. Low angle shot mask-clad dog owner and his pets sitting at the Barking Lot cafe
11. SOUNDBITE 2 - Nawaf, Saudi citizen living in Khobar (male, Arabic, 8 sec): "This place is so beautiful. I came here to play with the dogs, which now have a cafe for themselves for the first time in Saudi Arabia."
12. Wide shot mask-clad dog owners and their pets sitting at the Barking Lot cafe
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In changing Saudi Arabia, first dog cafe delights pet lovers By Rania Sanjar
Khobar, Saudi Arabia, Sept 29, 2020 (AFP) - Dog owners in Saudi Arabia can now enjoy a cup of coffee alongside their beloved pets at a new cafe -- a first for the ultra-conservative kingdom.In Islam, dogs are considered unclean animals -- unlike cats -- and are generally banned from public places in Saudi Arabia.But 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 country's once-notorious religious police used to ban the walking of pets, saying men were using it as a means to make passes at women.But the ban was widely flouted and pets are becoming an increasingly common sight.Animal shelters have sprung up in several cities.The adoption of strays has become more popular in the rapidly modernising kingdom, which has undergone sweeping changes as part of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's "Vision 2030" plan.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," she told AFP."I was very sad and decided to help by opening a coffee shop for people who have dogs -- and even for those who do not."Young men and women gather at the cafe with dogs of all sizes.Some pets playfully romp around, while others sit on their owners' laps, or wait patiently at the counter as their guardians order drinks.In one section, dogs are treated to washes and blow dries as part of the grooming services offered."The idea of this cafe is very new," said Johara, a Saudi citizen. "It's a distinct place where dogs can come and meet other dogs."For Nawaf, also from Saudi Arabia, it was the first time visiting the cafe, which he described as "beautiful". "I came here to play with the dogs, which now have a cafe for themselves for the first time in Saudi Arabia," he said. rs/dm/sls/pjm/kir