Just over two decades ago, Abu Dhabi was a sleepy capital in a young nation. In 1990, there were few – if any – of the modern skyscrapers that line its Corniche today. The Emirates Palace, an iconic billion-dollar hotel and classic first sight-seeing stop, had not yet been constructed. There were no modern shopping malls, and many of the restaurants that were open back then have long since closed their doors.
Isfahan Nights is one exception.
The Persian food restaurant opened in 1990 – just 18 years after the seven Emirates unified to become one nation – making it one of the oldest restaurants in Abu Dhabi. It may have moved locations in 2000, but Isfahan Nights still is an institution.
Too bad there aren’t many customers there.