Thanks to Patti for this week’s Street Art challenge.
MB was up at 5am this morning on the island of Malta for a photo tour with a local guide. Amongst the many great locations visited was the colourful fishing village of Marsaxlokk where the local Municipality are doing their bit to add to the local colourful culture.
The below shot Nr 1 shows the public seating along the quay painted in the same colours as the traditional Maltese fishing boats sitting in the adjacent water.
Fishermen unload their catch at Ajman Fish Market, United Arab Emirates (UAE).
Late Friday afternoons provide a great spectacle at the Ajman docks as thousands of fish are landed and laid out on the concrete paving by species and size. Traders from the adjacent market then bid for their requirements by an open auction process. Retailers, hoteliers, restauranteurs, or members of the general public like MB, are then able to buy the fish in the air-conditioned market as they wish, and a team of workers is on hand to gut and clean the fish if you require. There is also a small shop at the end of the market, run by a Syrian gentleman named Mr Hussam, who will cook the fish for buyers by smothering in his secret (& delicious) sauce/spice/herb mix and wrapping in tin foil, before popping into the flame oven.
If you ever get to visit Dubai or Abu Dhabi and have a few hours to kill, MB highly recommends a visit. And if photography is a hobby, then so much the better. FYI – Ajman is one of the seven Emirates of the UAE.
The majority of the fishermen come from India, from the state of Gujarat. The market takes place every Saturday afternoon and is a huge spectacle.
The fish are sorted on the boat decks upon arrival at the port into baskets of similar type fish and then laid out on the yard for the traders to inspect & purchase by public auction. The public buyers have a choice to get the fish cleaned and gutted by a team of men in green plastic coats in the market building, and also to have the fish cooked in a small fish cooking shop that makes its own spice mixes to suit the fish taste.