From Time Out Dubai Eating Out 2009
Perched right next to the abra landing alongside the textile souk, Time Out can’t think of a better spot than Bayt al Wakeel to soak up the sights, sounds and smells of the creek. It all begins by walking alongside the Bayt Al Wakeel building (one of the oldest office buildings in Dubai which now houses a maritime museum) and clambering onto a wide, decked area which hangs, rather precariously, over the water.

The restaurant does have a relatively quaint indoor seating area with low wooden doorways, but why sit inside and miss all the action? Take a seat on the terrace, order a fresh lemon and mint juice and watch as seagulls swoop and abras chug past mere metres away.

The menu offers two types of cuisine: seafood and Arabic, and while the meaty grills, spinach sambousek and houmous are decent enough, the pleasant surprise is the seafood. You can pick from a list including hammour, salmon and squid, and choose how you want it cooked.