A Taste of Dubai History: Traditional Emirati Food at Al Fanar

Hashem Al Marzouqi had a dream to serve Emirati history on a plate. His dream became a reality when his first Al Fanar restaurant opened in Dubai in 2011. Since then, his family brand has grown to nine branches, spanning from Dubai to London, contributing to the globalisation of Emirati cuisine.

Branches are designed like mini museums. The latest branch, Al Fanar Seafood Market, set alongside picturesque Al Barsha Pond Park, was inspired by Al Jazirat Al Hamra, an Emirati island village abandoned in the 1960s. Frozen in time, Al Jazirat Al Hamra’s crumbling coral dwellings, discarded furniture and rusting kerosene lamps preserve a picture of life before oil, just

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