the ultimate guide to the waterfront destination of Abu Dhabi

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Grandiose Supermarket is the newest space to open at Al Qana, Abu Dhabi’s food and entertainment hub. Other attractions already unveiled include the National Aquarium, Bridge Lifestyle Hub and Al Qana Marina, with more to come.

The 2.4 kilometer waterfront destination is also home to a number of exciting restaurants and cafes, many of which are exclusive to Al Qana. So, for those looking for a bite to eat or just somewhere to go for a leisurely stroll, here’s your guide to the social entertainment spot.

The National Aquarium

The water attraction was the first project to open in Al Qana. The aquarium, which launched in November, is spread over 10 areas and is home to 46,000 creatures and 300 species.

It is the largest aquarium in the Middle East and its fauna is cared for by a team of 80 marine experts. There are also animal encounter experiences like with puffins or stingrays as well as a glass bridge walk experience and a Bu Tinah Dhow tour with a glass bottom boat.

The bridge

The 8,000 square meter wellness area spans four floors with a gym, spa, restaurant, juice bar, nutrition corner, boutique, indoor running track and garden on the roof. More than just a fitness destination, The Bridge aims to merge all aspects of wellness into a lifestyle through a holistic approach by aiming to connect people through seven specialized offerings: Move, Break, Taste , Choose, Research, Develop and Learn.

Al-Qana Marina

Take in views of the Abu Dhabi skyline from the sparkling Al Qana Marina. Water sports enthusiasts and yacht owners can enjoy the scenic location which can accommodate up to 106 boats. However, it is not just for boating and yachting enthusiasts, as there are also many restaurants, cafes and lounges around the marina.

Grand supermarket

Spanning over 1,264 square meters, Grandiose Supermarket is a community-minded gourmet dining concept with a food hall, where there are live cooking stations that include fresh pizza, pasta, sandwiches and shawarmas.

Visitors can expect a culinary hub, with everything from a cafe to a bakery, plus a charcuterie and cheese section.

Cinema City

Although not yet open, Cinemacity will house one of the largest cinema screens in the capital, one of which is 26 meters wide.

There will be 15 screens which will host a number of cinematic experiences such as City Max (3D), VIP Cinema and a children’s cinema. It will accommodate up to 9,000 moviegoers and will show local, Hollywood and Bollywood films.

pixel

Pixel is set to become Abu Dhabi’s largest esports and VR gaming complex when it opens and it will cater to families, gamers and tech enthusiasts.

It will also house the region’s first certified esports academy with a mission to highlight the importance of responsible gambling. The hub will host tournaments as well as an arcade area that will be run by players for players.

Adrenaline Adventure

The family activity space will include a large indoor park as well as a number of activities for children, such as foam pits, parkour, zip lines, wall-running and a dodgeball court.

The space is all about interaction and immersion, as well as creating a safe environment for children and adults to exercise and test their skills.

Cafes and kiosks

There are a number of places to stop for a quick break or a quick bite to eat. Al Qana cafes include La Ballena, art cafes Tazal and Notorious Cafe, and Cartel Coffee Roasters, known for its specialty coffee.

Coming soon are Space Cafe and Joud Coffee, as well as Puffs Coffee Bar (the first coffee bar module in the Middle East) and Tjaarz, a multi-concept space.

On-site kiosks include Turkish Cuisine Mado, Gelato Divino, Baklawaa, AD Cafe, and Nomad Cafe, with a nice spot near the water. Phantom Karak, ChocoFruits and Frites, for potato lovers, are also worth a visit for a quick bite. Meanwhile, Fifty Fifty is for those who love Emirati cuisine, sweets and specialty coffee.

Restaurants

For those who want to sit down and dine, Al Qana also offers a variety of restaurants that cater to all tastes. Otoro offers modern Japanese, while Taste Restaurant and Andi Bar cater to those who prefer to eat organic.

Other restaurants that have yet to open include Mediterranean fine dining concept Oii, traditional bakery Simitci Dunyasi, contemporary steakhouse Arokazi Steak Inn, seafood favorite Pinky Fish and Grand Beirut, offering dishes traditional lebanese.

Stores

Al Qana’s shops include the Maison Mallow beauty salon, a Medicina pharmacy and the Fonce artisan chocolate factory.

Other activities

Enjoy an abra ride around the Grand Canal for 50 Dh. No reservation is required, the walks leave from pontoon H and only card payments are accepted. The rides run from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m.

There will also be more water sports activities including kayaking, stand-up paddling and pedal boating to come.

Updated: 04 April 2022, 04:21

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