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Fish Souks
“Fresh Fish”

The Dubai fish souk is located at Deira and you can find barrels and giant tubs laden with king fish, red snapper, rock cod, barracuda, tune, lobster, crab, king prawn, sea bream, squid, pomfrets, shark, mackerel, sardine as well as the local hammour fish. All around the year you find the regulars as well as specialties of the season at the souk. One of the most famous sights at the souk is the blue lobster from Fujairah. Baby sharks are also known to draw a lot of attention. The fish and sea food is fresh and it is extremely intriguing to watch traders unload the crates of fish into the souk, the shopkeepers cleaning and the gutting and the customers haggling.

The best time to visit the Dubai fish souk is early in the morning and at late nights. As it is with all fish markets, this souk is also very smelly and dirty. The souk is not meant for people with weak stomachs. People who cannot stand the rancid smells and the butchers at their work should not come to the fish souk. Those who can, it would be indeed smart on their part if they wore old clothes and shoes; in case they get spoiled you can always throw them away. Else, better it’s better to go waterproof. For the most part, the Dubai fish souk attracts a lot of photographers. You can find them trying to capture the abundant and bizarre varieties of fish displayed in the stores.

A fishing museum also lies nearby, which showcases the fishing culture of Dubai and the neighboring areas. Fishing has been a part of the rich heritage of the region and with the Dubai fish souk; it relives the habits and practices followed by traders back in the day. If you find fish markets exciting, then a visit to this old-fashioned souk is definitely worthwhile.

Information Opening Hours 10:00-14:00 / 16:00-22:00 (Sat-Thurs) 16:00-22:00 (Fri)