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04 December 2023

Deira fish market readies for its big move to the Waterfront Market

By Staff

Following the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, decree number 65 that was issued on April 16, 2017, will facilitate a smooth transition from the Deira Fish Market to the Waterfront Market before July 9, 2017.

The move from Deira Fish Market to Waterfront Market is expected be a smooth transition for all traders with steps being put in place to ensure continuity. Waterfront Market carries on the legacy of the Deira Fish Market, which traces its history back to the very early days of Dubai. To ensure that the traders' needs are taken care of, a new committee has been established.

The new state of the art facilities will help improve efficiency and lead to less waste of produce with chiller and freezer facilities for vegetables, fish and meat.

Fishermen can now unload direct from their dhows at the pontoons with the freshest fish being delivered direct from the sea. The new modernised facilities will also help small businesses improve their productivity enabling them to react better to increased footfall.

Many were impressed with the new cleaning and cutting area as well as the large auction with its own ice plant. The fully air conditioned odour controlled environment improves working conditions for the traders who spend all day at their stalls.

Abdulla Al Qubaisi, Head of the Committee explained it's role, saying: "The Committee represents various government organisations: Dubai Municipality, Investment Corporation of Dubai, Dubai Police, and Fishermen Association who are working together to support the traders in their move to the new market. The Committee is working in conjunction with the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs and the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation amongst others to provide a smooth transition.”