The iconic Cipriani Yas Island re-opens
From ancient Venice, to Abu Dhabi
One family, four generations and over 80 years of history – the Cipriani name is synonymous with the type of low key, cool glamour that attracts all manner of guests with one thing in common; they like a good time. With outposts from New York and London to Tokyo and more arriving soon in the Middle East when a Dubai locations opens soon, it's clear that the clan have grown what began as a single restaurant into a world-renowned luxury hospitality brand.
That beginning was in 1931, when a long wished-for dream became reality. Giuseppe Cipriani opened the doors to Harry's Bar – named after an American friend who loaned him the money to start his business – in a discreet stone building perched along a canal just off Piazza San Marco in Venice, where he soon created a timeless and impeccably appointed establishment.
His concept was simply to serve others as you would want to be served yourself, a vision of simple luxury that soon began to attract people from all over the world, where everyone was treated like royalty. 'Harry's' began to call the likes of hosting the likes of Ernest Hemingway and Humphrey Bogart regulars... And it became a legend.
The bar is now famous for inventing the Bellini in 1948, before coining the term 'Carpaccio' when serving its signature fine slices of beef... It became known as such an institution that in 2001, the Italian Minister of Affairs declared the humble-in-beginnngs Harry's Bar an official national landmark.
Fast forward to this decade, and the fine brand of Italian hospitality arrives to the UAE at the opening of Cipriani Yas Island in 2010 – a marine-front gem nestled in the heart of Yas Island that has attracted regional glitterati and foodies of Abu Dhabi and Dubai ever since.
After undergoing a major refurbishment alongside the Yas Marina expansion project last year, the spot has now re-opened at the peak of its glory, serving guests just like Harry would have hoped to himself... And the view isn't half bad, either.