Dubai Fish Souk

Mention to someone that you’re travelling to Dubai and they often respond with intrigue. Tell them that you’re planning a visit to the fish markets, and watch them raise a brow and turn up their nose.

Explain your affliction with discovering global food markets, remind them that you publish a travel and food website, and watch their features relax into acceptance behind thoughts such as “we know she’s mad”.

But Dubai’s fish souk is nothing that turns up your nose.

Dubai Fish Souk

Arriving shortly after noon from a visit to the Jumeirah Mosque, the benches are almost empty and the workers are busy putting the day’s catch away.

“Hamour! Hamour!”

I hear one of the men call out to me, pointing to grouper fish lying over ice. Hamour is the specialty fish of Dubai, a tasty fish we ate at the Moroccan restaurant Shoo Fee Ma Fee in Souk Madinat Jumeirah.

Another gestures me to take his photo. He holds up a fish and looks as proud as if he had just caught it. I have a second to capture his photo before I move out of the way of containers being put away.

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His co-workers look on in amusement.

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There is fresh fish around, with varieties I don’t recognise. I note the large sized prawns and ponder where they come from.

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To one side, there is a display of dried fish that captures my interest but none of it labelled.

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I would have liked to see the buzz of the markets with the workers weighing and preparing the fish and seafood but that has to be for another time.

Dubai Fish Souk

Dubai’s Fish Souk is located in the Deira district, conveniently adjacent to the Food Markets and Date Souk, and a five minute walk from the Gold Souk. If you’re planning to visit, best to arrive early in the morning as there is little to see after midday.

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Mosque outside the Fish Markets

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Fish Market Mural

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Dubai Fish Souk was last modified: December 20th, 2015 by Corinne Mossati

Corinne Mossati

Corinne Mossati is the Founder/Editor of popular online magazine Gourmantic and Cocktails & Bars, a website dedicated to cocktail culture and the discerning drinker. She is named in Australian Bartender Magazine’s Top 100 Most Influential List since 2013, is a member of The Academy responsible for judging the World’s 50 Best Bars. She has also judged the inaugural Australasian Whisky Awards and various national cocktail competitions.


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  4. I love fish and would love to wander round that market. Jumbo prawns are my favorite but never seen any that big before.

  5. I wish i would have known about the Fish Souk when i was in Dubai – I love hitting the local food markets. it will probably be awhile before I make it back there again so I’ll just have to live a trip vicariously through your post! 🙂

    • I missed out on one more souk during my stay, but next time…

      Just as I live my Paris cocktail dreams through yours 🙂

  6. Since we live on the coast I know the allure of the fish market & have to say that, smelly as it is, there’s no better place to get the freshest catch & soak up a bit of the local color.
    And, I’m right there with you on your pursuit of global food markets, fantastic 🙂

    • I don’t mind the smell at all. It’s mostly a smell of the ocean when the fish is fresh. Oh to be along the Med as you are and buy the fresh fish!

  7. Fantastic to see what a fish market in Dubai is like! Thank you! I too love to explore food markets when traveling. Interesting they all have matching uniforms.

  8. going to see a fish place would be the last place i would have visited if i was going to Dubai

    • I totally understand. But I’m always curious about food markets while I’m travelling. And I love seafood…

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