Top 12 places to go at Yas Bay Waterfront, Abu Dhabi

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Miral company is planning to launch the brand new entertainment project of Yas Bay Waterfront, which is also part of Yas Island. The highly anticipated project will consist of low and mid-rise residential buildings, bars, restaurants, entertainment and shopping areas for everyone to experience. The Yas Bay Waterfront is under the management and leadership of Sheikh Khalid ibn Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Executive Office and the UAE Executive Committee, and is part of the capital's tourism development strategy. In this article, we will look at the establishments that will be part of Yas Bay.

The best establishments on the Yas Bay Waterfront

A total of around 37 restaurants and bars plan to open in the Yas Bay Waterfront project, including the Mexican restaurant La Carnita and the Daikan Ramen eatery. We have prepared details about all three of these establishments.

Daikan Ramen

Daikan Ramen is an authentic Japanese dinner and is one of the most popular Japanese dining establishments in Dubai. Here you can enjoy a traditional Japanese dish – Japanese ramen with hio or miso. The restaurant's chefs know the special secret of Asian noodles and multicomponent broth that make the signature dishes of this diner so special.

La Carnita

La Carnita is a fun venue serving traditional Latin American and Mexican cuisine withthe origin of the idea for this establishment based in Toronto. Dubai already has one La Carnita restaurant which is located in the popular tourist area of Dubai Marina at the 5-star InterContinental hotel. But with the opening of Yas Bay, now Abu Dhabi will now also house this restaurant.

According to the owner of the restaurant Hamdan Al Khafaji, the restaurant in the capital will have warm artificial lighting, terracotta decorative walls in a hacienda-style, a bar with a degustation area with agave-based drinks and a raw bar with a wide selection of traditional Latin American snacks from raw pickled fish – ceviche. The capital's restaurant will be distinguished by a more concise interior, sound accompaniment and a carefully thought-out menu. The interior and exterior designer for La Carnita is by the popular Canadian designer Ian Rydberg of Solid Design Creative.

Akiba Dori

The establishment is the branch of the eclectic Japanese restaurant Akiba Dori which includes a menu of modern Japanese dishes and a pizzeria. Akira Dori's first restaurant is located in the Design District, Dubai.

The restaurant which is located on Yas Bay’s Pier 71 had its opening ceremony in September 2021. It is designed in a traditional Tokyo style with neon stripes, bright geometric elements with a terrace and gorgeous sea views.

The Lighthouse

A very striking addition to the Yas Bay Waterfront is the handmade souvenir shop called The Lighthouse Restaurant & Concept Store which is licensed to serve up to 145 guests. The venue is planned to open at the end of 2021.

The Concept Store offers exclusive accessories from Los Angeles-based fashionable jewelry accessory house M.Cohen. The Lighthouse is the exclusive distributor of M.Cohen Boy Smells scented candles throughout the UAE. There is also a huge selection of books, handmade souvenirs and perfumes.

The first restaurant and concept store of The Lighthouse was opened by Hashem Montasser and Hani Bassiouni in Dubai Design District, otherwise known as D3 back in 2017. Since then the company have opened a second venue in Mall of the Emirates. The restaurant in Yas Bay will be the third branch of the establishment in the UAE.

The restaurant's menu offers a wide selection of international cuisine and incredible coffee. The restaurant has a concept of healthy eating and creativity in cooking. Vegetarian dishes will also be presented here.

Hunter & Barrel

Hunter & Barrel Restaurant is an Australian steakhouse with a varied menu and affordable pricing – one sirloin steak will cost from AED 120 (USD 32.6). Here, in addition to classic steaks, you can taste savory chicken wings, fried Shrimp and spicy squid with various types of sauces. The peculiarity of the preparation of all dishes is the use of charcoal.

The first Hunter & Barrel branch is already operating in Dubai and is located in the residential area of ​​Emirates Hills. What's On magazine’s verdict of the establishment is that it's a cozy and modern establishment with a distinctive feature in the interior – a large-scale bar counter made of solid oak.


The idea to open this restaurant originated in Cannes, was by two world-renowned culinary experts; Chef Pierre Gagnaire and Nicole Ruby, who popularized the famous LaPetite Maison restaurant.

The restaurant specializes in light gourmet Mediterranean cuisine and the menu features dishes using seasonal ingredients. The house specialties include Bavarois cauliflower, Nicole stuffed vegetables, lamb shoulder with spices and pizza Paradiso.

The botanical theme of the restaurant concept goes hand-in-hand with the preparation of local dishes and drinks. There are plant motifs everywhere – the green tint of the walls, reminiscent of olive leaves, capers and sage. The restaurant is decorated with rattan, brass, ceramic tiles, Sicilian stone, silk and velvet. The designers of the restaurant are the Italian architectural company Vudafieri-Saverino Partners, who performed the visual design of the spacious terrace and the cozy common area of the restaurant.

Asia Asia

Another unique establishment in the Yas Bay Waterfront is the pan-Asian restaurant, Asia Asia. This is a project of the Dubai-based company Solution Leisure Group, which is known for its successful establishments in the field of hospitality, including Lock Stock & Barrel and STK, and was also awarded the biggest accolade in the UAE's food and entertainment industry – the What's On award.

The restaurant has an exciting atmosphere and a first-class blend of the Middle Eastern and Asian flavors that makes it a very popular destination in Dubai, which will no doubt be mirrored in Abu Dhabi.

The Central

Along with catering establishments, other entertainment venues are planned to open at Yas Bay Waterfront. One of them is The Central entertainment center which is a complex with slot machines, air hockey and various simulators for visitors to enjoy. Retro eateries with American cuisine will also be designed here.

Lock, Stock & Barrel

The establishment is one of the most famous concert bars in Dubai. Various live performances, large-scale parties and broadcasts of sporting events will regularly take place here. In addition to this establishment, 3 of the same bars are already operating in Dubai in the active areas of Dubai Barsha Heights, JBR and Business Bay. There is a very high attendance here as the venue is so popular, which, according to forecasts, will not be inferior to Abu Dhabi.

The bar will feature a spacious stage for the performances of live musicians, a dance floor, and a varied international menu which features their famous meter-high tortillas.

The Trilogy by Buddha Bar AKA Siddharta, Zeera & Bushra

This is a new establishment created by Capital Monitor. The Trilogy by Buddha Bar AKA Siddharta, Zeera & Bushra is a luxurious rooftop lounge bar overlooking the Arabian Gulf. The bar menu will feature a varied cocktail menu and a balanced Mediterranean menu.The Siddharta lounge Grosvenor House, Dubai Marina has incredible views of the marina and The Palm.

Cafe Del Mar

By the end of 2021, Capital Monitor plans to open another ambitious project – Cafe Del Mar, which will be located on the territory of the Hilton Hotel. The idea behind Cafe Del Mar is an artificial floating beach which will host constant parties and laconic cuisine. Capital Monitor creator Mario Samaha announced that Cafe Del Mar will become a global entertainment center.

Cafe Del Mar has been operating for over 40 years and has organized a huge number of parties with quality service and hospitality, with many popular DJs having previously performed here. There are similar establishments in Tenerife, Phuket, Spain, Ibiza and now in the UAE.

Emmy Squared

The iconic New York pizzeria Emmy Squared will join the long list of famous restaurants in Yas Bay. Its opening is scheduled for the end of 2021 and will welcome UAE residents and visitors to enjoy the taste of the famous Detroit-style pizza, which has a square shape, crispy bottom, caramelized "frico" cheese crust and signature strips of sauce.

The Emmy Squared brand is only 5 years old but already has 13 branches in the southeastern part of the United States. The pizzeria's popularity is due to its skillful combination of delicious innovative pizza and traditional pizza with red and white toppings, including Big Ang (pizza with Ricotta, homemade tomato sauce, meatballs and banana peppers) or Colony² (classic pepperoni with pickled jalapenos and honey).

In addition to pizza, the restaurant also offers spicy wings, signature burgers and cocktails. Gothamist's Best New Burger in New York was honored with a Le Big Matt to double burger and it was entered the Top 20 Best New York Burger by The Infatuation.

Features of the Yas Bay project

The Yas Bay Waterfront Project is a 13.9 million sq.ft active entertainment area. The location of the huge development is on Yas Island, which is one of the most popular resorts in Abu Dhabi. The Project provides a large number of resort facilities and establishments, including a collection of restaurants and cafes, 2 elite-level hotels, 19 retail outlets, the Etihad Arena sports arena (accommodates up to 18,000 people), various entertainment facilities, and a beautiful waterfront area.

More than USD 1.1 billion was invested in the project and it is part of the Yas Island entertainment infrastructure development programme, which has already contributed USD 3.6 billion to the capital.

Muhammad Khalifa Al Mubarak, CEO of Miral, said there have already been many successes in the Yas Bay project in Abu Dhabi.
Yas Bay is not only an entertainment district, it houses a limited collection of premium residences as well. There are 35 plots for low and mid-rise residential buildings, which will cover 3 clusters – The Waterfront, The Residence and twofour54 with a capacity of about 15,000 residents. The income on local real estate is 6%-6.9% and Yas Island is one of the most popular jurisdictions in Abu Dhabi which has enjoyed great success among tourists and foreign investors.

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