Fishing in Dubai - Your Guide to a Fun Fishing Experience

Dubai has a thriving fishing community and culture and has become a destination hosting some of the best sea fishing events, with its pleasant weather and beautiful waters brimming with a variety of fishes. Fishing in Dubai emerges to be one of the most popular outdoor activities for tourists and fishing enthusiasts in the Emirate. 
Obtaining Fishing License: A license is required for recreational fishing in Dubai, which you can obtain from the municipality or with the help of a fishing tour company. 

Best Time for Fishing in Dubai

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The best months to go fishing is from January to May. Summer is the best season to go for deep-sea fishing as the fish go deep into the sea when the water temperature at the beach becomes too high. The best time to go for deep-sea fishing is during sunrise, sunset or full moon nights. The fish are plentiful during winter, enjoying the warmer temperature near the surface. Shore fishing is also quite common in Dubai, but it needs the right equipment and patience to have success.

What Can you Catch?

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  • Blackfish
  • Bluefish
  • Porgy
  • Sherry
  • Sultan Ibrahim
  • Hammour
  • Cobia
  • Fluke
  • Flounder
  • Barracuda
  • Kingfish
  • Tuna
  • Travely
  • Small shark.

Where to Go Fishing in Dubai

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The public beaches in Jumeirah, Marina, Umm Suqeim, near Dubai Creek, Shindagha channel, Maktoum bridge, Garhoud bridge and the East Coast.

There are several fishing companies in Dubai offering fishing tours with a professional crew, or boats and equipment for those who prefer fishing on their own. Certain companies also provide light refreshments and organise activities like watersports and cruising. Here is a list of some of the top fishing tour companies, which offer great fishing experience in the limited access-but plenty area to fish locations in Dubai. 

1. Go Fishing

Address: Dubai Marina Yacht Club, Dubai Marina (+971 55 995 2346)
Timings: 7:00 AM to 10:00 PM

2. ABSea Deep Sea Fishing Trips

Address: Berth 14, Fishing Harbor 1, Jumeirah 1 - Dubai (+971 52 899 6301)
Timings: 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM

3. Deep-Sea Fishing

Address: Umm Suqeim 2, Fishing Urber Port 2, Dubai  (+971 50 350 9699)
Timings: 6:00 AM to 12:00 AM

4. Dubai Fishing Trip

Address: 31 A Jumeirah Road, Al Manara, Dubai (+971 50 4501340)
Timings: 5:00 AM to 6:00 PM

5. King Fisher 

Address: Mina Rashid Marina, Port Rashid, Dubai (+971 55 180 4567)
Timings: open 24 hours

6. Emirates Fishing Tour

Address: Fishing Harbour, Umm Suqeim 2, Dubai (+971 52 840 24 21)
Timings: 6:00 AM to 10:00 PM

7. TYB Sport Fishing

Address: Dubai Marina Walk, next to Reem Al Bawadi Restaurant, opposite Spinneys Supermarket, Dubai (+971 05 2692 3620)
Timings: 6:00 AM to 10:00 PM

8. Ocean Adventures

Address: Port Rashid Marina Cubes - Dubai (+971 50 688 8975)
Timings: 6:00 AM to 10:00 PM

9. Luxury Yacht Charter

Address: Fishing Village 2, 31a street - Dubai (+971 50 163 9330)
Timings: 6:00 AM to 4:30 AM

10. Nanje Yachts

Address: Marina Spinneys, Dubai Marina & Business Bay, Dubai (+971 56 851 8100)
Timings: open 24 hours
Price : A solo or group fishing trip, on a boat can cost you anywhere from AED 500-AED 700 and above, and varies among different companies depending on the services and time duration they offer. A complete family fishing cruise or a luxury fishing trip with all facilities, is priced from AED 1500. The price also varies on weekdays, weekends, on and off-seasons.

Things to Know Before Going Fishing in Dubai

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  • Most of these companies have online booking facility, offering packages and discounts on fishing trips. While some are happy to rent you a boat and the equipment, some insist on their professional crew accompanying you for deep sea fishing, trolling, casting or jigging. 
  • If you are new to the hobby, get expert guidance on handling the fishing gear and capturing the big shots of the gulf waters (and also grilling your catch for dinner). 
  • Private trips cost more than a group trip, but they may offer refreshments, fishing or snorkelling gear, and safety equipment while on a private trip. 
From rental boats to a fully equipped luxury yacht, you are sure to find any modes of transport when you go fishing in Dubai. Hop on board, cruise into the Arabian Gulf waters and enjoy your fishing day off.

This post was published by Sriya Ganesh

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