Fujairah Collage

Fujairah Collage
Some distinctive landmarks in Fujairah

Monday, January 17, 2011

Where’s the Beef in Fujairah?

Most of the large super and hypermarkets in Fujairah have their own butchery where you can ask for a special cut of meat as well as purchase pre-cut and plastic sealed pieces.

The largest and one of the oldest rows of butcher shops is strategically placed between Fujairah’s Fruit and Vegetable Souq (market) and the Fish Souq on Al Gurfa Road.

These are all small butcheries but they each have character and variety. The butchers tend to cooperate with one another to get you the meat of your choice.

International Butchers
The butchers come from different countries. Take the King Meat Shop as an example. The head butcher is Imran and he comes from Aleppo in Syria. He has worked in Fujairah for 5 years and he gets paid approximately 5000 AED a month.

Kosru, his assistant, hails from Sylhet near the hills of north east Bangladesh. He has less training and experience and he takes home 1,000 AED per month.

Meat of the World
The meat at all the butcheries is mostly imported from different parts of the world. The meat on sale at the King depends on what is in stock but recently New Zealand and Australian lamb was selling for AED 30 per kilogram and beef from Australia and Pakistan was on sale at 25 AED per kg (without bone) or 20 AED (with bone).

There’s plenty of beef, lamb and chicken available but you won’t find pork in these butcheries. It is available at some supermarkets such as Choitrams in Fujairah’s main street.

The King Meat Shop (like the other butcheries) opens at 8.00am. It closes about 2pm and reopens at 4.00pm for the evening session.

Take a Look
Some of the pictures of the King Meat Shop and surrounding butcheries are posted in this photo album.

Geoff Pound

This article is also posted on the Fujairah in Focus Facebook Page.

Image: Imran (with the maroon fez) and Kosru giving a royal welcome to the King Meat Shop.

No comments: