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  • May 4th, 2011

Deira Fish Market

As soon as you arrive at the fish market in Deira the “fishy” smell hits you. Its early morning and the market is in full swing. A hive of activity, the day’s catch is being sold in a huge covered hall which houses stall upon stall of fish. The mainly immigrant workers are from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh. They’re very happy to demonstrate the cutting and cleaning processes and to point out the different types of fish. Hammour, Red Snapper, Lobster, Mackerel, Sardines, Parrot Fish and many more.The sheer variety of fish is amazing. As they are piled high onto ceramic slabs, their scales contort and reflect the glints of sunlight. The most amazing colours and patterns are created, shimmering iridescent shades. Silver tinged with pink and yellow and beautifully translucent blue and green. This may not be the most obvious tourist destination but it’s certainly one of the most interesting places in Dubai and a great source of design inspiration.


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