Did you know that the UAE grows over 40 different varieties of dates, including ones the size of eggs? The Al Dhaid Dates Festival is the place to go if you want to try them.
The festival’s eighth season began on Thursday, July 27, and will go until July 30.
Four varieties of mangoes, lemons, papayas, bananas, and other fruits are among the additional produce that local farmers are presenting during the event.
Al Ratab beauty, largest dates branch, best lemons, fig contest, Al Heseel date contest, and most beautiful date basket (reserved only for ladies) are a few of the major competitions. Each category’s awards, which are awarded to contestants, range in value from Dh1,000 to Dh25,000.
The ‘Al Dhaid Fort for Palm Owners’ competition, which is specifically for farmers in Sharjah, is a major addition to the event this year. The goal of this campaign is to recognize the historical importance of the 1750-built Al Dhaid Fort, one of the oldest structures in the central region.
The festival offers information on a wonderful selection of handicrafts and the variety of fruits on show. The dried leaves of date palms and other species are used to create some of the masterpieces. Additionally, there are ornamental items, finely woven baskets, and traditional crafts exhibiting the cultural heritage of the area.
A variety of locally produced honey, including honey made from the Sidr tree’s nectar, also known as the Ziziphus Spina Christi, Lote tree, or Christ’s Thorn, is not to be missed.
Visitors can buy and take home date seedlings to cultivate in their own backyards to round out the experience. They are urged to learn useful information from professionals and cultivate dates on their own.
Visitors at the Al Dhaid Dates Festival booth featuring date plants.