Dubai Crabling (Crabbing) Tour

Visitors to Dubai who want to experience one of the more delicious aspects of traditional Emirati life should give the Dubai Crabling Tour a try. The tour allows participants to hunt crabs with traditional crabbing spears. Then, at the end of the day, there is an open air barbecue where you can tuck in to the fresh crabs you've managed to catch.

Hunting for crabs might not be the first thing that occurs to you as an activity to try during your stay in Dubai, but it makes for a fun, refreshing break from the hustle and bustle of the city. Given that you'll be using a traditional crabbing spear to catch your crabs, you'll also be learning first hand about how Emiratis used to support themselves.

The Dubai Crabling Tour starts in the evening with a journey from the city of Dubai to the charming town of Umm Al Quwain. Once the sun has set, you and your party will take to the waters aboard a glass bottomed boat. This will set sail from the well-appointed Flamingo Beach Resort.

The boat will glide through the Umm Al Quwain lagoon to a group of mangrove islands that is rich in bird and sea life. These islands are festooned with crabs, making it relatively easy to find and catch some. Professional guides will talk you through the techniques and equipment necessary to catch these tasty crustaceans.

Once you've been shown the ropes you can decide whether to stay in the boat or get out and try your luck with a crab hunting spear. The guides will ensure that you are able to see what you are doing by shining special underwater lights on your hunting grounds.

Crabbing is an activity that children can get involved with as well as adults. It absorbs all of your attention as you peer through the dark waters in order to locate and then spear your prey.

Once the crab hunt is finished, the crabs will be brought back ashore to the Flamingo Beach Resort. Here you can enjoy the aromas and taste of freshly grilled crab along with a buffet and refreshments. There are few more delicious meals than one that you've helped to catch yourself only a short time before. Crab meat tastes at its absolute best when almost completely fresh. Once your meal is finished, you and your family will be transported back to Dubai having enjoyed a unique experience that you are unlikely to forget.

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