Abu Dhabi honours long-standing businesses as 'Urban Treasures'


Abu Dhabi has announced the recipients of this year's 'Urban Treasures' awards that honour long-running establishments that have shaped the emirate's urban and social fabric.

Now in its third edition, the initiative was launched to recognise Abu Dhabi's landmark homegrown businesses – including restaurants, bakeries, tailors, fabric stores, perfumeries, jewellers, pharmacies, photography studios and similar establishments – which have thrived for 20 years or more.

"These establishments have witnessed the capital’s growth and contributed to the identity and vitality of our neighbourhoods, strengthening the social and cultural fabric of the emirate," said Mohamed Khalifa Al Mubarak, Chairman of the Department of Culture and Tourism - Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi).

"Through Urban Treasures, we aim to further raise the profiles of these establishments and ensure they thrive for generations to come. This initiative is in line with our strategy to preserve and promote Abu Dhabi's unique cultural identity and share it with the world – while also celebrating it locally," he added.

During a ceremony held at the Cultural Foundation, Al Mubarak presented the award to 15 businesses selected from across the emirate.

Nominations for Urban Treasures 2024 were opened to the public last year, allowing them to be part of celebrating the efforts of these establishments. Those were then filtered and evaluated by a committee, which reviewed each establishment based on set criteria.

Urban Treasures Abu Dhabi 2024:

  • Salem Al Shueibi Jewellery
  • Al Mandoos
  • Nasruddin Perfumes Shop (Madinat Zayed Shopping Center)
  • Abu Dhabi Pottery Establishment
  • Al Ain Pharmacy
  • Persian Carpets & Antiques Exhibition
  • Rubou Zahla Trading Establishment
  • Al Ajayeb Bazar
  • Al Jazeera Studio & Stores
  • Ayoob Exhibition
  • Alfarah Restaurant
  • WOSTB Legal Translation
  • Paris Textiles LLC
  • Alareesh Restaurant
  • Al Qadi Pharmacy & Est

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