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The Past joins the Present while Travelling to Zanzibar

Travelling to Zanzibar won't mean you'd be the first to cross this land! Assyrians, Chinese, Dutch, Egyptians, English, Indians, Omani Arabs, Phoenicians, Persians, Portuguese and Sumerians, have all lived here at some time or another.

The Sultan of Oman moved the seat of his empire to this idyllic paradise. The earliest visitors to Zanzibar were Arab traders who are said to have arrived in the 8th century. The earliest building, the mosque at Kizimkazi, dates from 1107. For centuries, the Arabs sailed from Oman to trade in ivory, slaves and spices. Being small and easy to defend, the two main islands, Unguja (Zanzibar Island) and Pemba, provided an ideal base for the Omani Arabs. From here they could control 1,000 miles of the mainland coast from Mozambique to Somalia. In 1832, Sultan Seyyid Said, of the Busaid Dynasty, moved his Sultanate from Muscat to Zanzibar, where he and his descendants ruled for over 130 years. Most of the wealth lay in the hands of the Arab community, who were the main landowners.

In AD 975, Abi Ben Sultan Hasan of Shiraz in Persia (now Iran) had a nightmare, in which a rat devoured the foundations of his house. He took this as an omen that his community was to be devastated. Others in the Shiraz Court ridiculed the notion, but Sultan Hasan, his family and some followers took it seriously and decided to migrate. They set out into the Indian Ocean in seven dhows, but were separated in a storm. Thus, landfalls were made at seven different places along the East African coast, one of which was Zanzibar, and settlements began.

Intermarriage between Shirazis and Africans gave rise to a coastal community with distinctive features and the Swahili language. (From the Arab word sawahil, meaning 'coast'). Indian traders arrived for spice and ivory and quickly settled as shopkeepers, traders, skilled artisans, and professionals. The British became involved in missionary and trading activities in East Africa, and attempting to suppress the slave trade centred in Zanzibar.

Breezes Beach Club

Fascinating history, exotic spices, sandy beaches and hospitable people ... this is the enchantment of travelling to Zanzibar. The place to discover it is at Breezes Beach Club.

This beautiful five-star resort is situated along a pristine, untouched beach stretching as for as the eye can see. With personalized service, attention to detail and warm hospitality, Breezes is as traveller's home away from home. We offer our guests a wide variety of facilities without compromising the personalized and relaxed atmosphere which has become synonymous with the name "Breezes".

Stroll on a white sandy beaches, dine in candlelight overlooking the ocean, fall asleep to the sound of the waves, learn Swahili in the shade of the palm trees, savour the taste of exotic spices and delicacies from the Indian Ocean and enjoy an excellent variety of dining and recreational facilities. At Breezes you will revisit days gone by and discover Zanzibar's magic in luxury and comfort. We promise you a holiday with a personal touch and we will ensure that your visit to this fascinating island is a memorable one.

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