Reem living

Reem living

Cross over to reem island

Answer the call of the sea and the city, from the new heart of the capital. Reem Island offers a fulfilling cosmopolitan lifestyle, with a bounty of dining outlets, cafés, malls, beaches, schools, and more. The natural island is also surrounded by the cultural and financial centres of Saadiyat and Al Maryah Islands, while being minutes away from downtown Abu Dhabi.

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Saadiyat Island:

Home of art and culture

Saadiyat Island is Abu Dhabi’s new hub for local and international art. Home to the Louvre Abu Dhabi, and with plans for the Zayed National Museum and Guggenheim in Abu Dhabi in the works.

Saadiyat Island

Al Maryah Island:

Where business meets leisure

Home to Abu Dhabi’s International Financial Centre and the world-class Cleveland Clinic, Al Maryah is also host to an exceptional selection of first-class dining venues, five-star hotels and designer boutiques.

Al Maryah Island

Taste of zuma with

Pawel Kazanovski

Executive Chef
of Middle East & Turkey

What’s your favourite thing to do in Abu Dhabi?

Abu Dhabi is a city that has much to offer. There are a wide variety of great local and international restaurants. There are also many great festivals and events and I really enjoy the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair. I love playing football most of all though.

Taste of zuma with

Pawel Kazanovski

Executive Chef
of Middle East & Turkey

What’s next for Zuma? How do you see it evolving?

Zuma as a group is always evolving. We have just opened Zuma in Las Vegas which is the newest addition to our global family, so we are always looking to be in the most exciting and vibrant cities. We always strive to deliver the best product and services at all of our Zuma restaurants across the world and it is no different for us here at Zuma Abu Dhabi. Our ability to consistently deliver amazing dining experiences for our guests has been an important factor in our evolution, but it’s also important to keep pushing the boundaries and innovate to keep people coming time and time again.

Taste of zuma with

Pawel Kazanovski

Executive Chef
of Middle East & Turkey

What are your inspirations when creating Zuma’s signature dishes?

I believe our dishes must contain three key elements; good taste, fresh ingredients and they must be beautiful in their presentation. I get inspired when creating our signature dishes from understanding the roots of Japanese cuisine and Japanese culture. As a chef I love to travel and experience different food styles, meet interesting people and immerse myself in the different culinary scenes. This helps my creative process when it comes to developing new signature dishes. Our founder Rainer Becker is always behind us with support and encouragement when it comes to the creative process at Zuma.

Taste of zuma with

Pawel Kazanovski

Executive Chef
of Middle East & Turkey

Do you like to incorporate local or regional ingredients in your menus?

As a Japanese restaurant we import many of our ingredients from the best Japanese suppliers and also a wide range of international markets. Regional ingredients also play an important role in our kitchens. We use the best suppliers in the UAE for many different ingredients. For example, we use the most amazing tomatoes grown here in the UAE. Our Tomato and Eggplant Salad is a dish that when tried is unforgettable.

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A contemporary urban park will be steps away, brimming with attractions including gardens, a skate park, an adventure trail, a mosque, a beach, open-air restaurants and much more. This isn’t just where the capital comes together, it’s the space where the city reinvents itself.

Monumental Ideas with

Idris Khan

Artist

How did you approach creating a sculpture the magnitude of Wahat Al Karama?

I found it liberating. It allowed me to be free and take on the landscape. My art deals with memory. I have always created art that has a level of contemplation and spirituality. I always believe that an artwork should feel immersive and emotional, so I used this level of understanding in this memorial. This work is unique. I have never made anything at this scale before. I have never made anything with this level of material before. There is nothing quite like this in the world.

Monumental Ideas with

Idris Khan

Artist

What makes open-air sculptures so special and iconic?

Making a sculpture in the public realm is more about collaboration. Many different disciplines coming together to make a huge object; it is a phenomenal effort. The memorial was made internationally. The aluminium was cast and painted in Australia and China, the steel in the UAE. The glass for the sculpture in the pavilion was made in Germany. The amount of project managing and the attention to detail on the monument has been amazing. To bring this project together in eight months was astonishing and that is what makes it special, you can see and feel the amount of effort the sculpture has taken. This artwork now forms part of the imagination of a nation.

Monumental Ideas with

Idris Khan

Artist

What inspires you the most about our home, Abu Dhabi?

I love its passion for art and culture - it's the intrigue into bringing the most interesting minds together in one place. I find it inspiring to see its growth without boundaries.

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