Abu Dhabi has named the first 15 recipients of its ‘Urban Treasures’ initiative to honour long-running businesses.
The Department of Culture and Tourism’s (DCT Abu Dhabi) annual campaign recognises cafes, restaurants, clothing stores and other establishments that have been part of the UAE capital’s cultural and social fabric for more than 20 years.
A host of promotional benefits have been awarded to them.
They have also been presented with physical and digital tags that highlight their contributions to the community, allowing them to benefit from a higher profile to promote their businesses to residents and tourists.
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The establishments selected for the 2021 Urban Treasures Award were: Al Aqsa Sweets, Al Ibrahimi Restaurant, Al Raiqa Date and Fruit Trading, Al Safa Carpet, Al Sultan Markets and Bakeries, All Prints, Corniche Automatic Bakeries and Markets, Jashanmal National Company, Bu Tafish Restaurant, Tripoli Sweets, Lebanon Flower Bakery, India Palace Restaurant, Al Dhafra Restaurant, Malik and Shaheed Shops and Zahrat Lebnan Cafeteria and Restaurant.
“These establishments come from every sector and showcase the best qualities and attributes of our historically important businesses, demonstrating the values and aspirations we seek to instill throughout the emirate,” said Mohamed Khalifa Al Mubarak, Chairman at DCT Abu Dhabi.
The nominees were evaluated by a special committee, which reviews each establishment in accordance with strict criteria.
Residents will be able to nominate their favourite businesses for the honour each year through an online call for nomination.