Are oysters good for me?
Oysters are truly a superfood, and could be seen as a dietary supplement! They are excellent for your health as they supply many essential nutrients that people are commonly deficient in.
- They have amongst the highest amounts of zinc and omega 3 fatty acids per weight, which are essential for maintaining a robust immune system and restoring vitality.
- They supply beyond your daily requirements of Vit B12 and Vit D3, which are necessary for overall energy levels and healthy cellular function and hard to find in other foods!
- They are low in calories yet significantly rich in protein and trace minerals such as selenium, manganese, copper and magnesium.
How does Dibba Bay grow oysters?
We buy baby oysters, known as spat, from hatcheries around the world. Our spat is seeded from our nursery. We place them in our lanterns, lower them into the water, and allow the oysters to do their work! They do not require any feed or chemical substances, they will grow simply by feeding from their natural environment rich in phytoplankton and over the span of 7 to 9 months become market sized oysters. Once matured, these are placed in our depuration tanks, an oyster spa if you will, where they are cleaned by natural sea water to remove any impurities and make them ready for consumption!
What are the waters like in Dibba? How do oysters grow in the warmer waters?
Dibba is located on the East coast of the United Arab Emirates and enjoys pristine waters known rich in wildlife, corals and fish! It is a perfect spot for growing oysters, as it extends towards the Indian Ocean where the waters are cooler and less saline, and rich in phytoplankton. Our oysters are grown at a shallow depth, but not far away from extremely deep water. In that specific area, cold deep-sea currents and upwellings pass through and bring with them cooler waters and a lot of phytoplankton. The oysters feed on the plankton and other algae, allowing them to grow in excellent conditions — comfortable temperatures and a lot of food.
Is oyster farming sustainable?
As an oyster farm, sustainability is embedded in our operation, as oysters are an exceptionally eco-friendly food thanks to their net positive environmental impact. An oyster farm actually balances and enhances the ocean environment for various reasons:
- This form of aquaculture does not require any feed or chemical inputs. The Dibba Bay oysters are simply feeding off the natural micro algae that is in the nutrient rich waters of Fujairah
- Through their consumption of microalgae, oysters sequester carbon and therefore significantly reduce overall concentration of carbon in the ocean, contributing to a better climate!
- The lanterns used at our farm create a hanging reef for aquatic life and vegetation, providing an ecosystem for turtles, fish and other marine wildlife.
What delivery/purchase options are available in Dubai?
We deliver to all of Dubai within 2 hours. Depending on your location, the minimum order is AED 99/AED 198 with a subsequent delivery fee of AED 10/AED 20.
If your basket value is over AED 495, the delivery charge is on us!
Or you can choose to pick up your order from our flagship oyster shop located at the Jumeirah Fishing Harbour 2, Umm Sequim 1, Dubai.
What do I do if I have an issue with my order?
We hope you love our oysters as much as we do and aim at a 100% satisfaction. But if you have any issues with your order or have any questions about storage or consumption, drop us an email at email@example.com and we’ll sort you out!
Our business hours are 9AM – 6PM GST, Sunday through Thursday.
How can I shuck oysters easily?
For more information on how to shuck oysters read our guide and watch instructional video by clicking below button.
How do I store oysters?
A box of Dibba Bay oysters has a shelf life of 10 days. Also make sure to follow the best before date mentioned on the pack.
For storing, simply refrigerate the oyster box in 6-10 degrees celsius (standard refrigeration). Do not remove from refrigeration unless they are to be served immediately.
Only shuck the oysters when you are ready to consume them. Once opened, they can be placed on ice for a maximum of 30 minutes.
Never store your oysters in the freezer.
Can I eat oysters in the summer months?
Yes! It’s safe to consume Dibba Bay oysters all year round.
There’s an old adage that says one should avoid oysters in the months that don’t have the letter “R” (May, June, July, August), but this saying dates back to a time when there was a lack of refrigeration and modern oyster farming practices. Today, this isn’t a concern. As a premium oyster farm we adhere to the strictest global food safety standards to ensure freshness and quality!
Also, oysters typically spawn during the summer months of May through August because the waters are warm and this causes them to become fatty, watery and less flavourful. But thanks to Dibba Bay farm’s unique location, our oysters receive constant upwellings of cooler waters from the Indian Ocean in the summer months.These factors, clubbed with careful farming, an abundance of plankton for the oysters to feed on and meticulous management, ensures excellent oysters fresh from the farm to your table throughout the summer!
Can I visit the Dibba Bay farm?
At the moment, we do not do farm tours. However, if you'd like to be notified when we do start offering farm visits, you can join our newsletter and be amongst the first to know.