To begin with, as a general rule, pets must arrive as cargo — the import of pets as accompanied baggage or in-cabin is strictly prohibited.
However, you might have the option of bringing your pet into the UAE as accompanied baggage, in-cabin, if you choose to fly with Etihad into Abu Dhabi, if the following requirements are met (to see the full picture and latest updates, check the official website
Your pet's travel bag or kennel must not exceed:
40 x 40 x 20cm (L x W x H) — Economy Class
50 x 40 x 50cm (L x W x H) — Business Class and First Class.
8 kg — maximum weight of your pet and their travel bag
Meet all export and import specific requirements (depends on departure, transit countries as well)
Bookings have to be submitted at least 72 hours before travel via an online booking form, declaring details such as your pet's microchip numbe