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Urban Treasures 2023

In the bustling city of Abu Dhabi, amidst all the modern hustle and bustle, there are a few places that hold a special spot in our hearts. These spots have been around for decades and still bring joy to locals and visitors alike.

From iconic cafes serving up delicious treats to small family businesses that have stood the test of time, these places are a true delight to experience. They take us back to a simpler time and offer a peaceful retreat from the fast-paced world we live in. Step into a warm embrace of nostalgia and visit these urban treasures for an authentic Abu Dhabi experience.

Classic eateries

1. Abu Al Afwal

Established in 1975, one of the oldest eateries in Abu Dhabi reflects the cultural blend of Abu Dhabi and Sudan, offering a unique experience to anyone who tries Sudanese cuisine. The food's taste and affordable prices are the main reasons why customers are satisfied.

2. Al Alamain Restaurant

Alamain Restaurant has been offering a range of cuisines and options to satisfy its customers' needs since 1980, while also being renowned for its generous portions and affordable prices. With its authentic atmosphere and reflection of Abu Dhabi culture, customers have felt a strong connection to the restaurant for over four decades.

3. Al Arab Restaurant

Al Arab Restaurant, established in 1985 in the heart of Abu Dhabi, is renowned for its exquisite Middle Eastern cuisine. Al Arab Restaurant prides itself on serving authentic Middle Eastern dishes prepared by skilled chefs using high-quality ingredients. In addition to its Middle Eastern offerings, the restaurant also offers a selection of continental meals, Chinese, Pakistani, and Indian cuisines, catering to a diverse range of culinary preferences.

4. Abu Kabi Kabab Restaurant & Grills

Nestled in the heart of a vibrant city, there stands a long-standing kebab restaurant that has been a beloved culinary destination for locals and visitors alike. Abu Kabi Kabab Restaurant & Grills was established in 1975. This establishment has earned a well-deserved reputation for its authentic flavors, with a rich history spanning several decades. The menu is a treasure trove of kebab delights, offering a variety of options to suit every palate. Over the years, this kebab restaurant has become a cherished establishment in Abu Dhabi, frequented by generations of loyal patrons. The few small tables with basic chairs offer a cosy spot for patrons to enjoy their meals.

5. Chhappan Bhog Restaurant

Chhappan Bhog is a renowned brand in Abu Dhabi that is known for serving a wide range of traditional and contemporary 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 offerings. It serves a range of vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes from different regions of India.

6. Lebanese Roaster

Lebanese Roaster is a coffee shop and roastery that was established in Abu Dhabi in 1978, making it the first coffee roaster in the city. The coffee shop is renowned for serving high-quality, authentic coffee that is roasted in-house, with a focus on Lebanese blends.

7. Al Sultan Restaurant & Grill

Al Sultan Restaurant & Grill is a Middle Eastern restaurant located in Abu Dhabi. The restaurant specialises in traditional Lebanese cuisine, serving a range of dishes that include hot and cold mezzes, grilled meats, and seafood. Al Sultan Restaurant & Grill is an ideal destination for families, friends, and couples who want to experience traditional Lebanese food. The menu features a variety of dishes that are made using fresh ingredients and traditional recipes.

Legacy businesses

1. Al Massood Jewellery

Since 1974, Al Massood Jewellery has been a cornerstone of Abu Dhabi, providing a range of stylish and varied designs to cater to all customer preferences in jewellry, watches, and gifts. The establishment boasts exceptional customer service and has become a popular destination for the community, providing unforgettable experiences.

2. Badie Optical

Badie Optical was the first optical store to be established in Al Ain, back in 1969. Over the years, the store has built a loyal customer base by offering high-quality products and exceptional service. Today, Badie Optical offers a wide range of eyewear products, including prescription glasses, sunglasses, contact lenses, and accessories such as cases, cleaning solutions, and more. The store carries a variety of brands, catering to different budgets and preferences. Badie Optical also offers professional services such as eye exams and fittings. The store is staffed by trained optometrists who can provide expert advice and guidance on selecting the right glasses or lenses.

3. Cairo Textiles Showroom

Over fifty years ago, the story of Cairo Textiles began, making it one of the oldest establishments that existed before the formation of the UAE. Even today, the branch's legacy lives on by offering a diverse range of materials and inspiring countless memories for multiple generations. As an icon of heritage, Cairo Textiles is a significant part of passing on a legacy from one generation to the next.

4. Cool and Cool Flowers

Cool and Cool Flowers is an established flower shop in Abu Dhabi that offers a wide variety of flowers and plants for different occasions. The shop has been providing plantation and landscape services since 1995, making it one of the oldest establishments in the field. The staff are experienced and knowledgeable in the field of floristry and are always happy to assist customers in choosing the perfect flowers and arrangements to suit their needs. The shop is known for its excellent customer service and attention to detail, ensuring that every order is delivered with care and precision.

5. Gulf Bride Salon

The popular salon was established back in 1980. It is well known for its eye-catching ambience, high-end services and friendly environment. The salon has been a prominent gathering spot for many occasions and heart-warming memories in the past few decades.

6. The Green Branch Trading Est.

Since 1981, The Green Branch Trading Establishment has been a source of inspiration for artists in Abu Dhabi. The store offers quality materials for embroidery and has supported many creative individuals, from artists to ambitious students, creating memories along the way.

7. National Tailor Stores

National Tailor Stores in Al Ain city is the first of its kind since 1967. It is popular in the trade of fabrics and tailoring traditional Emirati men’s clothing (Kandura). The National Tailor Stores is proud of the history of its founder. Its customers ranged from members of the public to high officials. Despite the passage of years, the shop still maintains its popularity among the people of the city to remain a witness to the development of life in it.

8. Sunlight Electronics Shop

Sunlight Electronics Shop was established in 1990. The shop caters to gaming enthusiasts and provides a wide range of products to meet their gaming needs. The shop showcases the latest and most popular gaming systems, including PlayStation, Xbox, and Nintendo Switch. Adjacent to the consoles, you'll find rows of shelves filled with video game titles. In addition to games and consoles, the gaming shop offers an array of accessories. The shop is a haven for gamers, providing them with a diverse selection of games, consoles, and accessories.

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