Crabbing in Umm Al Quwain

Sometime in March of this year, when we still had Aero (our Pajero), we went crab hunting in Umm Al Quwain. Crabbing or crab hunting is some sort of safari or recreational activity offered by many hotels and tour company's here in the UAE mostly in the marshland of UAQ. But we like ours DIYed. It is fun and no need to pay extra money for something you can do on your own.

Crabbing is done at night until early morning and it is best to follow moon tides - when the moon is new and full, tides are higher and crabs tend to feed more, the more they are out feeding, the more chances of catching them. :)

It is important to locate a good spot in the marshland to have more catch. There are no lights to guide you so bring your own torch. The brighter the light the better because it is the same light you will use in spotting crabs in the water. Bring a long kitchen thong for catching them. Some use arrows/spears and of course a covered bucket. I say covered because your catch is alive, they will crawl out of the container and since you don't want to go home empty-handed, it is a must. You should also keep track of the path you take, it is easy to get lost in the dark.

While the girls put out the camping gears, the boys went out to hunt. We got tired of waiting after a couple of hours and so we camwhore in the dark with a little help from the full moon for light. After contenting ourselves with all the photos we've taken, we waded through the marshland in ankle-deep water until we found the boys by the sea.


It is not easy to crab hunt, you will get wet, you may slip and fall and you might get bitten by the crabs fighting for their lives (lulutuin at kakainin mo ba naman sila eh :)) but more than that, it is a fun way to chillax and bond with friends or family. It is also an experience that you can never forget, something extraordinary.

On the shore, we found a starfish.

Our bucket is not full but our heart is. A bountiful blessing.

My Yellow Bells

Carla is a lifestyle blogger based in Dubai who's thankful to call this ever-evolving city her second home. The pages of this blog are filled with stories about her expat life in the sandpit. It features dining and travel adventures in and around the city and beyond. It also features food recipes, parenting tips, and fashion style.


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  1. The star(fish) and the moon :-)

    Hanggang ngayon nasa wishlist ko pa rin ang makapag-crabbing...

  2. Wow! This reminded me of the time me and my friends went crabbing in Obhor Jeddah -Red Sea. We caught around 1 pail of crabs and cooked it with coconut milk. Yummy!

  3. Pwede Hingi ng location? Coordinates?

    Many Thanks.

    1. Hi Andre, I'll have to ask someone for this, we did not follow any coordinates, my husband knows the place since he's been there a couple of times with friends, I'll see what I can do.

    2. Can you please send me the location at thanks

  4. Thanks for your reponse, looking forward to it.

  5. I've been wanting to do this crabbing adventures here in UAE. I've heard so much about it and want to do it myself. Can you give driving directions to the place please?

  6. I've been looking into this crabbing in UAE for the longest time. I've heard so much about it but haven't really had any good directions on where to go. Can you give directions on how to get to the place please? that would be greatly appreciated.

  7. hi guys, I have learned from few friends that some of the people doing their DIY crabbing were apprehended by authorities. There are legit service operators in the area though, Flamingo hotel is one if you want to go.

  8. Hi maam, can I have the location for this please? Thanks in advance.

  9. Can you share me the exact location please

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