International date palm fest moves to Abu Dhabi
Abu Dhabi, September 23, 2010
The fourth edition of the International Date Palm Festival, formerly hosted in Al Ain, will now take place in Abu Dhabi from November 22 to 27.
The festival is organised by Turret Media in collaboration with UAE University, Khalifa International Date Palm Award and Date Palm Friends Society.
The festival is held in association with the key strategic partner Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority and is also supported by Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage.
“The proliferation of various date products evidences that the traditional fruit is regarded with great favour due to its unique taste and cultural value,” said Mohamed Jalal Al Reyaysa, director of Communication, Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority.
In an all new format fully oriented towards consumers, the 6-days festival demonstrates a wide-range of activities.
Manufacturers and processors will stage an extensive display of date varieties. The heritage display will exhibit national handicrafts and other by-products made from date palm leaves. One can also expect different variations of tribal dance and poetry; and the date cuisine offering recipe ideas, healthy tips and knowledge of the cultural heritage of the date palm.
Moreover, scientific journals, specialised film shows, and an expressive art and photography exhibition will further complement the cultural extravaganza.
“UAE has entered the Guinness Book of World Records as the country with the largest number of date palm trees amounted to 42 million,” said Dr Abdelouahhab Zaid, head of the Organising Committee, director and chief technical advisor of Date Palm Research Unit Dept. UAE University, and secretary general of Khalifa International Date Palm Award.
The festival will also identify rare varieties of the dates, the present situation of date cultivation, modern farming methods and local and international marketing.
“With delicious dates, exceptional exhibits, thrilling and exciting edutainment, the festival promises to be filled with fabulous family fun for everyone,” added Qaboos Khalid, director of the festival, Turret Media.-TradeArabia News Service