Veteran shops and restaurants in Abu Dhabi to get ‘urban treasure’ status

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 Veteran shops and restaurants in Abu Dhabi to get ‘urban treasure’ status

Abu Dhabi is a big city that’s almost unrecognisable from the one that existed before the turn of the millennium.

Constantly changing, evolving and developing, the city now boasts a glittering skyline, world class hotels and attractions.

Through all that change some of the city’s most popular shops, restaurants and cafes have endured.

In a bid to preserve that heritage and recognise locally-run venues for their essential role in the community, a new initiative has launched.

The Department of Culture and Tourism - Abu Dhabi has launched the Urban Treasures programme.

Under the programme, 20 places will be awarded the status and you can nominate venues that you think deserve recognition for their longevity.

All nominated venues must have been active before 2000 and to tTo nominate a venue you can visit and use the tag #urbantreasures on social media.

In addition, a booth will be in place at Qasr Al Hosn where you can submit a nomination.

The chosen venues will be announced once the Weekends at Al Hosn events come to a close on April 18.

“As part of our commitment to preserve the rich cultural heritage of the emirate, we focus on places and projects that have contributed to the cultural and urban identity of Abu Dhabi, and played a significant role in capturing the essence of the different communities residing here,” said HE Mohammed Khalifa Al Mubarak, chairman of DCT Abu Dhabi.

“This initiative has been launched to help the most long-established eateries and shops in Abu Dhabi thrive, whilst at the same time recognising their significance as cultural touchpoints that resonate with the public as intrinsic parts of how they remember the emirate.

“The selected establishments will be showcased and each will have their profile’s increased, which will hopefully increase footfall.

“They will also take their place as part of the interwoven history of Emirati society, preserved for future generations so that they can understand and appreciate fully the history of their homeland.”

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