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Exploring the Dibba Bay Oyster Festival in Dubai

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Dubai is famous for many things; sky-high architecture, year-round sun and first-class restaurants. Foodies in the city will be aware that, when it comes to oysters, some of the best from around the globe can be fished out of the sea at Dibba Bay on the coast of Fujairah. Often found in eateries around the city, the brand of oysters first launched in 2016 by Ramie Murray, an expat with a passion for aquafarming, has taken the emirate by storm. A festival dedicated to the white-shelled mollusc, the Dibba Bay Oyster Festival, will take place from Friday, February 16, until Sunday, February 25. Oysters can be picked up from Dibba Bay’s farm-to-table venues in JBR, Fujairah, and Umm Suqeim for as low as Dhs8 per oyster. Several restaurants in collaboration with Dibba Bay Oysters such as BOCA, Lowe, Geales, Juns, Byron Bathers, and more will be offering special deals which can be found on the Dibba Bay website.

Dibba Bay Oyster Shuck Off at Taste of Dubai

Credit: Taste of Dubai For the first time, Taste of Dubai will be hosting the ‘Dibba Bay Oyster Shuck Off’. The shuck-off marks the culmination of the Dibba Bay Oyster Festival, an annual festival bringing the UAE community together to celebrate the local oyster through education and entertainment. The event will include shucking competitions with chefs battling it out for the title of UAE Shucking Champion. Guests will also get to meet World Shucking Champion and Guinness World Record holder, Patrick McMurray, who will be hosting the competitions. There will also be an Amateur Shucking competition where Taste guests can register on-site to participate.

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You can experience oyster shucking and tasting from industry experts with some great prizes to be won. Special masterclasses such as “How to Shuck 101” and Oyster beverage pairing tips will also be available. Taste of Dubai visitors will be able to enjoy oyster dishes at Dibba Bay’s restaurant pop-up, which can be purchased using food vouchers included in select Taste of Dubai ticket packages.

Visiting the Oyster Farm

Always wanted to tour a working oyster farm? As part of the Dibba Bay Oyster Festival, tickets can be purchased for a tour around its Fujairah farm. Learn about the production process through a tour of the onshore facility with a boat trip to see the oysters hanging in the ocean, with tickets starting from Dhs315 if booked during the early bird promotion. Also included is oyster tasting and pairing with a 0 percent beverage. The world is your oyster.

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