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    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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    Abu Dhabi's Al Mina Fish Market


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     iReporter Sean Blake knew no-one when he moved to Abu Dhabi in 2011, so set himself a task -- photographing 30 kitchens in the emirate in 30 days, everything from basic service workers's kitchens at home to state of the art ones in five star restaurants. These images show off the amazing fresh fish from the Al Mina fish market down by the pier. "They take the fish right out of the water and you can buy minutes old," he said. "They will have it prepared and cooked right there." While taking pictures he hung out with the market's fish cleaners, many of whom had been there for more than 25 years and came from all over the Middle East, from Iran to Lebanon. "I loved the market -- the people, the smells, the hustle and bustle... I'd never seen anything like it before," he said. The photos are untreated other than some basic Photoshop -- "I liked the way the fish looked almost monochromatic," he said.
    - sarahbrowngb, CNN iReport producer

    Freshness measured in minutes. Abu Dhabi's Al Mina Fish Market, where one can select the catch of the day, have it cleaned by seasoned hands and then have it prepared to your personal liking. All of this happens every day under one roof.
    These images are part of a photography series titled "Thirty Kitchens In 30 Days". To see the project in its entirety please go to
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