Emirates International Date Palm Festival to Take Place in the Last Week of November
Returning for its sixth annual celebration of the UAEï¿½s culture and heritage, the Emirates International Date Palm Festival will feature a number of activities for families to enjoy and learn the importance of the date fruit in the rich traditions of the region. The programs featured at the event this year include Theatre Performances, Palm Tree Climbing, Date Tree Planting, Kidï¿½s Area, Photo Gallery Competition and Date Tasting.
Organised by Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority (ADFCA), Date Palm Friends Society and Turret Media, the Date Palm Festival is held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Presidential Affairs and Chairman of ADFCA, and will take place from 26 November ï¿½ 1 December 2012 at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC), in Abu Dhabi, UAE.
Mohammad Jalal Al Reyaysa, Chairman of the Higher Organising Committee for the Festival and the official spokesperson for ADFCA, said: "The Date Palm Festival is our way of paying tribute to a significant part of our culture and heritage. At the same time, it is also an occasion for promoting the commercial aspect of the dates industry. The UAE is among the top producers and exporters of dates and dates products in the world. The festival presents a rare opportunity for dates businesses from around the globe to liaise with one another and explore possibilities of cooperation and collaboration," explained.
"We expect to attract well over 18,000 visitors this year. In addition to all our activities, we have a new feature called ï¿½One Golden Ticketï¿½. All the exhibitors participating have provided us with a variety of gifts. People will have to enter their names in a raffle any time during the festival and at the end; one lucky winner will get all the gifts,ï¿½ Al Reyaysa added.
One of the key features at this yearï¿½s festival is the Date Palm Theatre, in which students from schools in Abu Dhabi, Al Ain and the western region will entertain audiences throughout the week with plays, dances, competitions and fashion shows, whilst highlighting the regionï¿½s customs and traditions. This is organized in cooperation with the Abu Dhabi Education Council.
After having a favourable response last year with over 400 saplings planted, the Date Tree Planting feature is set to return giving festival patrons a chance to be a part of history and contribute to enhancing the UAE environment. ADFCA has allocated a specific area in Abu Dhabi where the planted saplings will be nurtured into beautiful date palm trees for future generations to enjoy. Showcasing how Emiratis lived decades ago, parents and children can visit the Heritage Village to learn how the nationï¿½s ancestors lived.
Competitions this year at the Date Palm Festival include the Date Tree Climbing competition and the Photo Gallery competition. Avid climbers will race to the top of the date palm tree to be crowned the UAEï¿½s fastest date tree climber. Furthermore, the artistic vision of photographers will be rewarded as they can submit entries of photographic genius showcasing their individual interpretations of the date fruit or the date palm tree. The photographs will then be displayed during the festival for people to view and experience.
A variety of fun activities will be available for children at the Learning Booth - Kids Area. Children can have their faces painted, learn about the nutritious benefit of the fruit and have a great time playing with other children.
Over 200 exhibitors from 18 countries are confirmed to participate at this yearï¿½s festival. Festival visitors will also be able to taste delicious fruit for several leading exhibitors across the region at the Date Tasting Area. Exhibitors participating this year are confirmed to bring a variety of dates from countries such as the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Morocco, Iraq, Tunisia, Libya and more.
For more information about the Date Palm Festival, please visit: http://www.datepalmfestival.net/