In August 2017 Noushad Thottungal and Sharif Parakkal, two young pastry chefs, opened a small pastry shop in Al Riffa close to Mina al Arab. The freshly prepared, handmade cakes and cookies are quite good: They do compare favorably to the products of some of the known franchise outlets.
The two chefs and their team are especially proud of their elaborate cake decors. See @raksweetpalace for a nearly endless display of examples. And while the cakes are typically made per special order, you will still find a (small but fresh) selection of cakes, cookies and pastry to buy straight away. Should you wish for something special, you will find a very engaged and friendly team, that will try its best to make your wish come true.
Service and freshness of course do have their price: The price range is about AED 100 to AED 150 per kilogram for a cake. And unfortunately Sweet Palace is basically a shop and not a cafe. So you can’t really sit down and enjoy a piece of cake on the spot.
For more information or to order a cake call 050 718 1009
Ali Darwish operates a small workshop for ship models. The handmade teak-wood models are available in sizes from 25 cm to two meters. The prices start at 200 AED and will reach several thousand AED for the biggest models.
There is no shop, so you if you want to buy a ship model you have to call first at 056 563 9995.
And if you come to the workshop you might also take a look at the curious mixed collection in Ali Darwisch private museum: From historic firearms and cannons to pottery, coins, locks, tools and so much more. Although the collection is an unstructured mix of things simply pilled together somehow, there are some quite interesting objects in it.
Close to the Acacia Hotel in the Al Hamra industrial zone there is a top class Swiss chocolate manufacture. While the production site itself is quite small, one should not underestimate the class of the chocolatiers. Daniel Hutmacher and his sister Ginette Oberson are true Swiss chocolatiers who have learned their trade in Switzerland. When visiting them one quickly understands that they are innovative chocolate artists thriving for perfection. And they don’t shy away from having their products pitched against leading Swiss chocolate brands.
The Von Gysenstein product lines include several vegan and low calorie chocolates, as well as some sweets that are based on Arabic ingredients like camel milk, Omani Halwa or dates.
While mainly selling to business customers, Von Gysenstein does now sell their products in a newly opened shop in Ras al Khaimah. You can also buy them directly at the “factory” in the Industrial Zone of Al Jazeerah Al Hamra.
All in all the prices are reasonable. You will pay between AED 17 – 35 per 100 gr.
Besides the packaging, which is not as classy as the content it holds, the only thing to be cautious about, is the quite big product range: It might be a bit difficult to make up your mind and choose what you like best.
for the shop: Saturday – Thursday 9 a.m. – 11 p.m.
for the factory: Sunday – Thursday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
RAK Porcelain, a subsidiary of RAK Ceramics, has evolved to the largest Porcelain tableware manufacturer in the Middle East. The factory produces 28 million pieces per year and exports it’s high quality tableware to more than 20.000 hotels in over 140 countries worldwide.
Even though the showroom on the ground floor of the RAKIA building opposite of Al Hamra Mallis is primarily targeted at corporate customers, it also is the only place where one can buy RAK Porcelain as a retail customer. The showroom will be redesigned in the next month to offer an even bigger selection from the vast product range.
The showroom opening hours are Sunday to Thursday from 9:00 to 18:00.