The highlight for Day 7 definitely has to be visiting Mina Fish Market in Abu Dhabi.
This is a classic wet market where fresh fish and seafood is sold after being caught that morning!
When you enter the market complex, the unmistakeable and unshakeable smell of fresh fish hits you right in the face! It engulfs you, and sticks to your clothes which remains for hours after.
Inside, it is chaos. Vendors (dressed in a blue uniform) hassle and harry customers, who move across the floor like ants – searching for the freshest and cheapest produce. Once produce is purchased, the fresh goods are brought across to vendors in red – who have the specific role of cleaning, descaling and gutting the produce.
Walking around Mina Market was incredibly nostalgic – with the smells reminding me of walking around wet markets in Singapore with my grandparents.
Excitingly, outside the market were a line of restaurants that would cook the fresh produce for you. So I bought a handful of fresh tiger prawns, had them cleaned and deep fried. Super delicious!
Markets have always been my favourite places to visit when on the road – always full of life and provide great insight into local life. And Mina Market was no different. Actually it was different – I’ve never been able to buy fresh produce and have it cooked for me like that before! But boy did I love it!
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