The Waterfront Market is the best place to buy fresh fish in Dubai. The state-of-the-art market opened in 2017, replacing the old Deira Fish Market.
The new venue is very impressive. With polished floors and air conditioning, it’s much more like a large shopping mall than a traditional food market.
Much of the 100,000 square metres is occupied by stalls selling fish and seafood. There are also sections offering meat and poultry, fruit and vegetables, spices and dry goods, and dates.
The market also features an area where customers can have their fish cut/cleaned. There are a limited number of other retail outlets (jewellery, mobile phones etc.), plus a selection of restaurants.
Strict hygiene regulations are in place. The Waterfront Market also insist that traders wear uniforms and use management-supplied scales. All stalls are clearly marked with the name of the trader.
Facilities include cash machines, currency exchange, toilets, and prayer rooms.
A LuLu Hypermarket opened here in April 2019.
Waterfront Market is located on Al Khaleej Road, near Dubai Hospital. Free parking is available (around 800 underground spaces and 500 outdoor).
There is no Metro station within easy walking distance.
Waterfront Market is open every day. The fish section is open 24 hours. Check the official website for a complete set of opening times (details in the information box below).