Open-air markets in Dubai
Open-air markets are not suited to the climate of Dubai. Those that do exist are not in central locations and they are mainly frequented by locals and non-Western expats.
The fish market in Shindagha, opposite the famous gold souk, is well worth a visit, even if you don’t buy anything. Almost like a trip to an aquarium, you will be able to see a wide range of local fish including crabs, lobsters, kingifsh and baby sharks. The fish are so fresh that some of them are still moving. It is definitely not an experience for those who feel a little squeamish at the sight of fish blood. The market opens to individual customers at 6.30 am every day. You may want to bargain, but the prices are already very low.
Fruit and Vegetable Market
The freshest fruit and vegetables in town are found at the fruit and vegetable market. Now located in a large purpose-built area in Ras al Khor, opposite International City, there is a very wide variety of local and imported produce available. It is closed on Fridays but open every other day of the week from mid-morning until late evening. Produce is sold by the kilo and it is not always possible to select the items you want. This means it does not really meet the needs of private individuals. English is not widely spoken and very few women go there. Those women who do make the trip report feeling uncomfortable in the atmosphere. Although prices are very competitive, even male Western expats prefer to do their shopping from the comfort of air-conditioned supermarkets.