Ajman: The 7th Edition of Liwa Ajman Dates and Honey Festival is all set to begin on the 5th of August at the Emirates Hospitality Centre in Ajman
Organized by the Ajman Department of Tourism Development, this year’s event is targeting 400+ participants with an aim to enhance the palm trees as a symbol of the authentic Emirati heritage, and continue the pioneering journey set by the founder of the UAE, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, to preserve and invest in the palm trees.
The 3-day Festival will host several events and experiences which aim to revive the old Emirati customs and traditions, all within a festive atmosphere full of fun and exciting activities suitable for all family members.
VARIED EVENTS & COMPETITIONS
Apart from the display of the finest dates produced in the UAE, the Festival has also facilitated competitions for choosing the best dates, honey, citrus fruits, lemon, mango, and almonds, along with traditional food contests to encourage local productions and support famers in preserving agriculture.
The Festival will also organize several educational lectures and seminars on the importance of agriculture in general, and the status of the palm tree in the Emirati heritage in particular and the various ways to produce the finest local honey.
The venue will have children’s area which are specifically designed to educate kids about the various methods to plant and maintain palm trees and entice them to adopt this profession through a set of educational and interactive workshops.
The events also include Emirati folk performances and the traditional market where a large area has been allocated for families to promote their products, in addition to homemade craft houses that introduce the visitors to the traditions and history of the UAE. Ajman Tourism is also keen on diversifying these events and activities that accompany the festival to attract more visitors, of which are organizing an auction for antiques on the first day of the festival, and daily auctions for selling dates and honey.
The Festival includes exclusive platforms for plantations to showcase the alternative solutions and latest practices and techniques in the fields of alternative agriculture, irrigation, and types of fertilizers that greatly serve the process of improving food security and sustainability of the agricultural sector in the country.
Sheikh Abdulaziz bin Humaid Al Nuaimi, Chairman of the Ajman Department of Tourism Development remarked about the event.
Sharing her remarks about the Festival, Ms. Khadija Turki, Acting Director-General of the Ajman Department of Tourism Development pointed out that the Liwa Ajman Dates and Honey Festival has succeeded over the past years in improving Ajman’s position as a vital destination for domestic cultural tourism that attracts many tourists to the emirate. It has become a regular event for heritage enthusiasts and people interested in the produce of the UAE and its dates.
“All this was achieved due the continuous efforts and support of Sheikh Abdulaziz bin Humaid Al Nuaimi, Chairman of the Ajman Department of Tourism Development, and the importance of preserving the Emirati cultural heritage, reinforcing the tourism movement, encouraging investments in the agriculture sector, the preservation and sustenance of the palm trees, and promoting the general economy cycle,” Ms. Turki elaborated.
Visitors will be allowed into the Festival ground everyday from 10.00 AM to 10.00 PM on all three days (5-7 August).