Inside the Souq

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Timings : 6:30 AM - 10:30 PM.  Closed for Friday prayers from 11:30 AM to 2:00 PM

Time Required : Less than 1 hour

Entry Fee : No entry fee

Sharjah Fish Market, Sharjah Overview

What was once Sharjah’s historic local fish market has been developed into Souq Al Jubail, a market for all your groceries under one roof. The majestic domed structure opposite Sharjah Creek is home to a well-planned market for fresh produce like seafood, fruits, vegetables, and even includes live counters to enjoy refreshments as you wait. At Sharjah Fish Market, you’re introduced to the comfort of supermarket shopping with the homeliness and price of street shopping.

The Souq Al Jubail fish market boasts of state-of-the-art facilities to source and preserve its fresh produce, strict shopping standards to assure the best quality, and fixed prices to take away the hassle of bargaining. It has almost a hundred shops, a separate cleaning area, and an air-conditioned ambience for even the hottest of days. Even if you aren’t looking to buy anything, Sharjah Fish Market remains a unique experience for anyone wondering how tradition and modernity can go hand-in-hand.

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Things to Buy at Souq Al Jubail

Note: Unlike other local markets, Soul Al Jubail has fixed prices across all stalls. And bargaining is not encouraged. 

Meat Variety:
You can purchase Indian mutton, Australian steaks, New Zealand lamb, and seafood such as prawn, lobster, clam, octopus, and different types of fish. The availability of fish depends on the catch of the day.

Fresh Produce:
Meanwhile, the fruits and vegetables section includes local and imported produce like peaches, broccoli, yams, gooseberries, lettuce, and pomegranates. This section is best known for their dates, a specialty of the country. They are sold in small or large packets based on customer requirements and are massively popular. Be sure to try some when visiting, you won’t regret it!

Facilities at Sharjah Fish Market

This market is a 2-storey souq that spans a massive 1.07 million square feet. Recent figures account for 91 fish shops, 67 meat shops, and over 200 vegetable and fruit shops. Apart from this, there are free tea and snack counters handled by the management for customers as they wait for their purchase.

The building follows a traditional Islamic style of domes and archways.
  • Right Side: Fish and meat shop
  • Left Side: Fruits and vegetables shops
  • Fish Cleaning Rooms: There are two separate rooms for cleaning and gutting the fish before packaging them for customers.
  • Loading/Unloading Areas: There are special areas for loading/unloading goods and employee parking. 
  • Prayer Rooms

Best Time to Visit Souq Al Jubail

As with any kind of grocery shopping, you will find the best produce early in the day. If you are keen on shopping here, it’s ideal to visit the market before 8:00 AM. This is likely to be the busiest time of the day and you’ll see lots of crowds as well.

For a less crowded experience, you should visit later in the evening by around 6:00 PM when the market is winding down. There’s also an outstanding view of the waterfront beside the market during sunset.

Every day, the market holds a unique auction of the ‘catch of the day’ inside a blue enclosure in the market. This is held twice a day at around 6:00 AM and again at 4:00 PM. If you’re interested to witness this, these are the best timings to visit.

Tips When Visiting Sharjah Fish Market

1. Apart from day-to-day shopping, Souq Al Jubail is a great location to visit during Ramadan.  As an important market in the area where people come together, it organises a series of events and entertainment activities for shoppers and Sharjah locals alike. They host fun activities like face painters, henna artists, and balloon benders that will keep both parents and children entertained.

2. During Ramadan, the market opens up to other stalls where you get to choose between delicious food like kebabs, curries, fresh bread, and other Ramadan preparations. Don’t hesitate to join the festivities during this auspicious time!

How To Reach Souq Al Jubail

Souq Al Jubail is located between Corniche Street and Sharjah Creek. It is near the Central Souk and opposite Al Jubail Bus Station. It is 16 kilometres (15 minutes) from Al Mamzar Beach and Park, 19.5 kilometres (25 minutes) from Sharjah National Park and 6 kilometres (9 minutes) Al Qasba Area.

This massive market is close to the Al Majaz Waterfront. To reach Souq Al Jubail from Sharjah, you will need to get onto E88 and continue onto Sheikh Zayed Street/ S124. Alternatively, you can take Sheikh Zayed Road/ S116 as well. From both roads, you will need to take the exit to Corniche Street/ S101.

 To reach from Dubai, you will need to exit the city by getting onto Sheikh Zayed Road/ E11 and continuing to King Faisal Street/ S112 in Sharjah. From there, you must take the exit to Corniche Street and the souq will be on your left.

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