The Huntr https://thehuntr.com/mag Bringing good things to good people. Wed, 03 Feb 2021 08:00:15 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.6.1 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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Step inside INKED’s latest pop-up ‘What The Food’ with The Huntr https://thehuntr.com/mag/what-the-food-2020-inked-dubai/ Sun, 13 Dec 2020 04:17:10 +0000 https://thehuntr.com/mag/?p=11107 What The Food 2020 is a two-week-long celebration of all of the UAE’s best homegrown concepts – including collaborations, co-creations, kitchen takeovers, and more all happening at INKED between December 11th and 23rd. On a mission to end 2020 on a high, the folks over at INKED have a roster of exciting foodie pop-ups to […]

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What The Food 2020 is a two-week-long celebration of all of the UAE’s best homegrown concepts – including collaborations, co-creations, kitchen takeovers, and more all happening at INKED between December 11th and 23rd.

On a mission to end 2020 on a high, the folks over at INKED have a roster of exciting foodie pop-ups to check out at their impressive Alserkal Avenue home over the next few weeks.

On the 11th and 12th of December, Birch Bakery was in the spotlight, with its incredible baked creations featuring on a limited edition INKED x Birch Bakery breakfast menu. The HUNTR opted to book in for INKOGNITO by INKED – a burger menu. Featuring a delicious premium Wagyu beef patty, cheddar cheeses, and INKED’s special sauce plus a vegan-friendly plant-based burger with a grilled Moving Mountains patty, and a vegan bun and special sauce. Along with crispy twice-cooked French fries. Divine. There were also a couple of worth-every-calorie desserts.

Emirati-owned Canvas Gelato is available throughout the pop-up and next on the roster is a INKED x Mattar Farm partnership, running December 14-16th.

To find out more and to book your spot, click here.

Step inside INKED's latest pop-up 'What The Food' with The Huntr
Step inside INKED's latest pop-up 'What The Food' with The Huntr
Step inside INKED's latest pop-up 'What The Food' with The Huntr
Step inside INKED's latest pop-up 'What The Food' with The Huntr
Step inside INKED's latest pop-up 'What The Food' with The Huntr
Step inside INKED's latest pop-up 'What The Food' with The Huntr
Step inside INKED's latest pop-up 'What The Food' with The Huntr
Step inside INKED's latest pop-up 'What The Food' with The Huntr
Step inside INKED's latest pop-up 'What The Food' with The Huntr
Step inside INKED's latest pop-up 'What The Food' with The Huntr
Step inside INKED's latest pop-up 'What The Food' with The Huntr
Step inside INKED's latest pop-up 'What The Food' with The Huntr

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The #AbuDhabiLovesCoffee Directory – the full scoop on the 20 partnering specialty coffee concepts https://thehuntr.com/mag/abudhabilovescoffee-directory/ Sun, 06 Dec 2020 06:29:15 +0000 https://thehuntr.com/mag/?p=10952 #AbuDhabiLovesCoffee is officially underway and running across 20 of the best homegrown specialty coffee concepts in the UAE capital. Here you will find a list of all of the participating cafes, roasters, and concepts (in reverse alphabetical order), their exact locations, contact details and engaging, educational, and fun activations for the inuagual edition of #AbuDhabiLovesCoffee. […]

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#AbuDhabiLovesCoffee is officially underway and running across 20 of the best homegrown specialty coffee concepts in the UAE capital. Here you will find a list of all of the participating cafes, roasters, and concepts (in reverse alphabetical order), their exact locations, contact details and engaging, educational, and fun activations for the inuagual edition of #AbuDhabiLovesCoffee.

#AbuDhabiLovesCoffee is running December 1st until 15th 2020 inclusive, as part of Abu Dhabi Culinary Season powered by your friends at The HUNTR.

Discover The HUNTR’s Guide to #AbuDhabiLovesCoffee 2020 here


The #AbuDhabiLovesCoffee Directory – the full scoop on the 20 partnering specialty coffee concepts

VOID, AL SHAHAMA

One of the newest spots on the list, Void was founded by Emirati national Sager Alnuaimi and opened its doors at Emirates Park Zoo in October 2020.

The team use a Slayer machine and source the best local specialty single-origin beans from a variety of local roasteries. Alongside its specialty coffee menu, there’s also a newly-introduced breakfast menu, desserts, pastries, and smoothies.

The space is slick and minimal and there’s a pretty little outdoor seating area, which is ideal for Abu Dhabi’s beautiful winter season.

#ABUDHABILOVESCOFFEE ACTIVITIES

  • A limited-edition #AbuDhabiLovesCoffee coffee creation will be available to order Dec 1-15.
  • Void will also be hosting unique Outdoor Barista Classes – which are based on coffee knowledge, how to make a perfect coffee using a grinder and espresso machine, and basic latte art. Priced at 380AED per person including complimentary coffee and a completion certificate, there is a maximum of 4 people to one session, and classes are expected to last around 1.5hours. The sessions are running at 11am, 1.30pm and 3.30pm on December 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 13th, 14th, and 15th. Advance bookings are required.

For bookings and to find out more visit @void.uae or call/WhatsApp 050 122 2021

Location: Emirates Park Zoo entrance, Abu Dhabi, UAE

Timings: Weekdays 8am until 10pm and weekends 8am until 11pm.


The #AbuDhabiLovesCoffee Directory – the full scoop on the 20 partnering specialty coffee concepts

TURF CAFÉ, AL KHALIDIYA

Founded by Emirati national Mariam Saeed, Turf Café was born out of the desire to have a casual neighborhood café where people could gather without pretense, to relax with friends and colleagues, and learn about coffee in a comfortable way.

Alongside its specialty coffee, Turf has an all-day breakfast menu and casual fare, including its best-selling oval bagel. The beans at Turf come from local roasters that source ethically and use fair trade practices – including Dubai’s Nightjar and a mix of other award-winning regional and international roasters.

Turf’s goal is to be active in the community, promote inclusivity and foster environmental stewardship, as well as giving local start-ups and artists exposure.

#ABUDHABILOVESCOFFEE ACTIVITIES

  • A limited-edition #AbuDhabiLovesCoffee coffee creation will be available to order Dec 1-15.
  • Turf is also hosting Latte Art Workshops priced at 70AED per person running at 5-6pm on the 2nd, 3rd, 5th, and 6th and it culminates in a throw down on the 7th of December.
  • Be The Brewer (30AED per person) will cover everything you need to know to do your favourite manual brew at home, as well some demystify some coffee terms and answer any questions. Participants will have the chance to brew and taste the different methods. This is running from 6-7pm on the 4th and 9th of December.
  • Cupping Sessions with two different roasteries are also on the Turf agenda and feature a Night Creatures Cupping Session at 6-7pm on the 8th and a Puchero Cupping Session at 6-7pm on the 13th.
  • A Sweet Journey is available on Thursday the 10th of December and features a set menu of 3 desserts that will be made with and paired with coffee for 70AED per person. Limited seats are available.
  • Whilst on Saturday 12th of December, Toast With The Most will offer a set menu of 3 open toast/crostini creations paired with coffee. Priced at 70AED per person, limited seats are available.
  • Throughout the #AbuDhabiLovesCoffee period (Dec 1-15) Turf will also be running a prize draw for 2 boxes of exclusive Night Creatures specialty single-origin Panamanian coffee beans. Anyone visiting the cafe during the period and spending money can enter the draw.

For bookings and to find out more visit @turfcafe.ae or call 050 386 6742

Location: 321 Mubarak Bin Mohammad Street, Khalidiya, Abu Dhabi, UAE

Timings: Open daily from 8am until 10pm.


The #AbuDhabiLovesCoffee Directory – the full scoop on the 20 partnering specialty coffee concepts

SLASH, VARIOUS LOCATIONS

Founded by Emirati national Rashed Saeed Rashed Mohamed Al Falasi in 2017, Slash Coffee uses coffee beans that are freshly sourced from the best farms throughout the world. These beans go through a process of quality checking and selection before being roasted in Slash’s state-of-the-art roasting machine.

Alongside its specialty coffee offering, Slash has a wide range of pastries and desserts, which are prepared at the central kitchen by experienced chefs and provide all Slash branches with freshly produced pastries, desserts and creations, daily.

#ABUDHABILOVESCOFFEE ACTIVITIES

  • A limited-edition #AbuDhabiLovesCoffee coffee creation will be available to order Dec 1-15.
  • Brewing classes on Thursdays (3rd and 10th of December at 12noon until 5pm) at Slash Coffee HQ and Capital Mall (100AED pp and limited seats available).
  • Barista Classes on Mondays and Wednesdays (7th, 9th and 14th at 2-5.30pm) at Slash Coffee HQ (100AED pp and limited seats available).

For bookings and to find out more visit @slash.coffee or WhatsApp 055 155 5478

Location: Slash Coffee HQ WH-44, Plot-8, M-45 next to China Mall and Slash Coffee Capital Mall, Abu Dhabi, UAE

Timings: Open from 6am until 11pm weekdays and 6am until midnight on weekends at all branches except the HQ branch, which is open from 9am until 6pm daily.


The #AbuDhabiLovesCoffee Directory – the full scoop on the 20 partnering specialty coffee concepts

PENTAGON, AL DHAFRA

Pentagon Specialty Coffee is an Emirati specialty coffee and desserts concept, inspired by the number five: there are 5 Emirati co-founders, 5 elements of coffee, and 5 senses of the coffee experience. All of Pentagon’s coffees are carefully chosen considering the 5 elements of third-wave coffee – sweetness, body, flavour, aroma, and finish.

The team at Pentagon also believes the coffee experience should not rely on taste alone, but rather give the coffee aficionado an experience that satisfies all 5 senses. The barista team uses a custom-made all-black, award-winning Victoria Arduino Black Eagle machine and there are a variety of high-grade single origin coffees available.

Food-wise, Pentagon offers “perfect with coffee” pastries, baked goods, desserts, and açai.

#ABUDHABILOVESCOFFEE ACTIVITIES

  • Coffee Around the World – bean options from all 4 coffee-producing continents, every day, Dec 1-15.
  • Ask your Barista – an intimate coffee discovery experience running on Dec 4, 7, 9, 11, and 14th. Whether you are a newly converted coffee lover looking to explore the world of specialty coffee or a beginner home barista who wants to hone their skills, this is your chance to Ask Your Barista! From 2pm to 4pm (on the aforementioned dates), Pentagon’s Head Barista will gladly go table-to-table to give you a one-to-one chance to ask him anything you would like to know about the wonderful world of specialty coffee.
  • Quiz nights on December 8th and 15th at 8pm – Test your sense of smell and taste, with the sensory skills quiz night. The best score of the night wins a 100AED voucher.

For bookings and to find out more visit @pentagonuae or call 050 926 9256

Location: 926 Al Falah Street, Abu Dhabi, UAE

Timings: Open daily from 7am until 11pm.


The #AbuDhabiLovesCoffee Directory – the full scoop on the 20 partnering specialty coffee concepts

NOTES CAFÉ, KHALIFA PARK AREA

Founded by Emirati national Saoud Al Shamsi, Notes Cafe was created as an ode to celebrate Arab culture – encompassing both good coffee and good food and bringing friends and families together to create memories in a cosy, welcoming space.

The folks at Notes use coffee from the Man vs Machine roastery and have a variety of specialty grade single-origin beans on offer. Barista Allan Sayuman won 2nd place at the Latte Art Throwdown and the team uses a La Marzocco Strada machine.

There’s also a full food menu encompassing options for breakfast, lunch and dinner, plus cheat-day-worthy desserts.

#ABUDHABILOVESCOFFEE ACTIVITIES

  • A limited-edition #AbuDhabiLovesCoffee coffee creation will be available to order Dec 1-15.
  • A complimentary coffee with every dessert purchase available Dec 1-15.
  • Exclusive limited-edition food and coffee tasting menus available for brunch or dinner from Dec 1-15.

For bookings and to find out more visit @notescafe.ae or call 050 904 4795

Location: Khalifa Park Ministries Complex, Seha Building, Shop No.5, Abu Dhabi, UAE

Timings: Open daily from 7am until 11pm.


The #AbuDhabiLovesCoffee Directory – the full scoop on the 20 partnering specialty coffee concepts

MIRZAM CHOCOLATE MAKERS, AL KHALIDIYA

Homegrown, Emirati-owned bean-to-bar chocolate connoisseurs Mirzam Chocolate Makers first started life in Dubai’s Al Quoz with an impressive chocolate factory and now count the UAE capital as their second home, thanks to this beautiful space at the Qasr Al Hosn site.

The oldest stone building in Abu Dhabi, Qasr Al Hosn provides an opportunity to discover the rich history of the UAE and the ruling family. And now, thanks to Mirzam, you can fuel all of that cultural exploration with some world-class chocolate and caffeine…

Mirzam offers a retail space to shop the latest chocolate collections and a striking specialty coffee bar, complete with freshly baked cookies, brownies, and other treats from Mirzam’s small-batch bakery. There is also gelato and soft-serve by local maker Canvas and tartines made with locally-sourced produce topped on thick slices of Dubai-based Birch Bakery’s sourdough bread.

#ABUDHABILOVESCOFFEE ACTIVITIES

  • A limited-edition #AbuDhabiLovesCoffee coffee creation will be available to order Dec 1-15.
  • A series of seven exclusive Japanese brewing workshops. Running for 1.5 hours, the workshops are priced at 300AED per person and include a take-home set with coffee beans and a chocolate tasting kit. The workshop covers three brewing techniques – v60, Kalita, and Kinto and is led by Mirzam’s expert baristas. Running 1-2.30pm on the 4th, 5th, 6th, 10th, 11th, 12th, and 13th. Limited spots available and there are 3 ladies-only sessions – the 6th, 10th, and 13th.

For bookings and to find out more visit @mirzamchocolate or WhatsApp 050 724 2411

Location: Qasr Al Hosn, Sheikh Rashid Bin Saeed Street, Abu Dhabi, UAE

Timings: Open daily from 10am until 10pm.


The #AbuDhabiLovesCoffee Directory – the full scoop on the 20 partnering specialty coffee concepts

LOCAL, AL RAHA

The brainchild of three guys Jackson (British), Jasim (Emirati), and Zayed (Emirati), LOCAL is Abu Dhabi’s first concept store offering a gentleman’s grooming salon, an exclusive sneaker consignment store, and a specialty coffee cafe.

The name LOCAL has two meanings – firstly for the word used proudly by the people of the UAE to communicate family, heritage, and originality and secondly, a place Westerners commonly associate with a place of habit, familiarity, and consistent reassurance – their “local”.

The team at LOCAL works with some of the world’s best roasters including Prolog, Hasbean, Nude, and Proud Mary’s. Here in the UAE, the team also uses the Dubai-based Tres Marias. The cold brew is made in-house by the resident cold brew specialist Puimal.

#ABUDHABILOVESCOFFEE ACTIVITIES

  • A limited-edition #AbuDhabiLovesCoffee coffee creation will be available to order Dec 1-15.
  • A special #AbuDhabiLovesCoffee origin available Dec 1-15.
  • Coffee tasting experiences – details to follow soon.

For bookings and to find out more visit @_localuae_ or call 02 555 3339

Location: Block C, Al Zeina Complex, Al Raha Beach, Abu Dhabi, UAE

Timings: Open daily from 7am until 10pm.


The #AbuDhabiLovesCoffee Directory – the full scoop on the 20 partnering specialty coffee concepts

LA PETITE CAFÉ, AL AIN

Al Ain-born Ahmed Musallem Aziz Suwaidan Almuharrami created La Petite Café to offer something totally unique to the UAE cafe scene. A small cafe, with design and perfection at its core, La Petite features a floor-to-ceiling glass casing, which can be peeled back during the cooler months and let the outside in. There’s also a pretty courtyard seating area.

Alongside its specialty coffee offering, La Petite has a full breakfast and lunch menu together with freshly baked goods and desserts. There is also a soft-serve machine. Plus the team is passionate about coffee and food pairings and can guide you through their recommendations.

#ABUDHABILOVESCOFFEE ACTIVITIES

  • A limited-edition #AbuDhabiLovesCoffee coffee creation will be available to order Dec 1-15.
  • Coffee tasting workshops on the 7th, 1th, and 14th of December, which include coffee and cake pairings between 10am and 3pm and are priced at 60AED per person.

For bookings and to find out more visit @lapetite.coffee or call 050 689 4844

Location: Building 9, Al Ain Square (Near HBZ Stadium, Al Ain, Abu Dhabi, UAE

Timings: Open daily from 7am until 11.45pm.


The #AbuDhabiLovesCoffee Directory – the full scoop on the 20 partnering specialty coffee concepts

KAFFIE, MUROOR

Founded by Emirati national Ahmed AlMansoori, Kaffie is a tiny little bolthole located in the Muroor neighbourhood. Named after the region’s old name for coffee, Kaffie focusses on takeaway treats such as açai and pudding boxes, alongside specialty coffee.

There’s very limited seating available (just a few bar stools) thanks to its modest size but the coffee on offer more than makes up for it. There are over 13 different beans available – many of which are locally sourced from favourites such as Seven Fortunes, El Matador and Saraya.

#ABUDHABILOVESCOFFEE ACTIVITIES

  • A limited-edition #AbuDhabiLovesCoffee coffee creation will be available to order Dec 1-15.
  • With every drink purchase, you get complimentary halwa biscuits available Dec 1-15.
  • V60 and Chemex theoretical workshops will be held every day of #AbuDhabiLovesCoffee Dec 1-15 at 2-3pm, 3-4pm and 4-5pm. Priced at 120AED for 2 people or 80AED for one person.

For bookings and to find out more visit @kaffie.uae or call 050 927 2233

Location: Al Bandayrah Street, Abu Dhabi, UAE

Timings: Sat-Weds 9am until 10pm, Thur-Fri 9am until 11pm.


The #AbuDhabiLovesCoffee Directory – the full scoop on the 20 partnering specialty coffee concepts

FOODSHED, KHALIFA PARK AREA

The brainchild of Sharjah-based Sheikha Maisa Al Qassimi, Foodshed offers “wholesome food and local roots” in Khalifa Park. All of the dishes on the menu are crafted from fresh, locally-sourced produce where possible, and roughly 90% of everything on offer (including the tables) is from within the UAE.

The specialty coffee is powered by Sharjah-born Ratios Coffee. Foodshed has developed an extensive special menu for the #AbuDhabiLovesCoffee festival that includes mains, desserts, drinks, and pantry staples crafted using coffee. They are also offering a home brewing workshop with great tutorials and tips from their barista and several free cupping sessions to get to know some of Foodshed’s favourite beans and roasters.

#ABUDHABILOVESCOFFEE ACTIVITIES

  • A limited-edition #AbuDhabiLovesCoffee coffee creation will be available to order Dec 1-15.
  • Several limited-edition #AbuDhabiLovesCoffee menu items for desserts, mains, and takeaway pantry items.
  • Special home brewing workshops priced at 350AED pp (incl. bag of beans).
  • Several free cupping workshops.

For bookings and to find out more visit @foodshed.ae or call 02 671 1113

Location: Gate 1, Bloom Gardens, Khalifa Park, Abu Dhabi, UAE

Timings: Open daily from 7am until 10pm.


The #AbuDhabiLovesCoffee Directory – the full scoop on the 20 partnering specialty coffee concepts

ELIXIR, AL NAHYAN

Conceptualised by a passionate Emirati specialty coffee enthusiast called Saeed, Elixir’s ambiance is inspired by South Asia’s small, rustic and cosy cafes.

The team use manual brewing such as V60, Kalita, Aeropress and Syphon and also serve Cold Drip and Cold Brew. Plus the folks at Elixir grind their beans using the award-winning grinder Mahlkonig EK43. To prepare espresso-based coffees, the baristas start by grinding the roasted beans with a Compak F10 and then extract it with La Marco Strada AV to produce the finest cup of coffee.

Alongside its specialty coffee offering, there are also cheat-day-worthy desserts and a few healthy options including chia pudding and açai.

#ABUDHABILOVESCOFFEE ACTIVITIES

  • A limited-edition #AbuDhabiLovesCoffee coffee creation will be available to order Dec 1-15.
  • On the 6th and 7th, December Elixir is hosting a Latte Art Class from 12.30-1.30pm. The session is limited to 4 people and priced at 80AED per person.
  • Get a free serving of tiramisu with every coffee purchase at Elixir on the 14th and 15th of December whilst stocks last.

For bookings and to find out more visit @elixircafe.ae or call 055 828 2839

Location: 1 Sirt Street, (behind Abu Dhabi Media), Abu Dhabi, UAE

Timings: Sat-Wed 8am until 11pm. Thur-Fri 9am until midnight.


The #AbuDhabiLovesCoffee Directory – the full scoop on the 20 partnering specialty coffee concepts

ECHO, KHALIFA PARK AREA

Part coffee shop (Echo Cafe) and part roastery (The Echo Machine Roastery), Echo was founded by Emirati national Asma Al Suwaidi in 2017. The team here pride themselves on their passionate approach to roasting coffee, which includes hunting for the best single-origin green coffee beans and then roasting them in small batches to ensure very high quality. The same attention to detail is also applied to coffee creation by Echo’s skilled barista team.

Alongside its specialty coffee offering, Echo has a small selection of bakes and sweet treats, all served up in a slick and inspiring setting.

#ABUDHABILOVESCOFFEE ACTIVITIES

  • A limited-edition #AbuDhabiLovesCoffee coffee creation will be available to order Dec 1-15.
  • Documentary screening for A Film About Coffee at 6pm on December 6th. Limited seats available and priced at 50AED per person.
  • Documentary screening for Aeropress Movie at 6pm on December 8th. Limited seats available and priced at 50AED per person.
  • The folks at Echo will also host a V60 Training Workshop hosted by Sara AlKhoori and Rashed Al Mazroui at 5pm on December 9th. Limited seats available and priced at 100AED per person.
  • Documentary screening for Shade Grown Coffee at 6pm on December 10th. Limited seats available and priced at 50AED per person.
  • Documentary screening for Coffee Heroes at 6pm on December 13th. Limited seats available and priced at 50AED per person.
  • Aeropress Training Workshop hosted by Sara AlKhoori and Rashed Al Mazroui at 5pm on December 14th priced at 100AED per person.
  • Documentary screening for Baristas at 6pm on December 15th. Limited seats available and priced at 50AED per person.

For bookings and to find out more visit @theechomachine or call 02 448 8550

Location: Al Sunbulah Street, Abu Dhabi, UAE

Timings: Open daily from 7am until 10pm


The #AbuDhabiLovesCoffee Directory – the full scoop on the 20 partnering specialty coffee concepts

CUPITAL, KHALIFA PARK AREA

Founded in 2018 by Emirati duo Khalifa Aldheheri and Abdulla Alremeithi, Cupital was created to share the love and art of specialty coffee with the UAE capital. With a key focus on high-quality customer service, coffee beans, environment, and coffee, the team at Cupital use a variety of international and local roasters, including its own Cupital Selection.

The baristas use the Slayer Steam X machine and Cupital also has its own line of cold brew and a small brunch menu (available weekdays from 9am until 7pm and weekends from 9am until 4pm).

#ABUDHABILOVESCOFFEE ACTIVITIES

  • A limited-edition #AbuDhabiLovesCoffee coffee creation will be available to order Dec 1-15.
  • A Coffee Tasting Journey (100AED pp) Dec 1-15 – includes 3 drinks (Filter, Espresso, and Cortado) and is priced at 100 AED per person.
  • A talk with roaster Saeed Alblooshi from El Matador Coffee Roasters on Dec 5 at 5pm (free to attend, limited seats available).
  • A Kalita brewing tool workshop hosted by Rashed Almazrouei and Sara Alkhoori on Dec 7 at 5pm (100AED per person, limited seats available).
  • A Clever brewing tool workshop hosted by Cupital’s founding partner Khalifa Aldheheri on Dec 11 at 5pm (100AED per person, limited seats available).

For bookings and to find out more visit @cupital.cafe or call 02 666 1366

Location: Ministries Complex, Abu Dhabi, UAE

Timings: Open daily from 8am until 10pm


The #AbuDhabiLovesCoffee Directory – the full scoop on the 20 partnering specialty coffee concepts

CULTURE CAFÉ, AL MINA

The brainchild of Emirati nationals Hassan Habib Al Sayegh and Hamad Abu Shousha, Culture Cafe is located within the Abu Dhabi Youth Hub.

Created to celebrate Emirati culture with a key focus on the importance of coffee in Emirati society, the main aim at Culture Cafe is “connecting the past, present, and future through culture and coffee.”

Opened in late October 2019, the Culture Cafe logo draws its inspiration from the Arabic font that was featured on the cover of an Ittihad newspaper published in 1971 sharing the iconic story of the inauguration of the UAE union. The founders used this approach to “reflect our Arabic roots but also its a reflection of the culture that the brand aims to provide.”

#ABUDHABILOVESCOFFEE ACTIVITIES

  • A limited-edition #AbuDhabiLovesCoffee coffee creation will be available to order Dec 1-15.
  • Between 4-9pm Barista Classes are running Dec 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th and are priced at 100AED per person.
  • Between 4-9pm the Foaming and Latte Art Classes are running on Dec 9th, 10th, and 11th and are priced at 150AED per person.
  • Between 4-9pm the Brewing Classes are running on Dec 12th, 13th, 14th, and 15th and are priced at 150AED per person.

For bookings and to find out more visit @culturecafe.ad or call 050 922 5040

Location: 305 Al Meena Street, Abu Dhabi Youth Hub, Abu Dhabi, UAE

Timings: Weekdays only 8.30am until 9.30pm.


The #AbuDhabiLovesCoffee Directory – the full scoop on the 20 partnering specialty coffee concepts

CARTEL COFFEE ROASTERS, AL BATEEN

Cartel Coffee Roasters was cofounded by Emirati Nasser Almaskri and prides itself on the love, passion, and painstaking detail it puts into every cup of coffee and bag of beans.

Working with some of the world’s finest green bean companies, the folks at Cartel produce a range of top-class single-origin coffee beans and coffees “roasted fresh by local hands” alongside pastries, cookies, and desserts.

Urban and cool, Cartel also offers the unique opportunity to drink coffee inside a roastery, with all of the coffee roasting action and the delightful smells and sounds that go with it.

#ABUDHABILOVESCOFFEE ACTIVITIES

  • A limited-edition #AbuDhabiLovesCoffee coffee creation will be available to order Dec 1-15.
  • A workshop on the subtleties of roasting in partnership with The Koffeeist on December 9th, hourly between 5-8pm.

For bookings and to find out more visit @cartelcoffeeroasters or call 02 666 2002

Location: 469 Arabian Gulf Street, Abu Dhabi, UAE

Timings: Sunday-Thursday 6.30am until 10.30pm and Friday and Saturday 8am until 10.30pm.


The #AbuDhabiLovesCoffee Directory – the full scoop on the 20 partnering specialty coffee concepts

CAFÉ RENARD, AL NAHYAN

First opened by Emirati national Layla AlMulla in March 2020, Café Renard is a unique concept offering third-wave coffee, music, and poetry all in one pretty space.

Café Renard is named after the French word for ‘Fox’, who is poetic by nature and carries itself with stealth and a passion for the small things in life. Alongside its specialty coffee offering, the menu features a small selection of sweet and savoury pastries and desserts and you can also treat yourself to a mini bouquet of flowers to sit beside your cup of joe.

#ABUDHABILOVESCOFFEE ACTIVITIES

  • A limited-edition #AbuDhabiLovesCoffee coffee creation will be available to order Dec 1-15.
  • An exclusive dessert and coffee combo called #AbuDhabiLovesCoffee – cheeseballs drizzled with Kinder sauce and a V60 for 57AED.

For bookings and to find out more visit @caferenard or call 054 555 0612

Location: Al Muroor Street, Almamoura Block, Behind Almandoos, Rakkad Alameri Building, Abu Dhabi, UAE

Timings: Open daily from 7am until 11pm.


The #AbuDhabiLovesCoffee Directory – the full scoop on the 20 partnering specialty coffee concepts

BUZZ BY MLT, VARIOUS LOCATIONS

The sister concept to MLT and founded by two Emirati nationals – Maryam Ahmed Khalfan Bin Jabara Almarar and Mohamed Musabah Khamis Naser Al Mazrouei – BuZZ by MLT scours local and international roast houses to find the best beans and then applies its own unique configurations to extract its coffee.

Alongside its buzz-worthy coffee, MLT offers an array of cheat-day-worthy dishes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner plus decadent sweet treats. And there are three locations – two food trucks (one in Al Huderyat and one in Marsa Mina) and a restaurant/cafe on Airport Road.

#ABUDHABILOVESCOFFEE ACTIVITIES

  • A limited-edition #AbuDhabiLovesCoffee coffee creation will be available to order Dec 1-15 at all BuZZ by MLT and MLT branches.
  • A limited-edition #AbuDhabiLovesCoffee coffee-based dessert available Dec 1-15 at all BuZZ by MLT and MLT branches.
  • Chemex classes at the Al Hudeyat Island branch on the 6th, 7th, 9th, 13th, 14th and 15th of December at 5-6pm and again at 7-8pm. Priced at 75AED per participant with a maximum number of 4 participants per session.

For bookings and to find out more visit @buzzbymlt or call 056 666 5016

Location: Main Restaurant – Airport Road, East 14-2, Food Truck 1 – Al Hudeyat Beach, Food Truck 2 – Marsa Mina, Zayed Port, Cruise Ships Terminal, Abu Dhabi, UAE

Timings: Restaurant open 7am until midnight. Al Hudeyat Island truck open 7am until 1am and Marsa Mina truck open 7pm until midnight.


The #AbuDhabiLovesCoffee Directory – the full scoop on the 20 partnering specialty coffee concepts

BRDG, AL DHAFRA

Founded by Omar Al Farran, BRDG (pronounced ‘Bridge’) is divided between three concepts – a specialty coffee cafe, a creative photography studio, and a small retail corner. Borne from a passion for supporting the freelancer community in Abu Dhabi, BRDG aims to bridge the gap between individual creatives and small businesses with the general public.

Inspired by the hustle and bustle of NYC and its 4 million-strong freelancer community, alongside specialty coffee the menu at BRDG also features some classic New York favourites including hot dogs and breakfast dishes.

#ABUDHABILOVESCOFFEE ACTIVITIES

  • A limited-edition #AbuDhabiLovesCoffee coffee creation will be available to order Dec 1-15.
  • A Specialty Coffee and Photography Workshops series is running 4-7pm on December 2nd, 7th, 9th, and 14th. Featuring hands-on training sessions for espresso-based and filtered coffee creation. Plus coffee mobilography training and Instagram content generation, culminating in a free portrait shot at the BRDG studio for each attendee. Priced at 250AED per person. Book your spot online here.

For bookings and to find out more visit @brdgconcept or call 02 449 9927 or book online here

Location: 905 Al Falah Street (Al Jawazat), Zone E18-03, Plot C7, Shop 10 & 11, Abu Dhabi, UAE

Timings: Sun-Thurs 7am until 10pm. Fri-Sat 12noon until 11pm.


The #AbuDhabiLovesCoffee Directory – the full scoop on the 20 partnering specialty coffee concepts

BLOOM ROOM, AL DHAFRA

Bloom Room Café and Flowers was founded by Emirati national Mariam Al Hameli. First opened on the second day of February in 2020, Bloom Room combines two of the founder’s passions – good coffee and beautiful flowers.

Here the coffee is sourced from Wind Mill roasters and crafted using a San Remo machine. Alongside the pretty florals and specialty coffee, there is also a sweets menu featuring cakes, ice cream, açaí, pastries, and the signature Avolato (an avocado and gelato hybrid).

#ABUDHABILOVESCOFFEE ACTIVITIES

  • A limited-edition #AbuDhabiLovesCoffee coffee creation will be available to order Dec 1-15.
  • A selection of specialty coffee workshops for groups of up to 4 people will be available priced at 100AED per person. Running on the 1st (Basic Latte Art 11am-1pm), 2nd (Basic Manual Brewing 11am-1pm), 5th (Cold Beverages 10am-12noon), 8th (Basic Manual Brewing 4-6pm), 9th (Basic Latte Art 4-6pm), and 12th of December (Basic Latte Art 4-6pm) the workshops explore basic latte art, cold coffee beverages, and basic manual brewing.

For bookings and to find out more visit @bloomroom.ae or call 050 533 4548

Location: Hazaa Bin Zayed Street, Al Dhafra, Abu Dhabi, UAE

Timings: Open daily from 6.30am until 11pm.


The #AbuDhabiLovesCoffee Directory – the full scoop on the 20 partnering specialty coffee concepts

THE BEE CAFÉ, MAFRAQ

The opening of the Bee Café at the Zayed Higher Organisation for the People of Determination in the UAE capital formed part of the inspiring ‘Be The Change’ campaign. This homegrown specialty coffee shop is the first cafe of its kind to be entirely run by the people of determination.

Its mission is to not only benefit the people of determination themselves, but also their families, and serve to highlight the capabilities of the people of determination – changing social preconceptions and promoting social inclusion.

Bee Café also offers specialised training to enable the People of Determination to obtain international certificates in the specialty coffee industry.

#ABUDHABILOVESCOFFEE ACTIVITIES

  • A limited-edition #AbuDhabiLovesCoffee coffee creation will be available to order Dec 6-10 (during opening hours).
  • A selection of specialty coffee workshops for groups of up to 4 people will be available priced at 100AED per person. Running on December 8th 10-11am and December 9th and 10th 10am until 1pm, the workshops explore basic latte art, cold coffee beverages, and basic manual brewing.
  • The team at Bee Café and Zayed Higher Organisation is also collecting coffee grounds from all #AbuDhabiLovesCoffee partners to use for fertilizer on local farms.

For bookings and to find out more visit @zhocare or visit the website here

Location: Inside the Zayed Higher Organisation, Al Mafraq, Abu Dhabi, UAE

Timings: 8am until 1pm, Sunday-Thursday only.


#AbuDhabiLovesCoffee is happening across 20 of the capital’s best homegrown specialty coffee concepts from December 1st until 15th as part of Abu Dhabi Culinary Season, powered by The HUNTR.

Find out more here.

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First look: #AbuDhabiLovesCoffee limited-edition printed guide by The HUNTR in partnership with ADCS https://thehuntr.com/mag/abudhabilovescoffee-limited-edition-print-guide/ Fri, 04 Dec 2020 05:57:34 +0000 https://thehuntr.com/mag/?p=10972 As part of #AbuDhabiLovesCoffee – a unique Emirate-wide initiative featuring 20 homegrown specialty coffee concepts for Abu Dhabi Culinary Season (ADCS) powered by The HUNTR, we are excited to show you an exclusive look inside the special limited-edition printed guide… Created by your friends at The HUNTR, the guide has been printed in very small […]

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As part of #AbuDhabiLovesCoffee – a unique Emirate-wide initiative featuring 20 homegrown specialty coffee concepts for Abu Dhabi Culinary Season (ADCS) powered by The HUNTR, we are excited to show you an exclusive look inside the special limited-edition printed guide…

First look: #AbuDhabiLovesCoffee limited-edition printed guide by The HUNTR in partnership with ADCS

Created by your friends at The HUNTR, the guide has been printed in very small quantities and distributed to the 20 third-wave coffee gems – so in order to get your hands on a copy, you will have to visit one of the partnering concepts ASAP before they run out.

Discover the full #AbuDhabiLovesCoffee schedule here

Running since December 1st and finishing on December 15th, #AbuDhabiLovesCoffee has been created to celebrate the capital’s best homegrown specialty coffee concepts and encourage the Emirate’s coffee lovers to get out and about and explore and support these small businesses. Each of the 20 partnering cafes, restaurants, and roasters is hosting a variety of pop-ups at their shops – including brewing workshops, latte art classes, special talks, documentary screenings, and more.

First look: #AbuDhabiLovesCoffee limited-edition printed guide by The HUNTR in partnership with ADCS
First look: #AbuDhabiLovesCoffee limited-edition printed guide by The HUNTR in partnership with ADCS
First look: #AbuDhabiLovesCoffee limited-edition printed guide by The HUNTR in partnership with ADCS

Stay tuned for more #AbuDhabiLovesCoffee news coming soon


#AbuDhabiLovesCoffee Guide – front cover photograph by The HUNTR’s Senior Editor @jbbalitian, inside photography shot by The HUNTR’s Abu Dhabi Editor @salehangles.

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