Abu Dhabi to inaugurate new culinary paradise

Al Qana, a unique lifestyle and entertainment destination along 2.4km of waterfront, will have unique F&B concepts across nearly 100 outlets.

Abu Dhabi is all set to inaugurate a new, billion-dirham waterfront social dining and entertainment project along the Rabdan area of the city. Dubbed Al Qana, the project has been developed jointly through the efforts of the Abu Dhabi Municipality and Al Barakah International Investment.

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There will be unique F&B concepts, both international and local, on offer across nearly 100 outlets at Al Qana.
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Spread across 2.4km, Al Qana is divided into 11 blocks, connected by four traversing bridges. While there are an enormous number of experiences on offer, the organisers are planning to position Al Qana as the UAE’s new culinary paradise, with a wide and unique range of F&B concepts, both international and local, across over 95 outlets. More than 60 per cent of these outlets have already been leased out, although the opening is estimated to be around six months away still.

According to predictions by MENA Research Partners, the Gulf Cooperation Council’s F&B market is expected to grow by 7 per cent this year, valued at US$196 billion. With the Expo 2020 scheduled in October this year, an additional 3 million tourists are expected to visit.

Stuart Gissing, general manager at Al Qana, said, “Our F&B concepts will cater to the new consumer mood, ensuring safe, social spaces, and showcasing all that is exciting, energising, colourful, fresh and up and coming. We look forward to welcoming visitors to enjoy our incredible taste offerings within what is already set to become one of Abu Dhabi’s most favourite social hubs for all ages. Al Qana is ensuring that all venues are designed in keeping with new requirements for socially mindful dining, with a focus on outdoor seating, spacious interiors and food as entertainment.”

“We feel it’s imperative to embrace relevant dining trends, including eating local, veganism, sustainable concepts and digital integration. Each unique, home-grown concept has been carefully selected, resulting in a plethora of dining experiences that are a far cry from the traditional. Visitors will be spoilt for choice.,” he added.

Al Qana will also have the UAE’s largest aquarium and largest standalone cinema, along with zones for entertainment, wellness, and e-sports, among a host of other experiences.

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