UAE: DCT Abu Dhabi Honors 15 Establishments with Urban Treasures Accolade

The Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) in the United Arab Emirates has announced the recipients of this year’s Urban Treasures awards, an annual initiative that honors long-running establishments that have shaped Abu Dhabi’s urban and social fabric.

During a ceremony held at the Cultural Foundation, DCT Abu Dhabi Chairman Mohamed Khalifa Al Mubarak presented the award to 15 businesses selected from across the emirate.

“Our Urban Treasures initiative preserves and promotes Abu Dhabi’s unique cultural identity,and reflects the great emotional significance these 15 establishments have held for our community for over 20 years,” said Al Mubarak.

“They hold a nostalgia for times past, while remaining anchors of the community to this day. These establishments have witnessed the capital’s growth and contributed to the identity and vitality of our neighborhoods, strengthening the social and cultural fabric of the emirate,” he said.

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

Now in its third edition, the Urban Treasures initiative was launched with the aim of recognizing the city’s landmark homegrown businesses including restaurants, bakeries, tailors, fabric stores, perfumeries, jewelers, pharmacies, photography studios and similar establishments which have thrived in Abu Dhabi for 20 years or more.

The award aligns with DCT Abu Dhabi’s Modern Heritage Initiative, which celebrates and safeguards the emirate’s more recent past.

Source: aawsat

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