In the video..Hashem Al-Marzouki .. Projects that revive the heritage and cuisine of the Emirates

From a project aimed at proving the status of the Emirates cuisine, Hashem Al Marzouki entered the phase of working with the Emirates heritage through his new project, which he launched for the restaurant “Al Fanar” in Dubai, inspired by the island of Al Hamra in Ras Al. Khaimah, which contains more than 550 pieces of heritage that Al Marzouki collected is from the United Arab Emirates and a number of other countries, with a history dating back more than 70 years. Through the new project, Al Marzouki offers an opportunity for citizens and residents to return to the beautiful time with its heritage, tools and all its belongings, in a carefully designed atmosphere to ensure an extraordinary journey through the tales of past.

Al-Marzouqi told Emirates Today: “I have decided to open the largest seafood restaurant in the Emirates inspired by the Red Island in the Ras Al Khaimah Emirates, and divided into the fish market and the section (Sardal House), which is the well-known section of the ship’s captain, except (fishing village), “which dates back to the early eighties, and the decor was designed with features that perfectly match the features of traditional and island houses, all the details are taken from this island. ”

Al-Marzouqi stressed that he took care of all the details in the country, as he wants to introduce people to the cuisine of the Emirates as well as the heritage, the life of the Emirates and the way of architecture. inheritance.

Al-Marzouki collected many antiques, tools and pieces of heritage, from the Emirates and a group of countries, and indicated that he took some parts from London and other places open to the Emirates, which were influenced by them from a cultural point of view. , including India, especially since all these ancient parts were similar between these countries. The age of some parts he bought from abroad goes up to 90 years, while some parts of the Emirates date back to the fifties of the last century. Al Marzouki took them from the old markets, or bought them from some families, including pieces which were used by households, such as cooking pots, which were designed in the Laundries in the restaurant.

7 states

Al Marzouki collected some vessels and parts from seven countries, but they relate to the heritage of the Emirates, noting that there are no photos and references documenting all parts of the Emirates, but the memory of the older generation is the main reference, and for that he relied on his memory to collect pieces that are similar to those used in the local community and belong to the local community.Popies in the restaurant are shipped to the Emirates, Afghanistan, India, London and Yemen. The number of pieces in the restaurant reaches 550 pieces and they are for sale, as Al-Marzouki considers that offering them for sale gives visitors the opportunity to get acquainted with these collections and the previous form of life, because it is the material used in the life of daily at the time. He pointed out that he was also inclined to place restaurant chairs from different countries, including those taken from a cinema in India, or those he bought from the British Navy, all of which add to the country’s aesthetics and heritage and heritage and the ancient dimension in it. Despite Al-Marzouki’s love for heritage pieces, he has no plans to try out places specializing in heritage pieces yet, as his specialization is in the field of entertainment.

environmental elements

Al-Marzouki was inspired by the country from the Red Island because it has to do with fishing, explaining that building elements on the island have been used, and photos have been displayed and the decor has been applied identically, including the dilapidated ceiling above, in addition to the nature of the stones and floors, while most of the building elements were newly built, but it looks very old, noting that they have adopted the way it has been treated with the construction of museums.

As for the Emirates cuisine, Al Marzouki confirmed that he was inclined to offer what differed from other traditional restaurants through the seafood restaurant, as he left the room for the customer to choose the fish and the way of cooking, regardless of whether it was fried or grilled and allowed him to choose even the spices he wanted to add.On the plate he is creative in choosing his dish, along with the ready-made food menu. He pointed out that the most prominent fish of the Emirates are group, kingfish and spear and are among the young fish that have grown in ponds and differ from marine fish. Al Marzouki considered it necessary for governments to encourage the spread of Emirati culinary culture around the world, because the spread of restaurants goes beyond the issue of trade and achieves the promotion of the country’s culture in general.

Dissemination of Emirati culture

Hashem Al Marzouqi confirmed that the turnout for Al Fanar, which serves food from the Emirates, was 95% of the citizens in the first years of establishment, but then the percentage of non-Emirates started to increase and reached 40%, and this helps spread. the cuisine of the Emirates cuisine as well as the culture of life, customs and traditions. He considered that the details of cuisines around the world are very similar, and due to the trade exchange between the Emirates, India and Iran, these cultures were distinguished by the convergence of each other, but each cuisine has its own privacy. He stressed that he uses social networks to display these cultures and all this culture is promoted, whether food or collection, to attract people.

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