Emirates International Date Palm Festival in Abu Dhabi to Begin on November 21
Participation at the event expected to double from that of last year, with five national pavilions already confirmed
Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority (ADFCA) announced today that Emirates International Date Palm Festival will take place at Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre 21-26 of November, simultaneously with SIAL Middle East, the regional edition of one of the largest food industry exhibitions in the world.
Organized by ADFCA and Turret Middle East, the Emirates International Date Palm Festival will be held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Presidential Affairs and Chairman of Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority.
Spanning 6000 square metres of exhibition space, the Festival is expected to attract around 200 exhibitors from 17 countries. This brings the number of exhibitors to double that of last year. Around 17,000 visitors from the UAE and the region are also expected to visit the exhibition. Five countries will have their own national pavilions: Jordan, Iraq, Oman, Morocco, and Iran. The Festival will also include a host of activities such as date palm climbing, which is considered of the key heritage sport.
Mr. Mohamed Jalal Al Reyaysa, Chairman of the Higher Organizing Committee for the Festival, said, ï¿½We expect that this yearï¿½s Festival will drive huge interest from exhibitors, professionals and visitors alike, owing the tremendous success of previous editions and the new and proactive activities planned. Besides, the Festival provides a unique platform to exchange and share knowledge and experiences amongst producers, experts and key decision makers at date palm industry.ï¿½
The Date Palm Festival will experience ï¿½Testing Date Oasisï¿½ where visitors will have the opportunity to test dates from around the world and know more about them. The amateur competition will allow photographers to present their date palm-centric photos and the best works will be awarded when Festival closes. ï¿½Date Kitchenï¿½, a new activity for this year, will see local and international chefs offering delicious dishes that have date as an ingradient.
The Emirates International Date Palm Festival will also host plays and poetry recitals themed around dates and delivered by school and university students. As part of its endevours to entertain, engage and educate kids, the Festival will have a specialized zone for children where they can enjoy a variety of activities such as free painting, mud works and face painting. Kids will also have the opportunity to know about palm culture and planting where they will be allowed to plant a palm tree and take care of it. Each palm will have the name of that child and at the end of the festival shoots will be collected, implanted in Abu Dhabi and presented to HH Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the UAEï¿½s President, at a big ceremony.
The Festival will have a ï¿½Heritage Villageï¿½ that hosts various heritage and cultural activities with a view to preserve and educate visitors about the traditional lifestyle of the people of this country. The Palm Museum will house cultural hand-crafted palm-themed works from UAE and Gulf museums.