Akemi – Tanzania’s 1st revolving restaurant. A fit of ingenuity, art and science in sync. See more…
Dar’s new attraction
By Giza Mdoe
Whilst Mount Kilimanjaro and the Serengeti plains are bound to remain an adoration of the world, attracting numerous tourists every year, new attractions are increasingly giving Tanzania more foreign and local attention.
Innovation and creativity is the name of the game. Situated on the 21st floor, Akemi is the country’s first revolving restaurant that is attracting new attention to the city. As a restaurant, the food and service are exceptional. As a structure, the architecture is a splendor to behold. A fit of art and science in perfect sync.
It takes an hour to make a complete revolution. This means that every fifteen minutes, you have turned 90 degrees and have a new view of the city, the port, the ocean and beyond. Akemi delights all of your senses. While savoring the tasty delights, the magnificent view allows your imagination to fly and everything is possible.
Situated right in the heart of the city on Ohio street, it is only fitting that The Golden Jubilee Towers, a spectacular building that compliments the city’s growing construction sector, should house the nation’s first and only revolving restaurant at the height of ingenuity.
On the afternoon of monday August 19th, 2013, Akemi’s Manager Priya Kanabar and her team put together a stakeholders’ event. The event attracted key figures from the catering and hospitality industries as well as the financial sectors, development sectors, and significantly members of the Tanzanian tourist board.
“We will hold more of these events … we are proud to serve as a tourist attraction whilst serving the local community as well …” says Kanabar.
She explains that along with the excellent food, Akemi brings out the best of what the city has to offer in both social and business spheres.
Geofrey R Meena from the Tanzania Tourist Board was among the attendees. He believes that creating new products is key to expanding and increasing tourist traffic. While the traditional attractions remain, expansion is required among other things including upgrading services, putting new twists to old attractions, innovating new products and attractions.
Akemi is one such product. An elegant multi-cuisine restaurant that offers a most memorable fine dining experience which is quickly becoming a major city attraction accommodating large and small groups.
Usually, Dar es Salaam as the country’s commercial hub, attracts business personnel and is but a transit city for the tourist. However, new attractions such as Akemi, are slowly turning the city into a tourist destination. “We invite all stakeholders to work with us to attract more business into the city…working together we can turn Dar es Salaam into a tourist destination rather than a stop over,” Kanabar, who has a keen eye for business, taste for good food and a deep appreciation for the arts.
Thanks to her creativity, Priya Kanabar and her team have made Akemi the first choice business lunch meeting venue over a buffet or light snack. At sundown, Akemi is the perfect location for cocktails or a quiet dinner under dimmed lights and live music.
It marks the advent of a new era for the country. One in which technology is embraced and incorporated into day to day social life as it is in finance, manufacturing and other sectors. An era in which people in Tanzanian may enjoy the fruits of an expanding economy, improved social welfare and increased opportunities and an era where anything is possible.