The Re-opening of Zaman Awal

Al Boom Tourist Village has opened its doors with a new extension, Zaman Awal, it captures the true heritage of Dubai boasting the first commercial dhow to ever set sail down the Creek.

The venue is simply breathtaking, positioned creek-side, the views are unbelievable and so quiet compared to the creek by heritage village. The set-up is also great and I really enjoyed the calm, ambient setting. The first ever commercial Dhow to cruise down the creek, Al Aref, now sits proudly on the land and you can dine inside or explore the museum underneath it which has a collection of authentic artifacts.

The restaurant is huge and the walls are adorned with traditional relics making the place quirky yet authentic.  The chairman explained that most restaurants in Dubai cater to the tourists palette, however Zaman Awal makes dishes the way locals enjoy them. It is one of the few places I have visited in Dubai that has an air of nostalgia and reminds you of days gone by.

Mattar bin Lahej, a local artist that contributed to design elements of the venue said, “Al Boom Tourist Village spans over 6 hectares of land, with this premiere destination sitting in close proximity to the cultural landmarks, Dubai Creek, Wonderland and Garhoud Bridge whilst overlooking the modern architectural icon – The Burj Khalifa, worlds tallest building. In addition to its signature restaurant, the venue offers many other reasons for tourists and locals to visit. Each of these elements have been designed keeping in mind the true artifacts of an Emirati lifestyle and aims to take visitors back in time to the history of our land.

The Freej Village inspired by the famous cartoons has also opened which features the characters amongst heritage sites and retail spaces.

Mohammed Saeed Harib, creator of Freej cartoon. Another interesting addition to the venue is the Dara ship, also known as the Gulfs Titanic. Very few people in the region are aware about the history behind this ship, adding it to the venue will allow people to learn more about the travel history of Dubai. The Dara ship was used for travelling purposes along the Gulf countries and it carried from about 850 to 1000 people, the ship sank in the Persian Gulf in 1961 due to an explosion. Many rescued passengers were brought back to Dubai and were treated for injuries at Al Maktoum Hospital.

Dubai Women’s Association will set up a bazaar with merchandise, further enhancing the true cultural experience for all visitors. You can also take dhow cruises for dinner and touring around the Creek. Sailing in traditional boats is also offered at the venue, offering a full recreational experience for the entire family.

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