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Sultan Bin Tahnoon opened Al-Fanar in new Venetian Village at The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi Grand Canal

His Excellency Sheikh Sultan Bin Tahnoon Al Nahyan, Chairman of Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi), has officially opened the distinctive Al-Fanar restaurant and café which brings Emirati flavours to the new Venetian Village at The Ritz Carlton Abu Dhabi Grand Canal.

Al-Fanar, themed by its Principal Hashem Al Marzouqi, to provide fine dining in a nostalgic ambiance of the Emirates in days gone by, serves up authentic Emirati cuisine with the freshest of salads, fish, seafood and meats.

Complete with barasti outdoor booths, mud brick rooms and a mini souk, Al-Fanar, brings the past bang into the present in its themed representation of an old UAE neighbourhood.

“The atmosphere is tremendous,” said Sheikh Sultan. “I want to congratulate Hashem on a restaurant and café which is already the talk of the Abu Dhabi community and will fast evolve into a tourist attraction.

“As I sat down for lunch, the memories came flooding back, there’s so much here that evokes the best of the past.”

The brainchild of Hashem Al Marzouqi, a mechanical engineer-turned heritage theme designer, Al-Fanar seats 320 for lunch and dinner and is set to become a focal point of the Venetian Village, which is a stylish dining destination in a scenic, waterfront setting.

“Abu Dhabi was a natural progression for our Al-Fanar concept which began in Dubai because of the UAE capital’s passion for Emirati heritage and culture and the way it is leveraging this in its tourism promotion,” said Hashem. “We have been given an excellent reception here and we are already looking at additional outlets in the emirate – with Al Ain now firmly in our sights.”

For more information please contact:

Mariam Ibrahim Al Hashemi
Public relation Executive
Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi)
+971 2 4181165