Seemingly cut adrift at the season's halfway stage, the modest club on the northern tip of the Arabian Peninsula has bravely battled through the past few months and now stand on the verge of a great escape.
That they find themselves in this position warrants considerable praise. Even amid the early-season excitement that accompanied a first foray into the Pro League, it seemed obvious Dibba would be only temporary dwellers.
The thinnest of squads, they were not even the best side in the previous season's Division One and attracting players of sufficient calibre, therefore, was never going to be easy.
A summer of transition, although predictable given the task ahead, did not serve as the best preparation either.
Marcelo Cabo, the Brazilian coach of average experience in the region, was drafted in mid-July, and swiftly followed by compatriots Alexssander Medeiros, a striker, and Luiz Fernando, the playmaker. Understandably, each required time to settle.
Then there was the absence of Mohammed Suroor, the time-served Dibba native, who during their preseason training camp damaged a cruciate ligament that required surgery. Having for the past 12 years represented clubs throughout the Emirates, his expertise was greatly missed.
Certain matchdays held their own specific troubles, too. Dibba's humble home did not meet the requirements of the professional league, or the Asian Football Confederation, meaning for the first three months of the season they had to host their rivals at the Khalifa bin Zayed Stadium - 200 kilometres away in Al Ain.
The physical implications of such a trip are easily discernible, yet the affect on the mind must also be significant.
A look at initial results confirmed it. If Dibba's opening fixture of the 2012/13 campaign did not provide a formidable warning - they lost 6-1 to Ajman in the Etisalat Cup - then a sequence of six defeats and one draw from their first seven Pro League matches set alarm bells clanging.
Goals were conceded at nearly three per game, while at the other end the ratio stood at less than one in every match.
In all, in the 13 rounds before the midseason break, Dibba had been beaten 11 times, winning once.
Then came the change. Cabo was replaced by Abdullah Misfir, the revered Emirati, who quickly sought reinforcements.
He swapped Syria's Abdul Razak Al Hussain for Bilal Najjarine, the Lebanese defender, Samuel Ocran, the Ghanaian, slotted in place of the injured Junior, and last-minute loan deals were made for Al Wasl's Badr Al Farsi and Kalba's Ahmed Malallah.
Dibba have since emerged from the doldrums. Almost. Galvanised by a return victory at Al Dhafra, they have gone on to win four more times, including a shock triumph at Al Ain.
Victories in the past two games against second-placed Al Ahli and an already relegated Kalba have offered a glimmer of salvation. For Dibba's resurgence has reeled a struggling Al Shaab to within two points, meaning should they defeat Ajman on Saturday and the Sharjah club falters at Al Shabab then Dibba stay up.
"This is like a new birth for the club and I really hope we will be able to stay in the Pro League," said Tarek Al Sayed, a member of the coaching staff, at the beginning of the season.
He could well have been talking about their recent resurrection. Al Sayed had remarked back then that good fortune would play its part in any stab at survival, however courage and commitment have been the keys to the most unlikely of turnarounds.
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