Bu Qtair

The no-fuss place to enjoy fresh seafood cooked before your eyes

If there is one thing we like in Dubai, it’s that we can have a tasty meal with no fuss. So if you’re into a bit of glitz and glamour, be warned, this probably isn’t the place for you.

Like many of you, we know Bu Qtair from years gone by when it was a run-down fish shack, well known in the Jumeirah neighborhood for its affordable prices and tasty seafood dishes. It has now been revamped and is housed inside a cafeteria across the road by the lighthouse and fisherman’s quarters. Thankfully though, the food has remained the same.

To order you must queue and the menu is very limited with a choice of two local fish: hamour or sherif (the whole fish) and fresh prawns. You pick your fish at the counter where it is weighed and paid for. Accompaniments of white rice and paratha are served with your main. The price is very reasonable – a meal for two will cost you about 90 AED (although prices have increased compared to a few years ago but so has the cost of living in Dubai!).

The fish and prawns are fried in Indian spices and are usually served within 15 to 30 minutes.

There is a spacious outdoor terrace overlooking the fishing harbor – the seating arrangement is pretty basic: plastic dining tables and chairs. The inside of the restaurant lacks character and charm but that’s not what the diners are there for. The food and price completely make up for what Bu Qtair is lacking in décor and comfort.

When we visited one evening mid-week, the place was jam-packed which just goes to show a hearty no-fuss meal is just what people are after in Dubai.

Open daily from 11.30 am, Bu Qtair attracts all types of people from different backgrounds – it really is a melting pot of nationalities. We recommend getting there early to avoid the crowd.

Bu Qtair
Next to Um Suqueim Fishing Harbor
Open from 11.30am pm to 11.30 pm
Umm Suqeim



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