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 market offers a cleaner and more comfortable shopping environment than its predecessor. It is purpose-built with odour control and air conditioning that helps to keep the area cool and comfortable.
It covers an area of more than 100,000 square metres, making it one of the largest food markets in the Middle East.
The Waterfront Market in Dubai is more than just a place to buy fish and seafood. The market also sells meat and poultry, fruit and vegetables, dry goods and spices. There are also retail shops, a hypermarket, and restaurants.
The Waterfront Market is the perfect place to go if you’re looking for fresh, delicious seafood. The fish market area is the main and largest section of the mall. With over 500 vendors, there’s no shortage of options when it comes to finding the perfect fish for your meal.
The market supports hundreds of local fishermen that bring their catch directly to the market each day. Varieties of fish from all regions of the world are also available.
The dedicated cutting and cleaning area is a busy hive of activity, where customers can have their fish prepared the way they want it.
Strict hygiene regulations are in place. The Waterfront Market also insists that traders wear uniforms and use management-supplied scales. All stalls are marked with the name of the trader.
Meat and Poultry Market
The Meat and Poultry Market is the perfect place to find fresh, delicious meats. You’ll find a wide variety of lamb, beef, chicken, and camel cuts, as well as prepared meats like sausages and kebabs.
Fruit and Vegetables Market
The Fruit and Vegetable Market offers a wide variety of local and imported produce, including organic options. The prices are competitive, and the quality is high.
Dry Goods and Spices Market
The Dry Goods and Spices Market is one of the most vibrant and exciting parts of the market. The stalls are piled high with an array of dried fruit and nuts, spice and herbs, flour, rice, pasta, olives, and other staples.
This area is a great place to stock up on supplies for cooking, and it’s also a great place to pick up some interesting new flavours to experiment with.
Lulu Hypermarket is a leading supermarket chain operating in the UAE and throughout the Middle East. Their store at Waterfront Market is located on the first floor.
It offers a wide range of products, including household goods, frozen goods, bakery items, and delicatessen. The hypermarket compliments the markets downstairs, offering a convenient place to stock up on all your essentials.
Retail stores line the walkways connecting the markets. Stores here sell a range of products including clothing, perfumes, toys, mobile phones, art, and souvenirs.
When you’re done shopping, you can enjoy a meal at one of the many restaurants and cafes here. There are a variety of cuisines available, so you’re sure to find something to your taste.
Most food and beverage outlets are located on the promenade side of the market. One of the best things about eating here is the stunning views of the water.
Deira Waterfront Market is open every day of the week. The Fish Market, Meat and Poultry Market, and Fruit and Vegetable Market are open 24 hours (with a short break in the afternoon for cleaning).
Check the official website for a complete set of timings (details in the information box below).
The Waterfront Market offers a range of facilities to make your shopping experience as convenient as possible. If you need to withdraw cash, there are ATMs located throughout the market. There are also money exchange services available.
In addition, there are toilets and prayer rooms.
Location and Getting There
Dubai’s Waterfront Market is located on Al Khaleej Road in Deira, near Al Hamriya Port (Mina Al Hamriya).
The market boasts outdoor and basement car parks. Parking is free for customers.
There’s a taxi drop-off and pick-up area at the main entrance.
Bus services to Waterfront Market include:
- 17 – Sabkha Bus Station to Muhaisnah – Stops include Waterfront Market, Hamriya Port, and Stadium Metro Station.
- C17 – Circular route from Deira City Centre Bus Station – Stops include Deira City Centre Metro Station and Waterfront Market
There are no Dubai Metro stations within easy walking distance. The closest are Gold Souq, Salah al Din, and Abu Baker Al Siddique. All these stations are on the Green Line and around 1.5 miles from the market.
The Waterfront Market is owned by Ithra Dubai.
Ithra Dubai is a leading real estate developer and asset manager wholly owned by the Investment Corporation of Dubai (ICD), the investment arm of the Dubai government.
Other projects in Ithra Dubai’s portfolio include One Za’abeel and the Gold Souk Extension.