Liwa Date Festival 2016: discover what’s new this year
The Emirati heritage festival, runs from today July 20 until July 30, and will award 220 prizes worth Dh6 million to the winners of a range of heritage, cultural, art and farm produce competitions, including the producers of the best dates, lemons and mangoes. Moreover, Instagram will be the absolute novelty of the Festival this year.
The Festival is held under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs and organised by the Cultural Programmes and Heritage Festivals Committee – Abu Dhabi.
The Festival has turned into a major event on the calendar of the annual tourist festivals in Al Gharbia region, Abu Dhabi emirate and it attracts about 70,000 tourists and visitors.
The Festival aims to stimulate the Western Region’s economy. One of its top priorities is to encourage farmers to produce better quality fruit to gain local and international recognition.
All the activities and competitions are held to celebrate the various customs and traditions of the country and preserve its intangible heritage, most notably the palm tree, which occupies an eminent position in authentic Emirati heritage and the collective memory of the Emirati society.
The palm is a symbol of the history and culture of Arab society, in general, and Emirati society in particular.
According to the United Nations, the UAE has planted about 22 million palm trees over the past few decades. The UAE also holds a leading position among more than 40 countries in the production and export of dates.
The most interesting attractions of the festival are:
–The Traditional market
–The Children’s Village: where different activities are organized to children of all ages
–Photography Competition: where everybody can send pictures with Instagram using smarthphones
–Al Ratab Beauty contest,
-Best lemons Competition
–Fruit basket Competition
–Model Farm Competition
–Best Mangoes Competition
-Best Heritage Model Competition