culture

Liwa Date Festival opens in Ajman

3-day event features more than 50 pavilions displaying the best varieties of local dates

WAM
00:10 August 3, 2017

Ajman: Shaikh Ammar Bin Humaid Al Nuaimi, Crown Prince of Ajman, inaugurated on Wednesday the fourth edition of the Liwa Dates Festival under the patronage of His Highness Shaikh Humaid Bin Rashid Al Nuaimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Ajman.

The three-day event, held at the Emirates Hospitality Centre, consists of more than 50 pavilions that display the best varieties of local dates, as well as several types of citrus fruits, honey and other products on display by participating local farmers.

The festival aims to revive local heritage and celebrate national traditions while granting citizens, residents and guests an opportunity to learn about the importance of palm trees, the agricultural sector and the types of agricultural crops in the UAE.

Shaikh Ammar praised the organisation of the Liwa Dates Festival which shows the understanding of the event’s organisers about the importance of palm trees, which are part of the UAE’s heritage.

Shaikh Ammar stressed the continuous support of the wise leadership, under the presidency of President His Highness Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, for these events can contribute in a positive way to highlight the UAE’s heritage, and teach the nation’s youth about its traditions. He also praised the wise leadership for making the festival succeed in Abu Dhabi, Ajman and other emirates.

He also toured the pavilions and other parts of the exhibition, and met with farmers and participants who are displaying their best examples of dates, citrus fruits and honey.

The event aims to encourage farmers to produce the best and finest types of dates and showcase to tourists Emirati culture. In addition the event seeks to strengthen national identity and encourage the preservation of folk heritage of the UAE.

The event returns to Ajman with an interesting fun filled programmes for citizens, residents and visitors alike.

Visitors can enjoy the taste of dates in the culinary corner, take a stroll through traditional market, and enjoy authentic Emirati hospitality in Majilis,

whilst witnessing the performance of traditional bands. Activities also include auctions and cooking competitions.

The kids’ corner features cultural competitions and art workshops, highlighting the importance of dates and palm trees.