Running from 15th to 24th October in Al Dhafra Region, Abu Dhabi
The first edition of the Liwa Dates Festival and Auction will run from 15th to 24th October in the Liwa City, Al Dhafra region in Abu Dhabi.
The event is under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Ruler’s Representative in Al Dhafra Region.
Organised by the Cultural Programmes and Heritage Festivals Committee. The Festival aims to transfer knowledge and exchange expertise between farmers to grow the best and finest types of palms and fruits.
It falls within the heritage and agricultural events and activities held nationwide to promote the Emirati heritage. Supporting indigenous products and enhance the nation’s food security system.
The Liwa Dates Festival and Auction serves as a platform specialised in marketing and selling locally-grown species of dates as well as date products widely cultivated across the world to exchange expertise between farmers worldwide on the latest agriculture methods.
The Festival reflects the strategy of the Cultural Programmes and Heritage Festivals Committee in Abu Dhabi. This is inspired by the visionary thoughts of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan to preserve the ancient Emirati heritage and its sustainability.
The Founding Father paid a lot of attention to date palm plantations, given its close bond with the development drive.
The Festival plans to leverage the cultural heritage of Abu Dhabi, advance the emirate’s development as a world-class, sustainable destination of distinction and enhance their cultural footprint.
The Festival will feature the International Dates Village along with prominent activities, such as
- Dates competitions on the most beautiful fruit basket
- The most beautiful heritage sculpture
- The model farm
They will be organised in the Festival Arena, which will be one of the most vibrant venues in the annual event to host corporate, social and private activities. This includes
- Date Product Packaging Competition
- The International Date
- Moringa Peregrina Oil Competition
- Photography Competition
This aims to raise awareness of the importance of agriculture and various heritage activities.