Although many of the other souk's in Deira and Dubai are interesting ( Spice, Gold, etc.), they are somewhat touristy. This one is not. It is a fantastic insight in to a more real Dubai than many see when in Dubai. Located near the Gold Souk, it is a short 10 minute walk across a footbridge over the freeway and you are there!
It is interesting that when you ask a concierge about it, they probably won't know too much. So here is the low down. Market opens about 5 am and is really busy with locals buying and selling fish until maybe 8 or 9. It is still open for a couple of hours, until about 12. It then closed until 4pm when it re-opens.
What is there to see in a fish market in Dubai....All sorts of fish... Dried fish, sharks, belt fish, octopus, lobster, huge shrimp. This market is huge. Every table is stacked high with fish with the merchants weighing it out using old school scales. The merchants are quite friendly and seemed to like to have pictures taken. They would always ask to see the picture and grab a friend for another. Some ask for a few dirham donation, but that was the exception not the rule.
In the time that I was there, I did not see any other obvious travellers. Only local women, men, merchants and fish galore.
There is also a huge colorful vegetable and fruit market right there that is also wonderful, full of color and great smells. A separate meat market is in a refrigerated area in the same area.
There are a couple of restaurants ( very working type restaurants.) and opportunity to purchase tea, coffee or drinks ( water, pop.)
If there is one market not to miss in Dubai, this is it. Go there, you will not be disappointed.
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