Liwa Date Festival

Date: 2015-06-22
Traditionally, dates are eaten at the beginning of an Iftar meal and, as such, are an important part of the Ramadan rituals. The Liwa Date Festival will celebrate this special fruit and many other aspects of Emirati heritage. The nine-day date festival is held each year in the Western Region of Abu Dhabi. During the celebrations, a total of 220 prizes worth millions of dirhams are awarded to participants. The popular event, now in its 11th year, attracts around 70,000 tourists and visitors, all eager to find out more about dates, palm trees and the importance over the centuries that date farming has had for the UAE.
 
Over the last decade, the country has planted around 22 million palm trees, a massive 20 per cent of the total number of palm trees in the world. The Liwa Date Festival is a reminder of that the UAE works hard to preserve this important historical and national legacy and that local date palm farmers continue to expand and develop the cultivation of many excellent varieties of dates.
 
The Liwa Date Festival runs from 22 to 30 July. Make a note in your diary because this will be a great opportunity to learn more about this unique culture.

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