The Huntr https://thehuntr.com/mag Bringing good things to good people. Tue, 03 Aug 2021 05:12:11 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.7.2 Your guide to the best things to eat, drink, see and do at The Summer of Ice Cream 2021 with Abu Dhabi Culinary and The HUNTR https://thehuntr.com/mag/summer-of-ice-cream-abu-dhabi-guide/ Fri, 02 Jul 2021 09:32:38 +0000 https://thehuntr.com/mag/?p=11523 On Sunday the 4th of July the capital of the United Arab Emirates will transform into an ice cream-filled dreamland thanks to The #SummerOfIceCream. In partnership with your friends at The HUNTR, the Government of Abu Dhabi’s Department of Culture and Tourism’s Abu Dhabi Culinary platform will see a series of activities themed around ice […]

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On Sunday the 4th of July the capital of the United Arab Emirates will transform into an ice cream-filled dreamland thanks to The #SummerOfIceCream. In partnership with your friends at The HUNTR, the Government of Abu Dhabi’s Department of Culture and Tourism’s Abu Dhabi Culinary platform will see a series of activities themed around ice cream, gelato, ice lollies, and other frozen treats, take place from Sunday until the last day of August.

The campaign encompasses a series of activations at Abu Dhabi’s best cafes, restaurants, and homegrown concepts, curated by yours truly. From exclusive, limited-edition ice cream creations (available July 4 until August 31 only), to complete menus, activities for kids, workshops, raffles, and other fun activities, there’s something for everyone to discover this summer. Also from the 9th of July, visitors to Yas Mall will be in for a treat thanks to The #SummerOfIceCream Ice Cream Lab pop-up, which features an Instagrammable structure, complete with oversized ice cream installations and it will serve as the home for two brands, on rotation, until the end of the campaign on August 31. Some ice-cream icons from Japan, UK, and Europe have been flown in for the occasion and there’s going to be a world record attempt.

So to plan ahead and make sure you don’t miss one delicious detail, bookmark this special guide and plan your #SummerInAbuDhabi with Abu Dhabi Culinary and The HUNTR for The #SummerOfIceCream…


Your guide to the best things to eat, drink, see and do at The Summer of Ice Cream 2021 with Abu Dhabi Culinary and The HUNTR

Key Dates

July 4th until August 31st: Limited-edition dishes, experiences, and offers available at partnering concepts: Amorino, Aptitude, No. FiftySeven Boutique Cafe, Cafe Renard, Culture Cafe, Corner Cone, Drilled Crafted Delights, DRVN Coffee, Elysium Cafe & Restaurant, Foodshed, Galestro Espresso Bar, Home Bakery, Jaz Boutique and Cafe, La Bottega Del Gelato, Le Patchouli Specialty Coffee, M’Oishi, Mirzam Chocolate Makers, Meera Cafe, Native Cafe, Notes Cafe, Pentagon Specialty Coffee, Sanderson’s, Salama’s Restaurant & Cafe, Soil, Soo Matcha, Turf Cafe, Qahwa 03, and Way Up Specialty Coffee. (Specific details for each in the guide below).

July 9th until August 31st: Exclusive #SummerOfIceCream Ice Cream Lab pop-up at Yas Mall (Pearl Court, by the VIP entrance) featuring the following brands: The UK’s Pan n’ Ice from July 5 until July 21. Lebanon’s Bouzet Jeddo from 9-15 July and then again 27-31 August. 16-22 July Abu Dhabi’s own Corner Cone. Japan’s Eiswelt Gelato from July 22 until August 4. 23-29 July Abu Dhabi’s own Native. 30 July until August 5 Abu Dhabi’s own Pentagon. The UK’s Dyce from August 5-18. Dubai’s Parlour Boutique from August 6-12. August 13-26 Abu Dhabi’s own Way Up.

Insider tip: The HUNTR will be reposting all of the best content from The Summer of Ice Cream so make sure to tag all of your posts with #SummerOfIceCream #SummerInAbuDhabi @abudhabiculinary @thehuntrcom


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WAY UP SPECIALITY COFFEE

New kids on the block, Way Up Specialty Coffee have curated an epic four-dish exclusive menu for The #SummerOfIceCream. It features a refreshing Mango Float Ice Cream (28AED), a Salty Cloud Ice Cream (25AED), divine Baqlawa Brioche with Ice Cream (33AED), and a creamy Cloud Milkshake (23AED). There will also be free ice-cream tasting sessions at Way Up, every Thursday starting the 8th of July all the way through until the end of August. These are free of charge and will be available between 11am and 3pm.

Snapshot: 4 exclusive dishes to try between July 4-August 31. Free ice-cream tastings on Thursdays anytime between 11am and 3pm.

Instagram: @wayupae

Location: Al Shahama, Abu Dhabi Road, New Shahamah, Abu Dhabi


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QAHWA 03

Inspired by the UAE’s ancestral love for coffee, Qahwa (the Arabic word for coffee) offers a revival of the spirit of long family gatherings and the nostalgic smell of old traditional houses decorated with steel windows. And this summer Al Ain’s favourite coffee shop and softie maker is debuting a covetable Mango Passion Fruit Softie exclusively for The #SummerOfIceCream. There’s more to come too, so stay tuned…

Snapshot: An exclusive limited-edition mango softie available July 4 until August 31st at Qahwa 03.

Instagram: @qahwa03

Location: Al Tiwayyah, Al Ain, Abu Dhabi

Your guide to the best things to eat, drink, see and do at The Summer of Ice Cream 2021 with Abu Dhabi Culinary and The HUNTR

Your guide to the best things to eat, drink, see and do at The Summer of Ice Cream 2021 with Abu Dhabi Culinary and The HUNTR

TURF CAFE

Everyone’s favourite neighbourhood cafe Turf has crafted an exclusive #SummerOfIceCream menu for Abu Dhabi Culinary and The HUNTR featuring four delicious-sounding creations. There are Babka Nutella Ice cream Sandwiches, with rich and creamy supreme vanilla ice cream. The KHD Espresso, which features your favourite coffee blended up ice cold with a hint of sweetness topped with sweet cream and a dusting of espresso. The Big Bear Affogato – when hot meets cold, rich Brazilian espresso served over dark chocolate and peanut butter gelato, for the sophisticated sweet tooth, featuring Miva Flavor House gelato. And the Ginger Berry Gela-Tea – a refreshing ice-cold ginger berry tea served with a scoop of lemongrass and lime gelato.

Snapshot: Four delicious creations exclusively available from July 4th until August 31st at Turf Cafe.

Instagram: @turfcafe.ae

Location: 321 Mubarak Bin Mohammed Street, Al Khalidiyah, Abu Dhabi


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SOO MATCHA

Instagram-friendly green tea emporium Soo Matcha will be mixing up its softie machine this summer with an exclusive flavour for The #SummerOfIceCream. The keto and vegan-friendly creation features a Superfood & Matcha Soft Serve – with a base made out of a reishi and carob mix topped up with Beetroot & Matcha Soft Serve. Plus daily Frozen DLM (matcha, espresso, choice of milk, and matcha softy topped up with matcha sprinkles). Plus every Saturday visitors will get a chance to ‘Spin The Wheel’, which is popping up in-store from July 4 until August 31st only and gives you the chance to win a host of prizes.

Snapshot: Two exclusive creations available July 4 until August 31st. Every Saturday throughout the campaign is ‘Spin The Wheel Saturday’, which sees customers spinning an oversized, retro gameshow wheel for a chance to win a host of prizes at Soo Matcha.

Instagram: @soomatcha.uae

Location: 20 Al Banadir Street, Abu Dhabi


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SOIL

Abu Dhabi’s favourite organic health food store and cafe will please all health-conscious ice cream enthusiasts this #SummerOfIceCream with its two exclusive creations. Both ice creams are plant-based, dairy, and gluten-free and include a Vegan Peanut Butter Soft Serve (Small: 27AED, Large: 35AED) because who doesn’t love peanut butter? Plus a Vegan Peanut Butter Acai Swirl (Small: 27AED, Large: 35AED) because whilst PB and acai are great on their own, they are even better together. Plus the team at Soil are daring you to get creative with its ‘Who topped it best?’ photo competition, which encourages customers to take a snap of their creation and post it on social media with the hashtag #SummerOfIceCream tagging @soilstore @abudhabiculinary and @thehuntrcom for a chance to win weekly 100AED Soil store vouchers.

Snapshot: There are two exclusive creations available July 4th until August 31st and an ongoing photo competition throughout the campaign offering a weekly chance to win a 100AED Soil voucher.

Instagram: @soilstore

Location: Al Seef Village Mall, Abu Dhabi


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SALAMA’S RESTAURANT & CAFE

This sophisticated Al Bateen hotspot has a host of treats for you this summer. For the first half of activation the exclusive dishes include Coconut and Passion Fruit Soft Serve in a cone or a cup, and a plated Coconut Soft Serve Tuille Basket with fresh mango, mango puree, and coconut crumble. The second half of activation features Vanilla Cinnamon and Chocolate Soft Serve in a cone or a cup alongside a Cinnamon Bun with Vanilla Soft Serve, Cream Cheese and Caramel Sauce, plus a decadent Chocolate Zataar Brownie with Chocolate Soft Serve, sprinkled with Zaatar. If that wasn’t enough there’s also a special soft serve corner popping up at Salama’s this summer, which invites you to get creative and make your own ice cream.

Snapshot: 5 exclusive dishes available between July 4th and August 31st at Salama’s plus a interactive soft serve corner available exclusively for The #SummerOfIceCream campaign.

Instagram: @salamasrestaurant

Location: Al Quffal Street, Al Bateen, Abu Dhabi


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SANDERSON’S

Al Seef Resort hotspot will keep you cool this summer with its amazing exclusive #SummerOfIceCream menu. The Breakfast Banana Split (59AED) isn’t as naughty as it sounds as it features a healthy yoghurt ice cream with granola, berries, honey, cocoa nibs and lotus spread. The Macaron Sandwiches (45AED) can be filled with your choice of ice cream and are almost too pretty to eat, the Strawberry and Cheesecake Profiterole (49AED) comes with yoghurt ice cream and blueberries and ice-cream scoops are also available in vanilla, pistachio, lotus, yoghurt and mango flavours.

Snapshot: An exclusive #SummerOfIceCream menu is available at Sanderson’s between July 4th and August 31st and features four limited-edition creations.

Instagram: @wearesandersons

Location: Al Seef Resort, Abu Dhabi


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PENTAGON SPECIALTY COFFEE

This coveted specialty coffee shop will be combining our passion for coffee with its love of ice cream to develop new drinks and desserts made especially for The Summer of Ice Cream 2021. There are four amazing shakes to try between July 4th and August 31st including the Pentagon Latte Shake, a rich and nutty ice cream shake made with Pentagon’s bestselling peanut butter flavored Pentagon Latte, a Spanish Latte Shake – a sweet and decadent ice cream shake made with delicious Spanish Latte. The 926 Latte Shake, which takes you straight to the beach with its minty fresh coconut flavours, and the Coffee Shake, a delicious ice cream shake made with 100% single-origin espresso. Then there’s the Summer Float, an ice-cold iced latte topped with Pentagon’s bestselling Coffee Softie soft-serve. Alongside two desserts – the Nutella Sea-Salt Cookie Crumble, gooey, chocolatey, creamy goodness featuring a deconstructed Nutella sea-salt cookie topped with delicious coffee ice cream, and the Sticky-Date and Toffee Cakelets – spheres of sticky-date cakelets served with vanilla ice cream, cookie crumbs, and a toffee drizzle. If that wasn’t enough there is also an East vs West coffee and ice-cream experience featuring the Coffee Softie made with single-origin espresso and the Gahwa Softie made with authentic Arabic coffee.

Snapshot: Pentagon has a limited-edition #SummerOfIceCream menu available from the 4th of July until the 31st of August which includes 4 shakes, one float, two desserts and two coffee soft serve flavours. There’s also more to come and be announced soon – stay tuned.

Instagram: @pentagonuae

Location: 926 Al Falah Street, Abu Dhabi


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NOTES CAFE

This summer Notes Cafe is debuting an exclusive dessert for The #SummerOfIceCream called Ultimate Brownie, which features homemade cheesecake ice cream on a gooey, chocolatey brownie. What’s more is for every Ultimate Brownie sold there is an automatic entry into Notes’ weekly raffle. Winners will be drawn via Instagram stories every Thursday and there are lots of tasty prizes to be won.

Snapshot: Notes Cafe has an exclusive dessert available from July 4 until August 31st for The #SummerOfIceCream and every dish sold grants you an automatic entry into Notes’ weekly raffle.

Instagram: @notescafe.ae

Location: Khalifa Park, Abu Dhabi

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Your guide to the best things to eat, drink, see and do at The Summer of Ice Cream 2021 with Abu Dhabi Culinary and The HUNTR

NATIVE CAFE

The Native Cafe counter has a host of ice-cream specials available for pick-up (and takeaway only) this summer. Firstly there’s an exclusive Homemade Affogato in three ways (pistachio, classic or cold mocha) available with coffee and ice cream and an automatic chance to win a delicious prize… simply turn your cup upside down once you’re done and see if you are a winner. Beignets, coffee, ice cream sandwiches, and more are up for grabs. Then from the 11th of July Native will launch The ADChillers (32AED each) consisting of three exclusive flavours of ice cream – coconut, pistachio, and saffron. The Coconut ADChiller features a waffle base with coconut ice cream, lemon curd and is dipped in dark chocolate before being coated in coconut flakes. The Pistachio ADChiller also features a waffle base with pistachio ice cream, dipped in dark chocolate and drizzled with honey. And the Saffron ADChiller includes a waffle base with saffron ice cream, cardamom cream filling and is dipped in white chocolate, coated in rose syrup, rose petals, and crushed pistachios.

Snapshot: Native Cafe is launching a delicious homemade affogato available from July 11th until August 31st complete with chances to win something delicious (turn your cup upside down when you’re finished to see if you’re lucky). Then there will be three exclusive ice cream sandwiches for The #SummerOfIceCream, lovingly named the ADChillers available only from July 11th until August 31st.

Instagram: @nativecafe.ae

Location: 294 Al Manhal, Abu Dhabi


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MEERA CAFE

Inspired by a beloved grandmother and Emirati cuisine, Meera Cafe’s chef has cultivated an exclusive dessert ice cream menu, especially for The #SummerOfIceCream. Available between July 4th and August 31st, the menu features an Ice Cream Waffle with three scoops of ice cream on a bed of crumbs topped with waffle corn, five different sundae creations including Strawberry Shortcake (vanilla ice cream mixed with sponge cake, fresh strawberries, served with strawberry sauce), Caramelized Banana Split (chocolate and vanilla ice cream served with banana slice topped with chocolate fudge sauce and caramel sauce garnished with toasted almond flakes), Brownie and Cookies (warm Brownie topped with Vanilla Ice cream along with chocolate sauce crowned with Oreo cookies), Big Dig (chocolate and Vanilla ice cream, topped with pound cake chunk, crushed chocolate chips, smooth marshmallows with tones of chocolate fudge and caramel sauces) and Gooey (chocolate Ice cream with pieces of Brownie cakes, and toasted marshmallows top with chocolate sauce). Plus three ‘Crazy Shakes’ – Marshmallow Vanilla Shake (vanilla milkshake decorate with marshmallows and a cupcake topped with frosting, and marshmallow stick), LoliGummy Shake (pink milkshake decorated with pink sprinkles, gummy stick, and a colourful lollipop), and the Oreo Extravaganza (chocolate milkshake topped with crushed Oreo, cookie ice cream and brownie). 

Snapshot: Meera Cafe is launching an exclusive #SummerOfIceCream menu this summer featuring one dessert, five ice-cream sundaes, and three Instagrammable ‘Crazy Shakes’ available July 4th until August 31st only.

Instagram: @meera_cafe

Location: Makani Mall, Abu Dhabi


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MIRZAM CHOCOLATE MAKERS

Everyone’s favourite homegrown chocolate maker has an exclusive dish to try this summer for #TheSummerOfIceCream. Available from July 4th until August 31st only, The Iced Eton Mess is a collaboration with another regional favourite – Canvas Gelato. It features a rose & raspberry gelato and is served with a crushed rose meringue. There is more to come soon too… Stay tuned.

Snapshot: Mirzam has once again partnered with regional ice cream makers Canvas Gelato to debut The Iced Eton Mess for The #SummerOfIceCream available only from July 4th until August 31st.

Instagram: @mirzamchocolate

Location: Qasr Al Hosn, Abu Dhabi

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Your guide to the best things to eat, drink, see and do at The Summer of Ice Cream 2021 with Abu Dhabi Culinary and The HUNTR

M’OISHI

Japanese mochi delicacy makers M’Oishi is mixing things up a little this summer and offering four exclusive ice cream cups for The #SummerOfIceCream. With flavours including Açai, Peanut butter, Cookies, and Cream and Virgin Mojito, M’Oishi is also offering 80AED per person tasting sessions, which will feature five different Mochi flavours. But that’s not all – as part of the tasting experience you are invited to ‘Guess The Flavour’ in order to win 4 complimentary Arabic Mochi – Vimto, Rose Pistachio, Kunafa, Qamar El Deen. Tastebuds at the ready…

Snapshot: M’Oishi has debuted four exclusive ice cream cups for The #SummerOfIceCream and will be offering tasting sessions with a twist – guess all 5 flavours to win 4 special Arabic mochi. Available July 4th until August 31st only.

Instagram: @moishi.uae

Location: The Galleria, Level 1, Al Falah Street, Abu Dhabi


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LE PATCHOULI SPECIALTY COFFEE

For The #SummerOfIceCream Le Patchouli Specialty Coffee is debuting five exclusive ice-cream dishes at five of its branches from July 4th until August 31st. The menu features Mango Ice Cream, made with all-natural ingredients and as juicy as a real mango and Mango Joy – which combines mango ice cream with Le Patchouli’s homemade bestselling cake. Plus homemade Coconut Ice Cream, a healthier Sugar-Free Vanilla Ice Cream (only available at Le Patchouli’s Al Hudayriat Island branch), and Le Patchouli Ice Cream, which features a delicious mix of coffee and caramel. What’s more, Le Patchouli invites you to decorate your ice cream with one complimentary topping – choose from mango, strawberries, chocolate, and blueberries.

Snapshot: This summer Le Patchouli is offering five exclusive creations for The #SummerOfIceCream, available from July 4th until August 31st, with complimentary toppings to choose from.

Instagram: @le_patchouli

Location: Find The #SummerOfIceCream initiatives at the following Le Patchouli branches – Al Hudayriat Island, Khalifa City, Al Shamkha, Marsa Mina, Al Ain.


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LA BOTTEGA DEL GELATO

La Bottega Del Gelato has been making its coveted gelato from scratch in the UAE capital for over a decade. Known for its unique gelato and frozen fruit creations, this summer for The #SummerOfIceCream, La Bottega will launch exclusive flavours inspired by the UAE including saffron, rose, khabisa , Asida and Helwa, as well fresh dates gelato. Plus every Tuesday from 5-5.30pm, (for 50AED per person) guests will be able to embark on an ice-cream tasting of all of the exclusive ice-cream flavours for The #SummerOfIceCream. Kid’s Workshops are also on offer – for a maximum of 4 kids at a time and priced at 100AED per child, little ones will learn about the ice cream process from A-Z, be able to get involved and of course eat lots of yummy ice cream. They will also go home with a certificate. WhatsApp 050 388 9165 to book.

Snapshot: La Bottega Del Gelato has created six exclusive gelatos for The #SummerOfIceCream, which were inspired by the UAE and are only available from July 4th until August 31st. Plus, throughout the campaign, every Tuesday between 5 and 5.30pm you can embark on a 50AED ice-cream tasting session and explore all of these flavours. The little ones will also love the special kid’s workshop La Bottega is hosting, and these are available on demand and with prior bookings made to 050 388 9165.

Instagram: @labottegadelgelato

Location: Bawabat Al Sharq Mall, Abu Dhabi


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JAZ BOUTIQUE AND CAFE

The elegant Jaz Boutique and Cafe is debuting three exclusive creations for The #SummerOfIceCream including Rose Lavender Ice Cream (18AED), JAZ Ice Cream (22AED) (vanilla ice cream topped with rose halwa and biscuit), and last but not least – Magic (35AED) (rose halwa with rose latte topped with rose ice cream). Throughout the campaign period (July 4th until August 31st) Jaz Boutique is also running a photo competition, which invites you to take a picture of your Jaz Boutique #TheSummerOfIceCream special and post it tagging #TheSummerOfIceCream @jazboutique @abudhabiculinary and #SummerInAbuDhabi for a chance to win a 1000AED Jaz Boutique voucher. The winner will be chosen and announced on August 31st.

Snapshot: Jaz Boutique has three delicious and exclusive ice cream creations on its menu from July 4th until August 31st for The #SummerOfIceCream. Also, for a chance to win a 1000AED Jaz Boutique voucher, snap a picture of your dessert and post it on Instagram tagging #TheSummerOfIceCream @jazboutique @abudhabiculinary and #SummerInAbuDhabi.

Instagram: @jazboutique

Location: Al Turath Street, Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi


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HOME BAKERY

For The #SummerOfIceCream Home Bakery is keeping it simple with an exclusive creation just for this campaign available July 4th until August 31st – Iced Espresso Ice Cream served in a cone. There is also a fun competition for budding photographers – take a creative picture of Home Bakery’s exclusive #SummerOfIceCream creation and post it tagging @home_bakery @abudhabiculinary @thehuntrcom #summeroficecream – and you will then be automatically entered into Home Bakery’s prize draw, which will see one lucky winner take home a box of their three new ice cream flavours (dropping soon).

Snapshot: Try the exclusive Iced Espresso Ice Cream Cone at both Home Bakery locations from July 4th until August 31st. Plus take a picture of it and post it with @home_bakery @abudhabiculinary @thehuntrcom #summeroficecream for a chance to win a box of ice cream at the end of the campaign.

Instagram: @home_bakery

Location: Umm Al Emarat Park, Abu Dhabi and Masdar Park, Abu Dhabi

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Your guide to the best things to eat, drink, see and do at The Summer of Ice Cream 2021 with Abu Dhabi Culinary and The HUNTR

GALESTRO ESPRESSO BAR

Galestro Espresso Bar has five exclusive ice cream-based creations available for The #SummerOfIceCream including Sorbetto al Caffè – homemade gelato with freshly brewed coffee, and Croissant Berry Ice Cream – a freshly baked croissant filled with vanilla ice cream and topped with mixed berries. Plus the Croissant Espresso Ice Cream – a freshly baked croissant filled with vanilla ice cream and topped with espresso caramel sauce and last but not least, the Croissant Pistachio Ice Cream, a freshly baked croissant filled with vanilla ice cream and topped with pistachio cream.

Snapshot: Galestro Espresso Bar has five exclusive dishes on the menu for The #SummerOfIceCream. Available from July 4th until August 31st there are limited quantities on some items so get them quick.

Instagram: @galestro.me

Location: Al Murjan Tower, Shop 10, Al Moroor Area, Abu Dhabi


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FOODSHED

Foodshed is offering a selection of special soft serve flavours, which will be rotating on a weekly basis ranging from Cold Brew, Spanish Latte and Chai Karak – plus some plant based offerings especially for The #SummerOfIceCream. There’s also a delicious Affogato, which is vanilla ice cream topped with a shot of the best espresso in the house. And kid’s will love Foodshed’s ‘Decorate Your Own Ice Cream’ activity for The #SummerOfIceCream, which is priced at 25AED and features two scoops of ice cream with different toppings to get creative with.

Snapshot: Foodshed’s softie machine will be churning out exclusive flavours throughout The #SummerOfIceCream including Cold Brew, Spanish Latte and Chai Karak. Kid’s are also invited to decorate their own ice-cream and get creative. Everything is available from July 4th until August 31st at Foodshed.

Instagram: @foodshed.ae

Location: Blooms Garden, Abu Dhabi


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ELYSIUM CAFE & RESTAURANT

Elysium Cafe & Restaurant will be debuting five exclusive ice-creams and one dessert this #SummerOfIceCream. Choose from coconut, pineapple, mango, vanilla or mixed ice-cream plus the Ice Sizzling Cream dessert featuring homemade vanilla ice cream. Plus every week the folks at Elysium will be running a competition with the theme ‘Most Creative Way of Eating Ice Cream’. Guests are invited to create a short video of their creative way of eating ice cream at Elysium this summer and share it on Instagram tagging #SummerOfIceCream #SummerInAbuDhabi #abudhabiculinary @elysiumcafe.ae @abudhabiculinary @thehuntrcom. There are prizes up for grabs!

Snapshot: There are 5 exclusive ice cream flavours at Elysium from July 4th until August 31st plus one special dessert. There’s also a short video competition and prizes up for grabs.

Instagram: @elysiumcafe.ae

Location: 557 Naseem Al Barr Street, Shakhbout City, Abu Dhabi


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DRVN COFFEE

Coffee and car aficionados DRVN Coffee will be launching an exclusive ice cream dessert menu this summer at both of its Abu Dhabi locations for The #SummerOfIceCream. The limited-edition dishes on offer include Sticky Dates Pudding with Saffron Ice Cream, dates and caramel sauce, Vegan Molten Lava Cake with strawberry sorbet, vegan Nutella, and vegan cake, Nutella Crumble with Matcha Ice Cream, Coconut Brioche Toast with Pistachio and Vanilla Ice Cream and the rather decadent Deep Fried Ice Cream, which features 2 types of ice cream, fresh banana, banana sauce, and crushed granola.

Snapshot: DRVN Coffee has an exclusive #SummerOfIceCream menu available from July 5th until August 31st at both branches featuring 5 exclusive dishes.

Instagram: @drvn_coffee

Location: Airport Road, Abu Dhabi and Hudayriat Island, Abu Dhabi


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DRILLED CRAFTED DELIGHTS

Drilled is unveiling five exclusive desserts and drinks for The #SummerOfIceCream including Very Berry Cheesecake with a base of creamy ice cream, graham crackers, cream cheese, frozen raspberries, and topped with raspberry puree, The One With Coffee – tiramisu inspired ice cream with cookies ice cream base, coffee dipped biscuits, mascarpone cheese, topped with whipped cream and cacao powder. The Banana Split Bun Banoffee Pie style bun with creamy ice cream, crispy waffle, fresh bananas, toffee sauce, whipped cream, the Spider Float with chocolate ice cream topped with cold Coca-Cola and last but not least, the Zesty Float with vanilla Ice cream topped with cold orange Fanta. There will also be a ‘Guess The Flavour’ ice cream quiz and a raffle – more details to come.

Snapshot: Drilled is offering an exclusive menu featuring five desserts and drinks for The #SummerOfIceCream. There will also be an ice cream quiz and a raffle (dates to follow soon). Everything is available at Drilled from July 4th until August 31st.

Instagram: @drilled.ae

Location: Al Hidayriat, Abu Dhabi


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CORNER CONE

Gelato connoisseurs Corner Cone have an exclusive menu for The #SummerOfIceCream with a host of creations including ice cream cones, donuts, waffle sticks, and more. Corner Cone’s signature 3D cookie embellished ice cream cones are priced at 30AED and there are five exclusive creations to discover. Plus there is a delicious WAffle Spaghetti (30AED) dessert, complete with icing sugar, a drizzle of chocolate, gelato, and mixed berries. There will also be kid’s ice cream workshops available for pre-bookings (maximum of 4 kids and 1 adult at one time) – the little ones can decorate their own cones and get creative with 3D designs and cookies. Alternatively, there are waffles to decorate plus cotton candy ice cream cups.

Snapshot: Corner Cone will have an exclusive menu featuring many different creations for The #SummerOfIceCream and it will also be offering kid’s ice cream workshops – available for pre-booking via WhatsApp on 056 541 1611.

Instagram: @cornerconeuae

Location: Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi

Your guide to the best things to eat, drink, see and do at The Summer of Ice Cream 2021 with Abu Dhabi Culinary and The HUNTR

Your guide to the best things to eat, drink, see and do at The Summer of Ice Cream 2021 with Abu Dhabi Culinary and The HUNTR

CULTURE CAFE

This summer, Culture Cafe is partnering with Miva Flavor House to celebrate The #SummerOfIceCream. Combining its specialty coffee with Miva’s ice cream to create a limited-edition Affogato available from July 4th until August 31st only, there will also be four exclusive ice cream tasting workshops in partnership with Miva Flavour House running on July 24th and July 25th from 2-5 pm, and Saturday, August 14th at 4-5 pm then again on Saturday 28th of August at 4-5 pm. Places are limited to a maximum of 10 people. To book WhatsApp 050 922 5040.

Snapshot: Culture Cafe has partnered with Miva Flavour House to create a limited-edition Affogato available from July 4th until August 31st plus it is running four special ice cream workshops on July 24th and July 25th from 2-5pm. Then again on Saturday, August 14th at 4-5 pm and Saturday 28th of August at 4-5 pm.

Instagram: @culturecafe.ad

Location: Abu Dhabi Youth Hub, Abu Dhabi


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CAFE RENARD

To celebrate The #SummerOfIceCream the quaint Cafe Renard is debuting two exclusive creations – the Double Baked Chocolate Cake with Ice Cream (40AED) and Soft Serve Ice Cream with three different flavours – chocolate, salted caramel and a mix of both flavours. What’s more if you’re feeling up to it, you can pour your own soft serve as the machine will be taking centre stage at Cafe Renard this summer.

Snapshot: There are two exclusive creations available at Cafe Renard for The #SummerOfIceCream including one dessert and soft serve ice-cream in three different flavours – you can even pour your own with Renard’s special machine. Available July 4th until August 31st.

Instagram: @caferenard

Location: Al Rawnaq Street, Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi


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NO. FIFTYSEVEN BOUTIQUE CAFE

The ladies at No.FiftySeven Boutique Cafe are offering an exclusive ice cream dish for The #SummerOfIceCream from July 4th until August 31st and doesn’t it (see below) look delicious? Featuring mini brioche doughnuts with vanilla ice cream with 3 different fillings (raspberry, chocolate, crème brûlée) and 4 different toppings (biscuit crumble, salted popcorn, peanut and pretzel brittle, raspberry meringue) for 68AED. Kid’s can also decorate their own brioche doughnuts with their preferred toppings, fillings and ice creams flavours – with activated charcoal, cereal milk and cake batter ice cream available for a limited time.

Snapshot: No. FiftySeven Boutique Cafe has an exclusive dish available from July 4th until August 31st for The #SummerOfIceCream and also invites the little ones to decorate their own brioche doughnuts with their own unique toppings, fillings and ice cream flavours all summer.

Instagram: @no57cafe

Location: Building Two, Al Marasy, Al Bateen Harbour, Abu Dhabi


Your guide to the best things to eat, drink, see and do at The Summer of Ice Cream 2021 with Abu Dhabi Culinary and The HUNTR

APTITUDE

Starting July 4th until August 31st, Aptitude’s Al Nahyan branch will be offering two exclusive dishes for The #SummerOfIceCream – A peach soft serve, which is served with a fresh peach slice and a cereal flavoured vanilla ice cream served with small bites of fried croissant dough. Both dishes are priced at 25AED each.

Snapshot: Aptitude is offering two exclusive soft serve creations for The #SummerOfIceCream available at its Al Nahyan branch only from July 4th until August 31st.

Instagram: @aptitude.ae

Location: Delma Street, Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi


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AMORINO

Gelato makes Amorino will be launching their involvement in The #SummerOfIceCream with a unique Pistachio Affogato from July 4th until July 14th and then on July 14th it will launch an exclusive gelato flavour being flown in from France to celebrate The #SummerOfIceCream – a Jasmine gelato, which will be available to pair with cones, pots and milkshakes.

Snapshot: Amorino is offering Pistachio Affogato from July 4-14th and an exclusive Jasmine gelato from July 14-August 31st for The #SummerOfIceCream at its kiosk in Abu Dhabi Mall.

Instagram: @amorinouae

Location: Level 1, Abu Dhabi Mall, Abu Dhabi

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Breaking: The HUNTR partners with DCT and Abu Dhabi Culinary to launch The Summer Of Ice Cream https://thehuntr.com/mag/summeroficecream-abu-dhabi-announcement/ Wed, 30 Jun 2021 07:54:13 +0000 https://thehuntr.com/mag/?p=11511 Here at The HUNTR we are delighted to reveal that we are joining forces with the Department of Culture and Tourism at the Government of Abu Dhabi for a second time, this time to join the Abu Dhabi Culinary initiative to launch #TheSummerOfIceCream. Set to kickstart on Sunday the 4th of July and run through […]

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Here at The HUNTR we are delighted to reveal that we are joining forces with the Department of Culture and Tourism at the Government of Abu Dhabi for a second time, this time to join the Abu Dhabi Culinary initiative to launch #TheSummerOfIceCream.

Set to kickstart on Sunday the 4th of July and run through until August 31st, #TheSummerOfIceCream will bring a host of cooler than cool activities and experiences to the UAE capital this summer. The HUNTR has been specially tasked with curating a series of limited-edition activations within Abu Dhabi’s best cafes, restaurants, and homegrown concepts. We are excited to reveal a roster of opportunities that will be delight all ice cream fans, with over 40 participating brands, 181 exclusive dishes and tasting menus, plus unique experiences for the whole family to enjoy.

Breaking: The HUNTR partners with DCT and Abu Dhabi Culinary to launch The Summer Of Ice Cream

Alongside this series, #TheSummerOfIceCream will also see a larger-than-life, social-media-friendly installation popping up at Yas Mall from the 9th of July, hosting some international ice cream icons flown in especially for the occasion, alongside some regional favourites from Dubai. There is also a World Record Breaking attempt, and other surprises to check out.

Keen to know more? Tomorrow, on Thursday 1st July, your friends at The HUNTR will be publishing an exclusive guide to the best things to eat, drink, see and do at #TheSummerOfIceCream 2021… Stay tuned.

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Philanthropic Earth Water launches in the UAE https://thehuntr.com/mag/earth-water-uae/ Tue, 20 Apr 2021 04:06:13 +0000 https://thehuntr.com/mag/?p=11431 From the Netherlands to the UAE, Earth Water donates 100% of its net profits to charitable water projects to provide clean drinking water to those who need it, all around the globe. With the tag line #YoullNeverDrinkAlone, Earth Water is now available to order online with delivery throughout the UAE. The natural mineral water has […]

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From the Netherlands to the UAE, Earth Water donates 100% of its net profits to charitable water projects to provide clean drinking water to those who need it, all around the globe.

With the tag line #YoullNeverDrinkAlone, Earth Water is now available to order online with delivery throughout the UAE. The natural mineral water has been treated with oxidation with air-enriched ozone and is bottled at the mineral water source – Anl’eau Te Annen in the Netherlands. Cases are priced at 77AED for 12 bottles and 100% of the net profits go directly to hydrating someone who needs clean water.

Philanthropic Earth Water launches in the UAE

The glass bottles are recyclable, and the water has a clean, smooth taste. We love to support admirable philanthropic projects such as these and hope you will join us and do the same – order your case of Earth Water here.

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Must-visit: Proudly From Dubai and Brand Dubai open a homegrown food market in DWTC One Central https://thehuntr.com/mag/proudly-from-dubai-market-one-central/ Wed, 03 Feb 2021 07:08:39 +0000 https://thehuntr.com/mag/?p=11297 Our friends over at Brand Dubai – the creative arm of the Government of Dubai Media Office – and their initiative ‘Proudly From Dubai’ have opened up a pop-up homegrown food market in DWTC One Central. Take a closer look with The HUNTR now… Running until February 25th, 2021 and open weekdays from 8 am […]

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Our friends over at Brand Dubai – the creative arm of the Government of Dubai Media Office – and their initiative ‘Proudly From Dubai’ have opened up a pop-up homegrown food market in DWTC One Central. Take a closer look with The HUNTR now…

Must-visit: Proudly From Dubai and Brand Dubai open a homegrown food market in DWTC One Central
Must-visit: Proudly From Dubai and Brand Dubai open a homegrown food market in DWTC One Central

Running until February 25th, 2021 and open weekdays from 8 am until 8 pm, this unique pop-up is a must-visit for all foodies who love to support local. Featuring nine ‘Proudly From Dubai’ businesses, visitors will have the opportunity to explore Lost Bread a unique French Toast concept with some creative drinks to boot, dessert brand Semi Sweet, burger-makers 25′ 55′, artisanal meat smokers The Mattar Farm, fried chicken from Uncle Deek, eggs and burgers by Simple, the unofficial national drink by Karak Inc (with a couple of Karak-infused food items too), Italian and pasta by Coppasta, and specialty coffee care of Tres Marias.

Must-visit: Proudly From Dubai and Brand Dubai open a homegrown food market in DWTC One Central
Must-visit: Proudly From Dubai and Brand Dubai open a homegrown food market in DWTC One Central
Must-visit: Proudly From Dubai and Brand Dubai open a homegrown food market in DWTC One Central

There’s something for everyone and the weather is perfect right now for a little outside food touring and eating… don’t you agree? See you there.

Location: Outdoor Plaza next to One Central Building 5, Dubai World Trade Centre, Dubai, UAE

Timings: Weekdays only, 8 am until 8 pm

Dates: Running now until February 25th

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Sunday Goodies: A London-based micro-bakery in Dubai until the end of February https://thehuntr.com/mag/sunday-goodies-cookies/ Sun, 31 Jan 2021 05:25:35 +0000 https://thehuntr.com/mag/?p=11285 Say hello to Sunday Goodies. A cookie-specialist micro-bakery from London – in Dubai until the end of February 2021… Founded by Micaela Philippo (who has spent the past 10 years working as a brand strategist and consultant in the UK hospitality industry) Sunday Goodies cookies are no ordinary cookies. These are chewy and gooey and made […]

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Say hello to Sunday Goodies. A cookie-specialist micro-bakery from London – in Dubai until the end of February 2021…

Founded by Micaela Philippo (who has spent the past 10 years working as a brand strategist and consultant in the UK hospitality industry) Sunday Goodies cookies are no ordinary cookies. These are chewy and gooey and made with the finest ingredients. Micaela brought organic, wholegrain flours over from the UK (by Shipton Mill) only uses the best Valrhona chocolate and sources her eggs from the organic farmer’s market in Business Bay.

Sunday Goodies: A London-based micro-bakery in Dubai until the end of February
Sunday Goodies: A London-based micro-bakery in Dubai until the end of February
Sunday Goodies: A London-based micro-bakery in Dubai until the end of February

The signature Sunday Goodies menu includes brown butter, muscovado, 66% dark chocolate, salted peanut butter, honey & white chocolate, and tahini, 70% dark chocolate & rye. Plus every week there is an exclusive cookie inspired by the ingredients native to this region (when The HUNTR received our order it was a Medjool date, 46% milk chocolate, and kamut creation).

The cookies are limited. The menu is posted on the Sunday Goodies Instagram account at 9 am on Monday mornings and orders are taken until the goodies are gone.

Sunday Goodies: A London-based micro-bakery in Dubai until the end of February

Micaela told The HUNTR: “Over the past year I have really worked on the recipes to get to something I believe is perfect. The chocolate chip cookie is an incredible medium to work with as there are often so few ingredients. I was curious to find out what would happen if I just used the best ingredients I could find. The flours I use are really important as they make such an impact on flavour and texture. Kamut flour – an ancient grain that originated in Northern Iran, has a super nutty and buttery flavour and a soft yellow colour. Rye stands up really well to rich flavours and dark chocolates. Buckwheat (coming soon) is not only a great option for gluten free but it is full of earthy flavours.”

Sunday Goodies: A London-based micro-bakery in Dubai until the end of February

The cookies are baked fresh and placed in the box warm. They are priced at 100AED for a box of 6, and 180AED for a box of 12 with Dubai delivery priced at 20AED. Pick up is also available.

Cookie fans trust us – you’ve got to try these Sunday Goodies…

Sunday Goodies: A London-based micro-bakery in Dubai until the end of February

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Take a look at the amazing pink lake that’s been discovered in the UAE https://thehuntr.com/mag/pink-lake-rak-uae/ Wed, 20 Jan 2021 08:13:06 +0000 https://thehuntr.com/mag/?p=11243 Take a look at the remarkable pink lake that's been discovered off the coast in RAK...

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On Sunday morning medical Emirati student Ammar Al Farsi drove from Sharjah to Ras Al Khaimah after a friend told him about a secret wonder hiding there…

Armed with his drone, Ammar told The HUNTR he was “amazed by the place” and had “never seen something like this before” –  a picture-perfect pink lake. He shared his photos across social media, which quickly went viral – “I didn’t know that the photos would go viral or I would have taken a lot more photos!”

Take a look at the amazing pink lake that's been discovered in the UAE
Take a look at the amazing pink lake that's been discovered in the UAE

Lakes are often pink coloured because of the presence of algae that produces carotenoids, such as Dunaliella Salina. The authorities will likely test the water to determine what is causing its brilliant pink hue.

To visit yourself, head here.

Take a look at the amazing pink lake that's been discovered in the UAE
Take a look at the amazing pink lake that's been discovered in the UAE
Take a look at the amazing pink lake that's been discovered in the UAE

Photos take by Ammar Al Farsi and used on TheHUNTR.com with permission

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Step inside the Hermès Carré Club in Dubai with The HUNTR https://thehuntr.com/mag/hermes-carre-club-dubai/ Sun, 17 Jan 2021 03:29:34 +0000 https://thehuntr.com/mag/?p=11207 Take a look inside Hermès' riveting Carré Club pop-up at Alserkal Avenue (running until Jan 20) with The HUNTR...

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Running until January 20th, the Hermès Carré Club has popped up at Alserkal Avenue in Dubai. Join your friends The HUNTR as we present the inside scoop…

Open at Concrete in Alserkal Avenue from January 15th until 20th inclusive, the Hermès Carré Club Dubai encompasses a riveting series of things to see, do, eat, drink, listen to and even dance with. First, there’s the focal part of the limited-time pop-up – the Carré Studio complete with Hermès’ talented artists working in real-time, then there’s the Carré Stories exhibition where “the (Hermès) scarf has many tales to tell” plus Carré Knot, where “collectors, enthusiasts and the simply curious can learn the art of scarf knotting.” Alongside a covetable Carré Café with live music and stimulating conversations on design and the Carré Park – where visitors can watch skateboarders zip up and down the Hermès skate ramp. Lastly, “Carré OK invites visitors to sing along to some well-known tunes and Carré Click captures the moment for posterity.”

There’s a different schedule running every day and the event is free to attend but prior registration is necessary – do that online here – and take a look at what to expect via The HUNTR’s exclusive picture gallery below…

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The People of The UAE – hello 2021: Discover the stories of 5 people living and working in the UAE https://thehuntr.com/mag/the-people-of-the-uae-10/ Wed, 13 Jan 2021 11:02:00 +0000 https://thehuntr.com/mag/?p=11166 We are delighted to return with another edition of The People of The UAE – The HUNTR’s exclusive storytelling series, which aims to spotlight the various cultures and people residing in this beautiful country we call home. After a seriously strange, life-altering year in 2020, The HUNTR’s contributing editor Zeashan finds out how five people […]

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We are delighted to return with another edition of The People of The UAE – The HUNTR’s exclusive storytelling series, which aims to spotlight the various cultures and people residing in this beautiful country we call home.

The People of The UAE – hello 2021: Discover the stories of 5 people living and working in the UAE

After a seriously strange, life-altering year in 2020, The HUNTR’s contributing editor Zeashan finds out how five people living and working in the UAE have coped. Joyfully, we find a heap of positivity and enthusiasm for 2021, some silver linings from 2020 – plus some great recommendations of these folks’ secret gems and favourite places. So get yourself cosy and dive straight in…


The People of The UAE – hello 2021: Discover the stories of 5 people living and working in the UAE

Najla Al Ansari

Emirati, @najlaalansari

“Wake up every day with a great smile. Once you control your mindset, everything else follows…”

Can you introduce yourself to our readers? What do you do here and what is one thing we should know about you?

I’m from Sharjah but most importantly – I am a citizen of the world. I founded NOT A SPACE in Sharjah where we create unique experiences for people. Here in Sharjah, we house a barbershop, a parlor, hospitality, and a specialty coffee shop. We also have events that we like to activate throughout the year.

What about your work makes you most proud?

One of the many things we do here is creating experiences for people. It’s all about listening to people and what they want. (And as we’re still in the pandemic) A lot of people wanted to disconnect and reconnect. So I’ve brought NOT A SPACE to the desert, it’s an unexplored beautiful gem that’s located in Sharjah. One of the mountains behind us is called Al Faya where we’re going to be all winter. What my team and I love to do is to create experiences for the community so they can relate, interact, and engage with us – but also to connect with other people. One thing that I always make sure to do is to connect friends and let their stories be shared with the rest of our communities.

NOT A SPACE was actually a dream realized after effortless nights talking to different people and learning how they also wanted something different. I’m an ex-government employee (one of the biggest projects I did was the Sharjah Entrepreneurship Festival) and after leaving, I decided I wanted to do something more creative at a level where I had my freedom, pace, and fun while also making it very true to an authentic experience for people to be part of.

Can you share your secret gems with us. They can be nostalgic or new, open or closed – restaurants and cafes, galleries and salons, outdoor spots, beaches – whatever makes your heart sing...

The mountains in Sharjah. These are the places where I can call everyone to come, visit, and explore the different gems here. Whether it’s hiking, biking, or even paragliding – there are different things to do over here. Right behind our NOT A SPACE Pop-Up is the Al Faya Lodge. It’s a one-of-its-kind boutique hotel that has its own pool and great views of the sunset.

One of the reasons we set up our pop-up here for the winter is that moon and the sun is on opposite sides. You get the full experience of a great view with the camels walking slowly behind us.

There’s a lot of other secret gems in Sharjah. I love exploring – whether it’s by road or hiking in the mountains, there’s something for everyone. We’ve got an area called Muweilah (where the flagship NOT A SPACE outlets are located) which I like to call ‘M-Town’. It has a lot of home grown businesses that cater to the community – whether it’s a specialty coffee shop or restaurant. One of my favourites is Paper Fig. They offer such tasty and clean food that I recommend everyone to try out.

What are your hopes for the new year? What are you most excited about doing?

My hope is to keep going and find the next best spots in the city where NOT A SPACE can setup. It will be another secret gem – whether it’s on the beach maybe, or in the desert, or maybe in space. Our hopes are very high and we will continue doing what the community wants – as we answer their questions of “what’s next?”

Do you have a message for everyone that you’d like to share?

Wake up every day with a great smile. Once you control your mindset, everything else follows. You get to signal to the rest of your body that anything is possible. If you put the right mind-set to something, everything is possible. We just proved to everyone that you can create a positive space even out here in the desert in the middle of nowhere and have our local communities get together and share positive vibes and have fun.

Walk us through your perfect day

A typical day is to have great music early in the morning, meet people, and learning their stories. I am looking to connect with others or give someone a platform to share. I love connecting with people and traveling around. But most importantly, is coffee coffee coffee. It keeps me refueled and helps me keep going.


The People of The UAE – hello 2021: Discover the stories of 5 people living and working in the UAE

Ramie Murray

Scottish, @dibbabay

“…We always come back stronger. That’s what I’d like to remind everybody.”

Can you introduce yourself to our readers? What do you do here and what is one thing we should know about you?

I’m the Founder and CEO of East Coast Shellfish, which is the produce of Dibba Bay Oysters. I’m Scottish but I grew up in Dubai, spent most of my life here. I’m an oyster farmer.

What about your work makes you most proud?

The thing I love about oyster farming is the satisfaction of growing something that people use to celebrate moments and treat themselves. It’s really a great feeling to grow something, which people eat and enjoy. I got into oyster farming not entirely deliberately. I got into it by starting a lobster farm in Oman, actually. We were trialing different species and didn’t expect a lot when we did the trial with oysters, because they aren’t traditionally farmed in this part of the world. It was a fantastic success and we realized we were onto something. It just kind of grew from there.

Can you share your secret gems with us? They can be nostalgic or new, open or closed – restaurants and cafes, galleries and salons, outdoor spots, beaches – whatever makes your heart sing...

There was a fish restaurant in a porta-cabin, just up the coast from Dibba Bay, that I always loved. I used to love going there. They would just have these plastic seats outside. It was all about fresh looking fish, just simply prepared really well. What I wanted to do was create something similar to my local oyster brand. So this is what we’ve done here – we’ve created our own local gem. We’ve got these locally grown oysters, this converted shipping container (that houses the Dibba Bay Oyster Shack in Dubai), we’re right in on the water in the fishing port in Umm Suqeim. I really hope people treat this as the new local gem they can come down to.

When I have visitors in the country, other than bringing them to our oyster farm across in Dibba, I adore taking them out to the water in Dubai. I’m a big sailor. I love getting out on the powerboat and just love getting out on the water. It gives you such a different perspective when you’re out on the water looking back at this amazing city. The Dubai skyline, the Palm, the World Islands – it’s just wonderful to look at from the water.

What are your hopes for the new year? What are you most excited about doing?

The positives coming out of last year was that we were able to refocus our business and started focusing on direct-to-consumer services. So we doubled-down and opened up the Dibba Bay shop in the middle of the pandemic because we felt there was a real opportunity here with home deliveries. People weren’t going to stop eating oysters or other things they liked. We believed in the city and its market. Opening during the pandemic was wonderful for us and we got great support. We’ve also recalibrated our business a little. We’re focused on retail which is quite different from before when all our focus on the hotels. Yes, Covid hit us but we’re coming out stronger.

With this new year, I just turned 40 on the first of Jan so I’m dealing with that. We’ve opened a second retail unit at The Pointe on the Palm and we’re expanding our farm in Fujairah so we’re ramping up production and starting exports, so that’s lots to look forward to in 2021. On a personal note, I’m looking forward to getting a vaccine and traveling again. I’m looking forward to traveling around the world, introducing the world to Dibba Bay Oysters.

Do you have a message for everyone that you’d like to share?

I grew up in Dubai. I’ve been here quite a long time. This city always bounces back stronger – that would be my message. We always come back stronger. That’s what I’d like to remind everybody.

Walk us through your perfect day

My ideal day is actually most of my days. I’m quite lucky with the job that I have. I live in Dubai with my family but the farm we have is across in Dibba in Fujairah, which is such a beautiful part of the country. So quite often, maybe 2-3 times a week, I get up early in the morning and drive across to Dibba. I get out on the boat and check out the oyster bed, I check in with everybody over there, and then I come back to Dubai where I check in on our commercial office, I come down to the port to check on our shop. Then I might go and meet some chefs in restaurants around town. It’s a really varied day which I adore.


The People of The UAE – hello 2021: Discover the stories of 5 people living and working in the UAE

Monique Belle

British, @monbelle

“One of the things I love about Dubai is how it’s so rich in culture in terms of the kinds of people who come through…”

Can you introduce yourself to our readers? What do you do here and what is one thing we should know about you?

My friends call me Monbelle. I’ve been in Dubai for about 11 years. I run and own an entertainment company called Those Guys Events. Basically what we do is we provide entertainment to a number of incredible venues around the city. Our selection is across a variety of music, from DJs and live performers. I’ve been running Those Guys for about 6 years now. When I came out to Dubai, I started working with a large hotel brand and from there I kind of moved around the event industry and saw it from different angles and perspectives – from event training through to actual event management, and then entertainment management and then to the creation of event brands and marketing. I came out on the other side realizing that I needed to do this for myself so I took my little black book and laptop and set up Those Guys. It’s the best thing I’ve done, to be honest.

What about your work makes you most proud?

I love what I do. I love being able to bring people together, especially in a city that’s such a big melting point with different people and cultures. I love being able to provide safe spaces for people to party and be themselves – this is something I’m really proud of. At the moment, we’re working with a great venue called The Bungalow which is down at La Mer next to the waterpark. We head up all of the venue’s entertainment throughout the week and then on Fridays we have a special event that we run under Those Guys called Evry Frday, which is just a really nice weekend party. We have some incredible DJs, who we’ve worked with before – we’ve got Parvané who’s an incredible DJ, Capitano GB who covers everything from R&B to hip-hop to afrobeats to UK hip-hop and grime. We have Megatronic, who is an incredible artist in her own right and has travelled the world and played stages as big as Glastonbury. We also have 1TakeNnandos who is a Dubai-based DJ and great selector. This makes up our little Friday family down at the Bungalow.

Can you share your secret gems with us? They can be nostalgic or new, open or closed – restaurants and cafes, galleries and salons, outdoor spots, beaches – whatever makes your heart sing...

One of the things I love about Dubai is how it’s so rich in culture in terms of the kinds of people who come through (whether it’s short or long term), the kind of people you get to meet, your Dubai family who you get to pick and choose (which is great.)

Also, being in a city that is just always changing, growing, and evolving – a lot of new things just come up.

There’s quite a few places that I like to get lost in. I like the old side of Dubai, on the other side of Maktoum Bridge. When you go down to places in Bur Dubai and Deira, you find a lot of history down there. From the souks and spice stalls to the dhow cruises that take you around the creek.

A little guilty pleasure of mine is that I like to create suits and shirts for myself, so being able to go to that side of town and check out all the different tailors and fabrics or just things I wouldn’t normally get in Jumeirah or Satwa for example, it’s like a little adventure for me. That coupled with some of the more authentic restaurants there, it’s definitely worth spending a long afternoon and evening down there.

In terms of places that are “newer” (I call them the newer side of Dubai – the Marina-JLT-JBR-side), there’s a great little coffee and workspace in JLT named House of Monte Cristo (in MAG 214, Cluster R). It’s a really great space. It has good coffee, it’s quiet, their music selection is really good and they’re looking to bring some artists down and do some activations soon. It’s a nice new business that’s come up. That’s one of the things I love about being here. Dubai is a place that nurtures small and medium businesses. As a business owner myself, being able to support your friends and other small businesses is something I’m really passionate about.

What are your hopes for the new year? What are you most excited about doing?

2020 was a trip, for sure. It was hard, I’m not going to lie. There was a good chunk of time where events completely shut down. I took that time to regroup and sleep. Whilst it was difficult, it was also really beneficial for me to take stock of what I’ve done.

2021 is definitely set up to be a fantastic year – a much better year than what I had planned for 2020! We’re going into this new year with brand new events and a lot of new venues have partnered with us, so we’re looking to run a few different parties in the city. This is great because it opens up to a lot of talent in Dubai. There’s a lot of live musicians and incredible DJs that I’ve been wanting to work with for a while. So with being able to have these spots across different venues – The Bungalow down at La Mer, some stuff in Business Bay, and JBR, we are able to reach out to a lot more diverse talent.

Do you have a message for everyone that you’d like to share?

It’s the same thing that I say to myself – I feel like last year, yes it was hectic, but I would like to think that we’re able to focus a lot more on our self-care and our mental wellbeing. We were able to really understand what is actually important to us. Sure, we all need money to put electricity through our houses, food on our table, and biscuits in our dogs’ bowl, but it’s important for us to really truly have that work-life balance which is something that I massively struggled with before the pandemic came in. I’ll be honest, it’s something that I’m worried about losing going into 2021 and beyond. I feel like we need to make ourselves our primary focus before anything else and just make sure we’re taking care of ourselves, and without sounding too 90s Jerry Springer – each other as well!

Walk us through your perfect day

I wake up around 9-ish or 10, depending on what the previous night was in terms of work. Obviously, with the events, they run late into the evening and I can often be up quite late just getting a few things done with emails and things like that. I normally head out for breakfast maybe down at either Nightjar which is in Alserkal Avenue, or perhaps Amongst Few – I like their breakfast offerings. Then I’ll probably be out for a few meetings or I might decide to stay there for pretty much the whole day and get some work done, even though I do my little home sanctuary, it’s nice to get a bit of a change of scenery and I’ll get to just be a little bit more focused and my dog, Ms. Ziggy, won’t necessarily distract me with cuddles during the day.


The People of The UAE – hello 2021: Discover the stories of 5 people living and working in the UAE

Salem Faisal Al-Qassimi

Emirati, @salqass

“…I think with all the social media and crazy amount of artificial connectivity, we need to rethink our priorities and do what we want to do, and try to focus on what really is important for us….”

Can you introduce yourself to our readers? What do you do here and what is one thing we should know about you?

I am a graphic designer and the Founder and Principal of Fikra. I am an educator and currently teach at New York University, Abu Dhabi. I am currently teaching photography but I also teach design. I am from the UAE. I was born and raised in Sharjah, I lived and worked abroad for a few years and came back.

What about your work makes you most proud?

The impact of the work we do at Fikra is extremely rewarding. I really like and enjoy seeing progress in other people in their businesses and their education.

Fikra is a group of different things. It started off as a graphic design studio in 2006 and it started because there weren’t a lot of experimental and research-driven design studios, let alone a design studio that specialized in Arabic and bilingual graphic design, which we eventually became known for. In 2017, we opened up Fikra Campus, which is a co-working space, a café, a design/art library, a gallery space, and a rooftop. We also have year-long educational programs and three-month designer residency programs. In 2018, we also launched the first graphic design biennial in the region – the Fikra Graphic Design Biennial.

Can you share your secret gems with us? They can be nostalgic or new, open or closed – restaurants and cafes, galleries and salons, outdoor spots, beaches – whatever makes your heart sing...

The spaces I’m really interested in fall in two different extremes – they are the spaces that are calm (basically the desert, I really like the desert) or a very busy side of the city. I like the spaces that make you forget where you are. Sometimes the desert does that, sometimes a specific restaurant or café does that. It’s usually not because of the way it looks, but the way it made you feel.

There’s a neighborhood called Maysaloon in Sharjah where there’s a specific restaurant – Special Kabab Ahmed Ali, it’s a great place. Not a lot of people know it.

There’s also Sadaf Restaurant, I love Sadaf. I go there specifically for their falooda. It’s amazing. It’s probably one of the nicest things for me, I don’t know why but I absolutely love it.

Also at Fikra, we discovered a falafel place nearby called Filfila. It’s a great falafel place.

There are other places that I think are amazing which people must visit – the newly opened Flying Saucer in Sharjah (and in general, anything of the Sharjah Art Foundation spaces, Al Hamriya, the Rain Room, etc.)

I also think Khor Fakkhan is a great spot to visit especially now with the weather being so good and post-Covid lockdown. I think people have been trying to escape where they’ve been working and a lot of people have been going to Khor Fakkhan – it is a beautiful place with great scenery. People go hiking there too.

I also love running by the University City. There are a lot of good running tracks there – I run in that area a lot.

What are your hopes for the new year? What are you most excited about doing?

One thing that happened in 2020 was we finally decided to open our publishing department at Fikra and published one book already and we’re hoping to publish a few more books in the coming months. We’ve wanted to publish some books in the past but couldn’t do them for various reasons, and now we’re looking forward to publishing them.

I really do believe in allowing processes to dictate where the future will take us. We do not know what 2021 will bring, but we are sure that a lot of things will come up, we need to be flexible and be able to evolve as fast, and probably even faster than our environment. At Fikra, we have a set strategy that we’re driving towards, however, we are flexible enough to allow the process to lead us there. For this year in particular, it is our 15th year anniversary. We have a few things happening that we are hoping to announce soon, and are also trying to see if we can have the biennial this year, since it was postponed in 2020. There are a few other things we’re working on which, in’sha’Allah, will be announced soon.

Do you have a message for everyone that you’d like to share?

The past year made me realize how dependent we are becoming on social media. I see how we do things with social media and it’s always on my mind (whether it is business or personal), therefore I decided to slow down and cut down my dependence on it. I did not disconnect completely, but I use it in moderation. And most importantly, I try to not use it as the medium to stay in touch with people. I try to call them up instead or meet up with them if we can physically, otherwise see them on Zoom.

I feel like a lot of people have been posting because they felt like they needed to be posting something. I’ve felt that way as well.

Also, this year made me question the things that I am doing — it helped me shift my priorities and reflect properly. I even questioned my career path, and whether I wanted to do design for the rest of my life or not (the answer is yes, I do, so far…) But really, I think with all the social media and crazy amount of artificial connectivity, we need to rethink our priorities and do what we want to do, and try to focus on what really is important for us. If there is something that we would really like to do, then we should not waste time and really go for it and work towards it.

Walk us through your perfect day

I generally wake up at around 4-6.30 am depending on the day. There’s little distraction so I use this time to catch up on emails, things I was not able to finish, or use the time to work on new ideas and projects, etc.

For me, breakfast is really important — like, extremely important. If I don’t have breakfast, my entire day is ruined. It’s a very important ritual at 7 am with my own coffee and most probably oatmeal.

Recently I got a puppy so I walk her in the morning at around 7.30am and then I start work at around 9 am — if I’m teaching that day I prepare or do school work. I generally tend to work until 5 or 6 pm after which I exercise (recently I’ve been going to the gum during lunch break and I am finding it much better). If I run, I’ll only run in the evening or super early morning. Later on, I’ll either watch TV or read a book and fall asleep at around 10-11.30pm.


The People of The UAE – hello 2021: Discover the stories of 5 people living and working in the UAE

Didi Browne

British, @iamdidibrowne

“Positivity going out into the world does come back to you…Things always get better…”

Can you introduce yourself to our readers? What do you do here and what is one thing we should know about you?

Name’s Didi Browne. I was born and raised in London, UK and I’ve lived in Dubai now for almost 4 years. It’s home now, I love it here. By profession, I’m a corporate consultant and I was headhunted to come out and do some work with a large firm in Dubai. I remember, I landed here the day before Ramadan started and I fell in love with Dubai immediately. So I decided to stay here, bring my businesses here, live, and enjoy the lifestyle in Dubai. My businesses cover four main areas – the first one is food and beverages. We own two commercial kitchens in the JLT area and we work with brands to help their meal plans, preparations, and online deliveries on this side of the town. I also do events. We’ve run a few event nights around town where we’ve brought some international artists to perform. I also ran a burger brand with a close friend of mine, Monique, called Oh Brgr which was the UAE’s first Caribbean inspired burger joint.

What about your work makes you most proud?

I dabble in a lot of different things… I suppose you might call me an entrepreneur.

Can you share your secret gems with us? They can be nostalgic or new, open or closed – restaurants and cafes, galleries and salons, outdoor spots, beaches – whatever makes your heart sing...

I’m very into culture, especially as I’ve decided to make this my home. So I like to find the people who live here – the locals who were raised here. I love to go to places where I can get a real artisan feel of Dubai and the people in it. I love visiting Alserkal Avenue – some of my favourite places in it are Nightjar Coffee, which is amazing, I love the coffee, I love the people in it, the owner is a really great guy. I’m a bit of a sneakerhead so tend to buy all my sneakers from The Good Life, I love them.

I also like to go to the other side of town. When I first arrived here, I intentionally got myself lost in Deira just so I could walk around and know the backstreets and visit the little cafés. Everyone should know of Arabian Tea House, which is a beautiful place with really good food and a really authentic feel.

Another place I like to visit is The Kana Café in Business Bay (there’s a few of them but the one in Business Bay is my favourite). I shouldn’t recommend Shisha, it’s bad for you – but, I love to go down there.

On the other side of things, I do like pool and beach days. My favourite beach is Kite Beach and my current favourite pool day spot is Train Beach which is in La Mer. If you haven’t been, do go there. It’s an amazing spot. You can work out in the morning, they have great healthy food as well. They also have a lovely scenic pool and beach area as well.

What are your hopes for the new year? What are you most excited about doing?

Well, it’s a whole new year. Who knows what’s going to come. In Dubai, events are now opening up again. There are so many artists who haven’t worked in the last 9 months who are looking to get back into the events space. I’m looking forward to bringing live music back to Dubai and helping local artists. Even international artists – to bring them here and give them a platform to showcase their talent. I also have an acai bar and coffee shop that’s opened up called House of Monte Cristo. Do come through to check out some really healthy fully vegan acai bowls. You can also see some local artists’ work displayed on curation, which you can even pick up if you want to support some local artists.

Do you have a message for everyone that you’d like to share?

This is going to sound really metaphysical but I truly believe in the power of frequency and the power of energy. Positivity going out into the world does come back to you. Now, it’s impossible to be positive all the time. You can allow yourself to be down but remember that change is constant. No matter what you’re feeling today, that will change tomorrow. Things always get better. Things get worse but they’ll get better again. So be grateful, be happy, and say “I love you” to the people around you. It’s very important.

Walk us through your perfect day

There’s a bunch of different things I do here. I’m really into fitness and into healthy eating. First thing in the morning when I wake up, I like to have a little breakfast, go to the gym, and do a little workout. But one of the main things that I’ve been doing, and this especially came out during the Covid lockdown, is walking. I love walking. I can’t stress enough how important walking is. I happen to live in the Marina so I’m lucky enough to have a view to walk around every day. 

I’m a big fan of art, culture, and music. There are so many great local, homegrown artists in the UAE. You have people like Hamdan Al Abri – a great Emirati performer, Layla Kardan, there are too many to name. That’s essentially what I do with my free time. If there’s a local artist playing somewhere, I just go and support. You can’t show enough support for the local artists. If there’s any gig, you’ll find me there.


Photography and interviews by Zeashan Ashraf exclusively for The Huntr

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Must-visit: The NOT A SPACE Al Faya pop-up is all kinds of beautiful https://thehuntr.com/mag/not-a-space-al-faya-pop-up-sharjah/ Fri, 01 Jan 2021 09:32:10 +0000 https://thehuntr.com/mag/?p=11139 This spot needs to be added to your winter hitlist. Join The HUNTR’s contributing editor Zeashan as he chats to the NOT A SPACE founder Najla Al Ansari and shows us a gorgeous glimpse inside the new Al Faya pop-up… Najla Al Ansari is the face behind NOT A SPACE, one of Sharjah’s most exciting […]

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This spot needs to be added to your winter hitlist. Join The HUNTR’s contributing editor Zeashan as he chats to the NOT A SPACE founder Najla Al Ansari and shows us a gorgeous glimpse inside the new Al Faya pop-up…

Najla Al Ansari is the face behind NOT A SPACE, one of Sharjah’s most exciting initiatives. An entrepreneur juggling multiple projects and businesses simultaneously, Najla is in pursuit of different ways to create exciting experiences for the community. Her team of community builders creates unconventional spaces out of its primary location in Muweilah, Sharjah, which houses a cafe and community space, barbershop, and parlour.

During the 2020/21 winter months, NOT A SPACE has also taken over a spot in Al Faya (near Mleiha) in Sharjah, where the team has built a beautiful campsite-esque pop-up that is now open daily from 6 am to 2 am until the end of March 2021.

Must-visit: The NOT A SPACE Al Faya pop-up is all kinds of beautiful
Must-visit: The NOT A SPACE Al Faya pop-up is all kinds of beautiful

Should you plan on making the road trip, Najla recommends arriving just before 4 pm so you can catch some of the daylight before the sun starts to set. 6 am for the sunrise is equally as beautiful. But as the evening light falls, the place really comes alive with families and friends occupying the bean bags and tables – ready for the performances to begin. Throughout the season, the NOT A SPACE team is offering a series of musical and dance performances from local artists. The night The HUNTR visited we saw a riveting fire performance, followed by a DJ session and an acoustic covers jam, ending with a blissful oud performance late into the night.

Must-visit: The NOT A SPACE Al Faya pop-up is all kinds of beautiful
Must-visit: The NOT A SPACE Al Faya pop-up is all kinds of beautiful

The idea behind the project comes from Najla’s vision for making ‘not so ordinary’ experiences, and this unique approach allows for the brand to cater to the local community in more ways than one.

“I am always looking for the next best idea to share with the community,” says Najla, “I was born in the UAE and I live here in Sharjah. I am an individual who loves life, everything about life, and the stories of the people in it. I love to create experiences that are not so ordinary. I am someone who’s looking to take a risk with my social experiments and I love going the extra mile for people to get a good reaction from them.”

Must-visit: The NOT A SPACE Al Faya pop-up is all kinds of beautiful
Najla Al Ansari, NOT A SPACE founder

When NOT A SPACE opened its flagship shops in Muweilah, an outsider would need to think twice before being able to define what the brand was building. Najla says this decision was conscious – to take essential services, and serve a twist to make it an exciting space for the community it serves – “Things have changed in the world we interact with today. The way we experience things has changed. People want experiences, they want to be part of a community and that’s what we’re trying to build. That’s how ‘NOT’ came up. It is not just one space, it’s more than that. In fact, even the three dots on our logo represents that there is always more that we have to offer…”

“My brother, Hamed, and I travel a lot and we enjoy seeking out different experiences and stories from around the world. It is also important for us to bring these stories back with us. I want to be able to curate these experiences for those here in our community, but in a way that makes sense for our way of life here. I’ve been in the business for the last nine years. Travelling also helped me understand what is missing in the world that I could create. I haven’t seen anywhere where there’s a barbershop, a parlour, and a specialty coffee shop all linked together. Here, with any haircut or service, you get a free coffee. That’s the kind of stuff we want to make. At our barbershop or the salon, you can find people organizing dances or hosting events. It’s a multidisciplinary space where you find so much more than what you would expect.”

“We’re more than the services that we offer. This space is also for hosting events, for instance – a big one we did at our stores in Muweilah before the pandemic was a pop-up exhibition featuring all kinds of local talent from neighboring communities.”

Must-visit: The NOT A SPACE Al Faya pop-up is all kinds of beautiful
Must-visit: The NOT A SPACE Al Faya pop-up is all kinds of beautiful
Must-visit: The NOT A SPACE Al Faya pop-up is all kinds of beautiful

Najla explains what NOT A SPACE offers to its people beyond the Muweilah outlets (cafe, barbershop, and parlour) or the Al Faya Pop-up: “It’s primarily a hub – we are a space to help people to find new friends, attend or run their own events, and support local artists’ talent. We bring people together for music, art, sports, and really anything that the community needs. We want to be a place to foster friendships and connections in the local community.”

“People might ask ‘if it’s not a barbershop or a salon or a cafe then what is it?’ We tell them to come and experience it for themselves. People will take what they’re offered. You go somewhere, you like it, you’ll come back. The risk we were taking was that we were doing something that wasn’t offered anywhere else, so we didn’t know how it would be received. But until we tried it, we wouldn’t know. So we had to do it and find out. The reception has been positive, which has been great. You hear it from our people – they come in and are impressed. They tell us that they haven’t been to spaces like ours before, and you see that they keep coming back. I’ve heard the word ‘vibes’ being used a lot. They just keep saying that our spaces and staff have a lot of ‘positive vibes’, which I’m proud to hear. Our brand caters to people who don’t want to define themselves as ordinary people doing ordinary things. It’s them that keep me going. Their reactions tell me I’m on the right track.”

Must-visit: The NOT A SPACE Al Faya pop-up is all kinds of beautiful
Must-visit: The NOT A SPACE Al Faya pop-up is all kinds of beautiful
Must-visit: The NOT A SPACE Al Faya pop-up is all kinds of beautiful

About NOT A SPACE, Muweilah, Sharjah

NOT A SPACE is a community center that offers specialty coffee and tea, gentlemen’s grooming essentials, and ladies’ beauty services. The space also serves as a hub for events by and for the local community that can feature music, art, yoga, and all kinds of meetups. When you’re here, unwind yourself with a Hibiscus Ice Tea or Najla’s favorite combo – the Flat White and Chocolate Cookies.

Google Maps Location Link

Barber + Parlour Services Menu

About Muweilah, Sharjah

The Muweilah area in Sharjah, where NOT A SPACE is located, is home to many emerging homegrown businesses propping up. Najla’s pride for ‘M-Town’ (as she affectionately calls it) shows as she talks about its crop of young Emirati entrepreneurs setting up new exciting businesses in the area. One such place is Paper Fig, a hidden gem that has become a destination for foodies in Sharjah. While they are famous for the desserts, Najla frequents the place often for lunch and recommends the Lemon Chicken with Coconut Rice. Another place to check out is Crisol, a fusion restaurant that Najla promises “will make you forget where you are.” Try the Seafood Paella.


About NOT A SPACE, Al Faya Pop-Up (Pictured)

The open area pop-up is located next to Al Faya Retreat and Cafe, with a grand view of the Al Faya Mountains. The area has plenty of tables and seating areas (with blankets on request if you’re feeling chilly) and also has plenty of parking space. The space is open every day from 6 am to 2 am till the end of March.

The NOT A SPACE Al Faya pop-up encompasses a cafe with hot and cold beverages, light breakfast dishes, and lunch options such as warm flatbreads, hot dogs and burgers, and desserts. Top-notch specialty coffee and soft drinks are also available. Plus a series of performances and enterainment. Follow @notaspace on Instagram for updates on upcoming events before planning your trip.

Google Maps Location Link

Pop-Up Cafe Menu


Photography, reporting and interview by Zeashan Ashraf exclusively for The Huntr


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#AbuDhabiLovesCoffee The Huntr partners with the Zayed Higher Organisation to recycle ground coffee for agriculture with The People of Determination https://thehuntr.com/mag/ground-coffee-for-zho-pod-farm/ Sun, 13 Dec 2020 10:53:11 +0000 https://thehuntr.com/mag/?p=11103 Zayed Higher Organisation’s (ZHO) Bee Café – a unique specialty coffee shop run by the People of Determination – is collaborating with The HUNTR and its #AbuDhabiLovesCoffee project for Abu Dhabi Culinary Season to recycle ground coffee for agricultural purposes. All of the 20 partnering cafe concepts for #AbuDhabiLovesCoffee have been invited to donate their […]

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Zayed Higher Organisation’s (ZHO) Bee Café – a unique specialty coffee shop run by the People of Determination – is collaborating with The HUNTR and its #AbuDhabiLovesCoffee project for Abu Dhabi Culinary Season to recycle ground coffee for agricultural purposes.

#AbuDhabiLovesCoffee The Huntr partners with the Zayed Higher Organisation to recycle ground coffee for agriculture with The People of Determination

All of the 20 partnering cafe concepts for #AbuDhabiLovesCoffee have been invited to donate their coffee grounds to Zayed Agricultural Centre’s farm in Abu Dhabi. These coffee grounds will then be used by the People of Determination who assist on the farm and will use the ground coffee as fertilizer to help the plants thrive.

#AbuDhabiLovesCoffee The Huntr partners with the Zayed Higher Organisation to recycle ground coffee for agriculture with The People of Determination
#AbuDhabiLovesCoffee The Huntr partners with the Zayed Higher Organisation to recycle ground coffee for agriculture with The People of Determination

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