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’20th Anniversary Celebration at Liwa Festival’

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The 20th edition of the Liwa Date Festival, a revered cultural celebration in Abu Dhabi, is set to take place this summer from July 15th to 28th in Liwa City, Al Dhafra. This two-week event organized by the Abu Dhabi Heritage Authority promises an immersive experience into Emirati heritage, with a special emphasis on the region’s famous dates.

Visitors can look forward to a bustling marketplace highlighting the abundance of dates from the Al Dhafra region, including fresh and preserved varieties available for tasting and purchase. Additionally, locally grown fruits and artisanal goods will be on display for attendees to enjoy.

In addition to the delectable dates, the festival will feature a rich program of cultural events and entertainment. Competitions honoring traditional practices, such as the judging of the best date and fruit produce (“mazayna”) and recognition of outstanding model farms, will be showcased. Emirati crafts will also take the spotlight, with demonstrations and exhibitions showcasing the intricate techniques of weaving, pottery, and other traditional handicrafts.

Families are sure to enjoy the dedicated children’s village at the festival, offering a range of educational and entertaining activities for younger visitors to learn about Emirati culture and traditions in a fun way. Live music and performances by local artists and folkloric groups will further enrich the festival experience.

Not only a celebration of Emirati culture and heritage, the Liwa Date Festival also plays a vital role in boosting the economy of the Al Dhafra region. The influx of visitors during the festival period supports local businesses and showcases the region’s agricultural production. The Abu Dhabi Heritage Authority collaborates closely with local date farmers to ensure their products are well-represented at the festival, fostering community pride and economic growth.

With its focus on tradition, Emirati culture, and the region’s beloved dates, the upcoming Liwa Date Festival promises to be a memorable event for all attendees. As anticipation builds for its milestone 20th year, visitors can expect a delightful and enriching experience celebrating the heritage and traditions of the UAE.

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