The festival, now in its tenth year, is the region’s premier celebration of date production and the varied products this desert fruit is now lending itself to. A fascinating insight into many desert traditions, the festival includes a date beauty contest with total prize money of around AED 5 million, a date auction, and educational sessions on how to care for palm trees. There are also competitions for the best lemons and mangoes; a heritage show runs alongside the event.
For the first time, the event features a new competition - The Fruits of the House, with a total prize purse of AED 100,000 (US $ 27,250). Various fruits such as grapes, figs, pineapple, pomegranate and grapefruit - all originating from participants’ gardens - are allowed to take part.
The Festival is open daily after the breaking of the fast (Iftar), from 8pm to 1am.
Jun 05, 2014 to Aug 31, 2014
The emirate is set for its most exciting, fun and show-packed summer season to date.
Oct 30, 2014 to Nov 08, 2014
The original Broadway musical spectacular in its first-ever international tour
Nov 05, 2014 to Nov 08, 2014
Nov 20, 2014 to Nov 23, 2014