With prizes totalling AED 4.2 million (US$1.15m), the 8th Liwa Date Festival
(July 12 – 18, Al Gharbia) will feature a rich selection of heritage-related activities and its signature Ratab Beauty Competition. Ratab is a sought-after half-ripe date which comes in seven types.
Festival goers can also view a ‘Best Heritage Show’ contest, as well as competitions for the ‘Best Mangoes’ and ‘Best Lemons’ in the local and mixed categories. These will be complemented by a date cooking competition, handicrafts contest and other cultural and heritage-related activities.
The festival will also feature a souk and bazaar selling handicrafts made by more than 300 Emirati families as well as a Children’s Corner with a selection of educational and entertaining activities.
A recent official study confirmed the UAE as the world’s leading date exporter, with control over 33 per cent of world exports, amounting to 266,000 tonnes going to over 30 countries.
For more information, please visit liwadatesfestival.ae