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Fishing has always been a significant part of life in Dubai. The idea of deep blue waters and colorful fish may seem at odds with a desert landscape. Yet the limited fertility of the desert is precisely why people in Dubai have relied on the fruits of the sea for generations.

Today, fishing is one of the most popular pastimes in Dubai, for locals and tourists alike. Similar to the modern skyline of the city itself, fishing in Dubai is glamorous. Almost any fishing trip Dubai has to offer features a combination of advanced marine technology and decadent comfort. These tours are perfect for vacationing tourists who relish the thought of casting a few lines here and there. Many fishing charters in Dubai take place aboard luxury yachts, but this doesn’t mean you have to empty your wallet just to find a trip that’s right for you.

Known For

The best fishing in Dubai is deep sea fishing. Fishing tours which specialize in this style often take customers anywhere from 15 to 40 miles offshore, far from the overcrowded shores of the city. Unlike yacht charters which last only a couple of hours, deep sea fishing gives more dedicated anglers a chance to chase after the most impressive species in these waters.

While deep sea fishing Dubai you can troll for big game fish like giant Barracuda, Kingfish, Queenfish, Tuna, and Giant Trevally. You can also bottom fish for some of the region’s most iconic fish, such as Emperor Bream (Sheri), Orange Spotted Grouper (Hamour), Golden Threadfin Bream (Sultan Ibrahim), Painted Sweetlip (Farsh), and several kinds of Trevally (Jash). Many captains choose to troll along the way until reaching a spot where bottom fishing is preferable.

On the other hand, lots of tourists are content to come aboard smaller boats that will keep them close to shore. It’s easy to find a luxury yacht charter in Dubai which offers a variety of activities, including snorkeling, onboard barbeques, and bottom fishing. With a couple of hours at your disposal, you might have a chance to reel small Barracuda, Queenfish, Snapper, and Grouper.

The neighborhoods of Jumeirah and Sharjah are particularly well known for great local fishing. On the other hand, some might argue that the best fishing spots in Dubai are not in Dubai at all! The serious sport fisherman who is less committed to comfort and more intent on landing bragging rights will find bigger fish in Fujairah and Abu Dhabi. Both cities are roughly an hour-and-a-half away by car.

Rules & Regulations

A fishing license is required for all recreational fishing in Dubai, both on shore and on a boat. Only residents of Dubai can apply for a fishing license from the municipality of Dubai. A free online application is accessible through the Dubai Municipality Portal. Citizens living in other emirates must apply for a license from their own municipality.

Tourists cannot apply for an annual recreational fishing license. However, they may obtain a temporary license with the help of a hotel, charter service, or municipality. Most licensed charter operators in Dubai provide fishing licenses for their customers, so long as fishing is done aboard a boat. Always be sure to ask ahead of time.

Fishing is legal year-round in Dubai. However, size limits apply to certain species, such as Grouper, Rabbitfish, several kinds of Trevally, and Kingfish. The fine for anglers who disregard size limits may be as high as 10,000 AED.

Types of Fishing

The most prevalent techniques for deep sea fishing in Dubai are trolling and bottom fishing. Anglers will have the opportunity to try both these methods on almost any given deep sea fishing tour Dubai has to offer.

Trolling is used to target Kingfish, large Barracuda, Tuna, Giant Trevally, and Cobia when in season. Rapala lures are considered one of the most effective kinds of bait for this technique.

Bottom fishing may be done with rods and reels or with handlines. Squid and small shrimp are recommended as bait. This technique will bring you Emperor Bream, Golden Threadfin Bream, Grouper, Mackerel, and more.

A variety of opportunities are also available for those who prefer to fish from shore. The outskirts of Dubai are dotted with anglers, casting lines for Snapper and Bream. Garhoud Bridge, Al Maktoum Bridge, and Al Sufouh Beach are just a few of the hot spots that locals recommend. Fishing is not permitted off the main beaches where people swim. Anglers fishing from shore in restricted areas or without a license may be subject to a fine.


January

This is the middle of Dubai’s peak season. You can target Barracuda, Trevally, Hamour, Emperor and Golden Threadfin Bream, Kingfish, Queenfish, Cobia, and much more.

February

Everything is still biting, from Cobia and Emperor Bream to Barracuda. Fishing in the morning or during the afternoon between 2-6pm should yield the best results.

March

Cobia is starting to disappear. Your chances of catching this fish won’t be good again until autumn. Queenfish, Kingfish, Hamour, and many others are still biting hard.

April

Barracuda, Ladyfish, Emperor Bream, and Catfish are all biting, but your chances of catching most other fish will continue to diminish. You may be able to catch Bluefin Tuna and Trevally offshore.

May

While far less likely than in the months before, you may still manage to reel in Hamour, Kingfish, Golden Threadfin Bream, Emperor Bream, or Queenfish. You can also try your luck with Trevally and Bluefin Tuna. 

June

Most fish are scarce at this time of year. You can continue to count on Barracuda, Catfish, and Snapper, who are biting all year long. You may be able to target Yellowfin Tuna, as well.

July

The hottest weather you will get in Dubai occurs during July, with an average high of 105°F (41°C) and low of 87°F (31°C) on the hottest day of the year. Most fish keep cool by retreating to the deep sea.

August

Fishing close to shore for Barracuda, Catfish, and Snapper is promising, as always. Offshore you may find Yellowfin Tuna. Emperor Bream may begin to reappear.

September

Things are starting to pick up, with the possibility of catching Golden Threadfin Emperor, Emperor Bream, Ladyfish, and maybe even Cobia. The season for Yellowfin Tuna is coming to a close.

October

October marks the beginning of Dubai’s fishing season. Hamour, Kingfish, and Queenfish are beginning to bite, while you can still catch Barracuda, Snapper, and more.

November

Fishing season is in full swing! You can target Hamour, Emperor Bream, Golden Threadfin Bream, and Snapper. Or troll for Cobia, Kingfish, Queenfish, and much more.

December

The height of fishing continues, with every species at your disposal. Many fish stay close to the surface during winter, which makes for excellent trolling opportunities.

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Go with King Fisher Tour. Very good boat. Staffs and captain are so nice with excellent hospitality.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Go with King Fisher Tour. Very good boat. Staffs and captain are so nice with excellent hospitality.
Norman  A.
Norman A. Dubai, Dubai
If you go fishing for the first time in Dubai don't forget to take your passport or any other ID with you.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
If you go fishing for the first time in Dubai don't forget to take your passport or any other ID with you.
Kirill  S.
Kirill S. Moscow, Moskva
it's the end of season so make sure you book with a reputable charter company and don't waste your time on cheap offers .
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
it's the end of season so make sure you book with a reputable charter company and don't waste your time on cheap offers .
Philip
Philip Sharjah, Ash Shariqah

35' Super Deluxe – Deep Blue Sea
35' Super Deluxe – Deep Blue Sea
Fishing charter in Dubai
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 30 reviews
I would love to thank Carlos and his crew for an amazing day out with my family.. we are new to fishing however we have managed to catch a lot of fish, the captain Adrian was very kind to give us a brief on how to use the fishing equipment, each one of us managed to catch plenty of fish and the best part of the day was being able to eat your own catch fresh on the boat.. make sure you try it cause it’s one of the best parts of this trip.
Trishia  M.
Trishia M. United Arab Emirates
35' Super Deluxe – Deep Blue Sea
35' Super Deluxe – Deep Blue Sea
Fishing charter in Dubai
4.3 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 30 reviews
Ordered tour 6 hours with BBQ and Beach. Fishing is ok. Stayed in several places and tried to catch Big Fish:) After crew make BBQ on the yacht. Unfortunately we didn’t stay on any private island as it was in the package we paid. It’s just one sad thing
Veronika  S.
Veronika S. Dubai, Dubai
35' Super Deluxe – Deep Blue Sea
35' Super Deluxe – Deep Blue Sea
Fishing charter in Dubai
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 30 reviews
We booked fishing in Dubai on fishing broker. Captain explain all detail about trip immediately. We started our trip at 7 am in the morning. Boat well equipped and crew are professional. After 2-3 hours we got 10 barracudas different sizes. Highly recommend this team for fishing in Dubai.
Яков  .
Яков . Moscow, Moscow
48ft Yacht - Deep Blue Sea Fishing
48ft Yacht - Deep Blue Sea Fishing
Fishing charter in Dubai
4.0 Very Good Very Good Very Good Very Good Very Good 1 reviews
Boat is not prepared for real fishing but very comfortable. Very good crew, team was really trying to find fish changing locations and helping us!
Denis  S.
Denis S. Moscow, Moscow
Ocean Cruise – Silverton
Ocean Cruise – Silverton
Fishing charter in Dubai
4.7 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 3 reviews
We started our trip at 5.0am. Thirty minutes later, we were at the fishing spot chosen by Captain AJ. First fish after 30 seconds 🙂 and we kept getting more and more fishes. We filled one big box with good size catches. The bigger one was 2.5kg. Fantastic time for my two sons first fishing experience.
Mohamed  E.
Mohamed E. Dubai, Dubai
Nanje Yachts
Nanje Yachts
Fishing charter in Dubai
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 2 reviews
Really good service. I got around 60 fishes we where 9 people. The captain is really experienced guy
Varun  G.  V.
Varun G. V. Toronto, Ontario
35' Super Deluxe – Deep Blue Sea
35' Super Deluxe – Deep Blue Sea
Fishing charter in Dubai
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 30 reviews
Went out with captain Carlos this was the best fishing trip I have ever been on. I would really recommend this Fishing company. They pay excellent attention to details and they take you to the best fishing spots without wasting your time looking around for fish, they have fully equipped boats and extremely skillful captain and crew The boat has fishfinders, casting rods, trolling equipment and many lures and colors that you can pick from.. Highly recommended and would definitely do it again
Ayah  M.
Ayah M. Murrysville, Pennsylvania
35' Super Deluxe – Deep Blue Sea
35' Super Deluxe – Deep Blue Sea
Fishing charter in Dubai
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 30 reviews
The guys took care of us and showed us the best fishing grounds in Dubai, extremely professional crew, clean boat and they know where to go fishing and not waste your time looking around They have all their fishing gear and equipment to make sure that you land the best catch, highly recommend it and will definitely visit them again Best part is having the barbecue after the trip
FishingBooker Member
FishingBooker Member Murrysville, Pennsylvania
35' Super Deluxe – Deep Blue Sea
35' Super Deluxe – Deep Blue Sea
Fishing charter in Dubai
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 30 reviews
Went out with captain Carlos and all I can say is that he knows where to go and know all the good fishing areas.. highly recommended
Tam  K.
Tam K. Murrysville, Pennsylvania
The Rose Beach Boat & Yacht Charter
The Rose Beach Boat & Yacht Charter
Fishing charter in Dubai
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 2 reviews
Very nice trip ))) Thanks to the crew. We had a lot of fun and some nice fish with at the end of the fishing ( about 10 kg - 17 pcs)
Tatiana  L.
Tatiana L. Dubai, Dubai
35' Super Deluxe – Deep Blue Sea
35' Super Deluxe – Deep Blue Sea
Fishing charter in Dubai
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 30 reviews
great service, very friendly staff and excellent organization. the staff took us to a very fishy area and in fact we fished a lot. definitely to recommend
Giorgia  S.
Giorgia S. United Arab Emirates
53ft Luxury Yacht - Deep Blue Sea Fishing
53ft Luxury Yacht - Deep Blue Sea Fishing
Fishing charter in Dubai
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 3 reviews
These guys (the crew) were great and the boat was absolutely amazing. I highly recommend renting from this group. Absolutely no complaints.
Vincent  B.
Vincent B. Morgantown, PA
35' Super Deluxe – Deep Blue Sea
35' Super Deluxe – Deep Blue Sea
Fishing charter in Dubai
3.7 Very Good Very Good Very Good Very Good Very Good 30 reviews
In general we had a great time. Equipment could be better. The rods we old and the reels were older. The choice of location for the trolling was very good and the size of the fish we caught was good. On the other hand, the location for bottom fishing could be better. We had a few (and small bites) here and there resulting to small fish. Other than that, the crew was excellent.
Solomon  P.
Solomon P. Greece
35' Super Deluxe – Deep Blue Sea
35' Super Deluxe – Deep Blue Sea
Fishing charter in Dubai
4.3 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 30 reviews
Excellent day out fishing produced a few good sized barracuda. I suggest that when rigging lines for bottom bouncing, use a slightly larger hook than the ones supplied on the day. Also may I suggest you find a nicer island, maybe one of the islands that are further away from mainland. Also your Snorkel gear needs replacing. Thanks
Phillip  E.
Phillip E. Dubai, Dubayy
35' Super Deluxe – Deep Blue Sea
35' Super Deluxe – Deep Blue Sea
Fishing charter in Dubai
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 30 reviews
If you're looking for professionals, they only book with Carlos.. they are the best and offer the most amazing service.. they know their spots very well and have very professional fishing gear and very clear boat. Thanks you Carlos for this amazing trip.. i will book with you always and refer all our friends. they are Ranked number 1 in dubai and they deserve it.
Moussa
Moussa Dubai, Dubayy

FAQs about Fishing Charters in Dubai

To give you an idea of how much a fishing trip in Dubai costs, the average price for a 4 hour private trip is $446, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $765. These prices are based on trips booked on our site recently.

Prices will vary depending on trip length, fishing technique, as well as the type and size of the boat you booked. However, to give you an indication, the average boat size in Dubai is 37 ft and the most common vessel type is a Motor yacht.

According to customer reviews, King Fisher Tours - 28', 35' Super Deluxe – Deep Blue Sea, and Ocean Cruise - Al Rubban are some of the most popular fishing charters in Dubai. Full list of top fishing charters in Dubai.

King Fisher Tours - 28', 35' Super Deluxe – Deep Blue Sea, and Ocean Cruise - Al Rubban all received great reviews from families who booked fishing trips in Dubai.

The best way to experience fishing in Dubai is to book a private charter with a licensed fishing guide. See the full list of charters available for online booking here: List of fishing charters in Dubai.

The most popular fish species you can target are Barracuda (Great), King Mackerel (Kingfish), and Cobia. Top fishing techniques include bottom fishing, deep sea fishing, and trolling. Offshore fishing, nearshore fishing, and inshore fishing are commonly offered by local guides.

The height of fishing continues, with every species at your disposal. Many fish stay close to the surface during winter, which makes for excellent trolling opportunities. Check availability for local fishing charters in Dubai.