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From 1960s tailors to famous kebab joints: 15 Abu Dhabi ‘urban gems’ loved by residents over the years – News


published: Friday, June 23, 2023 at 3:49 pm

Last updated: Friday, June 23, 2023 at 11:06 pm

Abu Dhabi is home to many timeless cafes, restaurants, textile shops, some of which opened even before the founding of this great nation. To date, these beloved venues have become landmarks in their own right, satisfying patrons and evoking nostalgia. The Abu Dhabi Department of Culture and Tourism has honored 15 rare buildings in the second edition of the ‘Treasures of the City’ competition. Here are some brands that continue to delight you.

Abu Afwal

Established in 1975, Abu Al Afwal is one of the oldest restaurants in the capital’s Tourists Club district. It embodies the fusion of Abu Dhabi and Sudanese cultures, offering a unique experience to anyone who tries Sudanese cuisine. The taste of the food and the affordable prices are the main reasons why customers are satisfied and keep coming back.

Al Alamein Restaurant

Since 1980, Al Alamin Restaurant in the Al Markaziya area has been offering a range of cuisines and options to suit the needs of its patrons. It is known for its generous portions and affordable prices. With its authentic ambience and reflection of Abu Dhabi culture, patrons have felt a strong connection to the restaurant for over forty years.

Al Arab Restaurant

Opened in 1985 in the heart of Abu Dhabi, Al Arab Restaurant is known for its fine Middle Eastern cuisine. Al Arab Restaurant prides itself on serving authentic Middle Eastern dishes prepared with high-quality ingredients by skilled chefs. The restaurant also offers a selection of Continental, Chinese, Pakistani and Indian cuisines to suit different culinary preferences.

Abu Kabi Kabab Restaurant and Grill

Opened in 1975, Abu Kaabi Kabab Restaurant and Grill has earned a well-deserved reputation for authentic cuisine. The menu is a treasure trove of kebab food, with a wide variety of options to suit every taste. Over the years, this kebab joint in the Khalidiya area has become a cherished restaurant with generations of loyal patrons.

Al Masud Jewelry

Al Masaood Jewelery has been a cornerstone in Abu Dhabi since 1974, offering a range of stylish and diverse designs to suit all clientele’s preferences for jewelry, watches and gifts. It has excellent customer service and has become a popular destination with the community, offering unforgettable experiences.

Buddy Optics

Back in 1969, Badie Optical was the first optical shop in Al Ain. Over the years, the store has built a loyal customer base by providing high quality products and excellent service. The store has a wide range of brands to suit different budgets and preferences. It also provides professional services, such as eye exams and fittings.

Cairo Textile Showroom

The story of the Cairo Textile Company began more than 50 years ago, making it one of the oldest pre-establishment businesses in the UAE. Even today, the branch’s legacy lives on by providing diverse material and inspiring countless memories across multiple generations. As a symbol of heritage, Cairo textiles are an important part of the heritage passed down from generation to generation.

Chapan Borg

Chhappan Bhog is a well-known brand in Abu Dhabi, known for offering a wide range of traditional and modern Indian sweets and street food. Since 1994, Chhappan Bhog has been dedicated to spreading joy and sharing the essence of Indian culture through its delicious food. It offers a range of vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes from different regions of India.

Cool and cool flowers

Cool and Cool Flowers by Al Mina offers a wide variety of flowers and plants for different occasions. The shop has been providing plantation and landscaping services since 1995, making it one of the oldest shops in the field. The staff are experienced and knowledgeable in the field of floral arrangements. The store is known for its exceptional customer service and attention to detail, ensuring that every order is delivered with care and precision.

Gulf Bridal Salon

Opened in 1980, this popular salon is known for its striking ambiance, high-end service and friendly environment. Over the decades, the salon has been an important meeting place for many occasions and fond memories.

Green Branch Trading

Since 1981, the Green Branch trade agency has been a source of inspiration for Abu Dhabi artists. The store offers quality embroidery materials and supports many creative people, from artists to ambitious students, creating memories along the way.

National Tailor

The National Tailor in Al Ain was the first of its kind since 1967. It is popular for the fabric trade and tailoring of traditional Emirati menswear. Its clients range from members of the public to senior officials. Despite the passage of time, the store is still popular with the people of the city and has become a witness of the development of life in the city.

Lebanese baker

Lebanese Roaster is a coffee shop and roastery established in Abu Dhabi in 1978 as the city’s first coffee roaster. The coffee shop is known for serving high-quality authentic coffee roasted in-house, with a focus on Lebanese blends.

Al Sultan Restaurant and Grill

Al Sultan Restaurant and Grill is a Middle Eastern restaurant specializing in traditional Lebanese cuisine, serving a range of dishes including hot and cold appetizers, grilled meats and seafood. It is the ideal destination for families, friends and couples who want to experience traditional Lebanese cuisine. The menu includes a variety of dishes using fresh ingredients and traditional recipes.

Sunshine Electronics Store

Sunlight Electronics Shop has been catering to gaming enthusiasts since 1990, offering a wide range of products to suit their gaming needs. The store showcases the latest and most popular gaming systems, including PlayStation, Xbox, and Nintendo Switch. Next to the consoles, you’ll find rows and rows of shelves filled with video games. In addition to games and consoles, the gaming store also offers a range of accessories. The store is a gamer’s paradise, offering them a wide range of games, consoles and accessories.


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