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Bu Qtair
Nominated for Best Budget
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This casual seafood café is a popular entry in many Dubai residents’ little black book. Located in a residential area along Jumeirah Beach Road, you’ll find queues most evening at this unassuming spot, with punters happily waiting for a plastic table and chair to become available. There are no reservations here, and you can only order from the fish they’ve caught that day, or prawns. It’s a simple meal, but absolutely delicious thanks to the freshness and quality of the fish. There’s no entertainment or live fish tanks here, it’s all about a wallet-friendly, finger-licking seafood experience.
Cash only. Open daily 10.30am-3pm, 6.30pm-11.30pm. Road 4d, near Burj Al Arab, Umm Suqeim (055 705 2130).

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