Live chickens and tobacco were among items confiscated from an illegal market in Dubai.
Dubai Municipality’s Environmental Emergency Office targeted the markets in the Al Muhaisnah 2, close to the border between Sharjah and Dubai.
Food, fish, tobacco products and textiles were seized in the raid. The unofficial shopping centre was also targeted in March, when 16 illegal vendors were caught and 12 tonnes of goods confiscated.
Dubai Police have not confirmed whether any arrests were made this time, but previously claimed food on sale at the illegal market was unfit for consumption and being stored at above legal temperatures.
Markets in Dubai must be operated under a permit and adhere to strict healthy and safety standards.
If you’d like to check out an old school Dubai market, The Traditional Souq is open throughout the week from 9am to 10pm and from 8.30am to 1am on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Find it in the Naif Area near Naif Park.
Dubai Municipality has just released a video showing what’s on sale there and you can pick up everything from abayas to oud from its 98 stalls. Be sure to grab some karak and parathas along the way.
Although it looks truly historical, it actually opened in 2013 to promote the UAE’s heritage and values.
Naif Souk, Deira Street. Short walk from Baniyas Square Metro station on the Green Line.