The 19th edition of the Liwa Date Festival will feature more than 20 competitions where hundreds of farmers will win prizes worth Dh8 million, senior officials announced at a press conference.
Under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Vice President, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Presidential Court of the UAE, the festival will be held in Dhafra area from July 17 to 30. held in Watts.
Obaid Khalfan Al Mazrouei, director of planning and program management for the Abu Dhabi Cultural Programs and Heritage Festival Committee, noted that the annual event brings together stakeholders from the agricultural sector.
Al Mazrouei said the aim of the event was to highlight Emirati traditions, support all local products, spread agrarian culture in society, showcase the UAE’s tremendous efforts in promoting sustainable food practices, and encourage community engagement in support of the National Sustainable Development Strategy .
Al Mazrouei revealed that the festival, which coincides with the Year of Sustainability, will host 23 major competitions and distribute 293 prizes worth AED 8.3 million.
Competitions include Best Dates, Fruits, Model Farms, Beautiful Baskets, Heritage Models, and a host of other cultural and heritage competitions and events.
Mubarak Ali Al Qusaili Al Mansouri, Director of Mazayna during the festival, explained that the best date competition will cover the following varieties: Dabbas, Khalas, Fardh, Khenaizi, Buma’an, Shishi, Largest Date Cluster and Khalas Al-Ain. The Fruit Competition will include the following categories: Mango, Lemon, Fig and Local Fruit Baskets.
Al Mansouri noted that registration and participation will be done through the festival’s mobile application, which also provides details on competition terms and conditions, results, latest updates, entry deadlines, and dates set by the organizing committee.
“The general conditions for the fruit competition require that the crops to be entered should be local UAE produce harvested this year from the entrant’s own farm or home garden. In addition, at the time of registration, participants must submit documentation of ownership of the farmland or house. Each person can only participate in two category of fruit competitions, the winning farm or house will be inspected and reviewed by a jury.”
Samira Omar al-Ameri, head of media at the Emirates Heritage Club, said that through its pavilion, the club hopes to highlight the cultural dimension of traditional Emirati handicrafts and how they reflect the particularities of Emirati society.
Al Ameri noted that these workshops include traditional handicrafts related to palm products, such as Sadu and khous, as well as workshops teaching children the art of the Rababa (ancient musical instrument).
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