The health of fish populations in the UAE is depending on you
The health of the fish populations in the UAE is dependent on local consumers making ethical choices and creating a demand for ethical supply when they eat out in restaurants, as well as when they buy fish to cook at home. Here’s where to eat, buy and learn about sustainable fish in the city.
Eat Baker and Spice: Part of the all-important concept at this gourmet deli and café is its commitment to serving local and ethically sourced produce. As such, Baker & Spice is a hotspot in Dubai for sustainability, serving only sustainable and local varieties of fish. Souk Al Bahar, Downtown Dubai (04 427 9856); Dubai Marina (04 362 4686).
Bice Mare: This Souk Al Bahar-based restaurant specialises in Italian seafood dishes, with an emphasis on sustainable fish. Souk Al Bahar, Downtown Dubai (04 423 0982).
More Café:The popular and city-wide Dutch-run café has made the decision to exclude overfished local specie, such as hammour and kingfish, from its menu. Various locations including The Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai (04 339 8934).
Okku: Although the majority of Okku’s fish is imported from outside the Gulf region, the restaurant has banned all overfished species from its menu, favouring sustainable and organic varieties instead. Okku was one of the first restaurants in Dubai (and the first Japanese venue) to ban the endangered blue-fin tuna from its menu. The H Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 501 8777).
Radisson Blu:Two Radisson Blu hotels in Dubai (in Media City and Deira) have teamed up with the EWS’s Choose Wisely campaign and have expressed a commitment to serving sustainable fish. Boulvar at the Radisson Blu Deira Creek offers a seafood themed evening where sustainable fish is served. Venues at the Radisson Blu in Media City are also committed to the sustainable cause, with restaurants at this hotel removing hammour from their menus. Italian venue Certo is due to follow in October. Radisson Blu Dubai Media City (04 366 9111); Radisson Blu Dubai Deira Creek (04 222 7171).
Learn Table 9 by Nick & Scott: Chefs Nick and Scott are involved in the Choose Wisely campaign. They also host their own fish cooking course at the restaurant, which focuses on the issues of sustainability in the UAE, in addition to cooking techniques for fish. Hilton Dubai Creek, Deira (04 227 1111).
Buy Waitrose: Whether it’s locally sourced or imported fish from further afield, Waitrose only stocks sustainable varieties. Local species available include sole, red snapper and mackerel from the UAE. Various locations including Dubai Marina Mall (04 434 2626).
Choithrams: This supermarket is a partner for the Emirates WIldlife Society’s Choose Wisely campaign, and helps to inform customers about their buying habits by labelling sustainable fish products with green labels. Various locations including Umm Suquiem (04 348 2148), Bur Dubai (04 352 7016) and The Greens (04 366 3170).