Souks are traditional market
places of the Middle Eastern region. Like the bazaars of India, souks are noisy
and crowded with people. Cries of vendors calling out to prospective customers
as well as people bargaining with shop keepers are a regular sight. Historically,
souks were an important destination for traders from around the world. They
unloaded their goods at these markets. Buying and selling of several items like
spices, nuts, fabrics as well as other products took place here. The souks in
Dubai were bustling and even now they are a great attraction for people. The
Dubai fish souk is not a conventional tourist attraction; but it is fascinating
to see the different varieties of fish and sea food displayed.
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 itís 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.
The Dubai fish souk recently obtained a total renovation. This was done to keep the traditional souk alive and spread the awareness of their importance to the locals and tourists alike. In addition to the fish souk, there is also a sea food restaurant for tourists to sample local varieties. There is also a vegetable and fruit market nearby which offers specialty fresh fruits of the region.
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.