The venue will house 12 food vendors, which will rotate every three months.

Foodies of Abu Dhabi, you’re going to want to hear about this. Yas Mall is now home to a food incubator, where you can sample tasty creations from all over the globe.

What’s a food incubator, you might ask? It’s basically a large space that contains several kitchens, allowing different chefs to hold pop-ups there. It’s kind of like a fancy food court, which new vendors can use to develop their concepts and test them out on the hungry public.

And that’s exactly what you’ll find at Urban RetrEAT, which is bringing together local food vendors from across the UAE in one cool space. From burgers to bubble waffles, sliders to salads, sugar-laden deserts to gluten-free goodies, there’s something for everyone.

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Urban RetrEAT is founded by local foodpreneur, Dana Alsharif, who says the venue will house 12 vendors, to be rotated every three months. It will also host local musicians and artists on a weekly basis.

“We’re developing an space that can act as a hub for the local community and a platform for home-grown food vendors,” Dana explained.

“The constant rotating of vendors offers an ever-changing experience for diners meaning all tastes and palates will be catered for. We are creating a space that’s fun, social and unpretentious and bring something totally different to the Abu Dhabi food scene.”

Here are the first 12 vendors you’ll find at Urban RetrEAT…

Mr. Brisket

A must-try for any burger lover. Pair with cheese fries and a Lotus shake.

Off The Hook

You’ll find fresh seafood at street food prices at this no-frills spot.

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Casa Latina

Venezuelan arepas and cachapas are the star of the show.


Pizza with a tasty Arabic twist.

Tawa Bakery

This Emirati bakery serves up 100 per cent gluten free treats.

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Firefly Burger

This burger joint is famous for its “cheese injection burger”.

Chez Moe

Head here for your specialty coffee fix.

Sukkar Dose

If you’re craving something sweet, you can’t go past the roll-up ice creams or bubble waffles at Sukkar Dose.

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Artisan coloured pasta? We can’t wait to see this one popping up on our Instagram feeds…

Fatteh & Salata

A concept dedicated to the classic Levantine dish made of toasted bread, chickpeas, and tangy yoghurt.

Casa De Churros

A house of churros is our kind of house.

Urban RetrEAT, second floor, Yas Mall, Sun to Thurs 10am to 10pm, Fri 10am to midnight. More info on website.

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