Abu Dhabi’s first café run by special needs staff, baristas opens its doors

The new café serves to empower and support those with disabilities. Photo: Shutterstock
Updated 18 November 2019

Abu Dhabi’s first café run by special needs staff, baristas opens its doors

  • The country’s first café run entirely by people with special needs has opened its doors in the UAE
  • Located in Abu Dhabi, Bee Café is part of the “Be the Change” campaign

DUBAI: The country’s first café run entirely by people with special needs has opened its doors in the UAE.

A stone’s throw away from Abu Dhabi’s Mafraq Hospital, Bee Café is part of the “Be the Change” campaign led by the Zayed Higher Organization for People of Determination, and serves to empower and support those with disabilities.

In addition to serving fresh roasted coffee and vegan desserts, the homegrown artisan coffee shop also offers specialized training to its staff to ensure that they obtain practical skills in addition to international certificates in the specialty coffee industry whilst improving their welfare by inviting them to provide for themselves and their families through brewing exceptional-quality coffee.  

The “Be the Change” campaign, launched earlier this year, is aimed at changing attitudes toward people with special needs while raising awareness and helping them integrate into the work force.

The café, which is currently in its soft launch phase, boasts a slick and modern interior for enjoying a soothing cup of coffee, in addition to WiFi for those who want to work or study in a cozy, airy space. It is open on weekdays from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. 


What We Are Reading Today: Texas Flood

Updated 10 December 2019

What We Are Reading Today: Texas Flood

AUTHORS: Alan Paul & Andy Aledort

Texas Flood by Alan Paul and Andy Aledort is a phenomenal biography of guitar legend Stevie Ray Vaughan that hits on every level, including interviews with those closest to him.

A review in The New York Times said: “An oral history is only as good as its sources, and Texas Flood is thorough and far-reaching, with Vaughan’s bandmates, crew and family taking center stage.”  It added: “Especially fascinating is Vaughan’s complicated relationship with his older brother, Jimmie,  and Vaughan’s ill-fated role in David Bowie’s band, an apparent big break that he quit because he was told he could not promote his debut album.”

The review said: “If there’s a disappointment in the book, it’s the lack of Vaughan’s own voice. Aledort interviewed him several times during his lifetime, but since those conversations were focused on specific projects, the quotes pulled for Texas Flood don’t leave much impression. Both authors are accomplished musicians and longtime contributors to Guitar World magazine, so occasionally things get a little gear-heavy.”