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Abu Dhabi’s annual Liwa Date Festival to take place without visitors this year

One of the significant annual heritage festivals of the Middle East –The Liwa Date festival will see no visitors for this year as well. For the second consecutive year, the festival will be conducted with a limited number of people and restricted activities.

The annual heritage festival, in its 17th year, will be subjected to Covid-19 measures and will take place from July 15 to 23.

Last year, the festival took place amidst strict safety measures and farmers and staff were subjected to COVID-19 tests with various safety measures and no gathering.

Just like last year, this year too, safety protocols need to be followed, informed the organisers and that there would be 22 competitions organised during the festival this year.

The event is an opportunity to highlight the significance of palm trees in Emirati heritage, said Eissa Saif Al Mazrouei, deputy chairman of the Cultural Programmes and Heritage Festivals Committee.

The event that supports local agriculture and encourages the farming heritage, sees thousands of farmers compete in competitions every year, that offers prizes, and the heaviest date branch and the best fruit basket.

Held in the Al Dhafra Region in western Abu Dhabi emirate, the Liwa Date Festival introduces date producers to modern agricultural practices and facilitates the exchange of expertise on the best ways to produce the highest quality date.

Over, 60,000 varieties of dates are typically submitted for scrutiny by a panel of judges to bring out the best. Along with dates, the festival also holds competitions for the best mangoes and lemons.

The festival is also one of Abu Dhabi’s most noteworthy heritage events and tourist attractions that highlights the many ways dates have impacted the cultural, heritage and economic life of the country. The festival gives visitors to know more about dates and to sample the most popular date varieties grown in the UAE.

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