20-30‭ ‬July‭, ‬2016
Daily from 4‭ ‬pm to 10‭ ‬pm
Liwa, Western Region
  Al Gharbia Region in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi proudly hosts the 12th edition of Liwa Date Festival, an annual gathering to celebrate the date harvest, Emirati heritage and the agricultural riches of Abu Dhabi. Since its launch, the Festival has been instrumental in transforming the date and palm tree into a symbol of Emirati perseverance in the past, a source of wealth in the present, and a guarantee of prosperity for the future, in line with the guidance of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan (May God bless his soul). By aligning heritage, cultural and economic aspects, the festival supports the efforts of Abu Dhabi to raise the equity of Liwa on the international tourism map. To that end, the Festival increasingly enjoys the generous support of HH Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs.

Highlights

The Traditional Market
One of the key highlights of the Liwa Date Festival is the Traditional Market

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The Traditional Market

One of the key highlights of the Liwa Date Festival is the Traditional Market. It sheds light on Emirati heritage and reinforces the cultural legacy the Emirati ancestors bequeathed to their sons and daughters.

The Liwa Date Festival has gained considerable attention and recognition on account of its increasing role in tourism and economy, and its role in linking the local date and palm tree handicrafts to tourism and economy.

The visitor of Liwa and its festival finds in the market a model of the flourishing oasis decorated with meticulously-woven palm leaves. There, he has a chance to discover all products made of date palm, in addition to date sweets, and Jumar (the milky-white inner part of the tree heart). The visitor can also have a close look at every aspect that is related to the daily life of the Bedouin family and the different crafts, such as Al Sadu (a traditional form of weaving).

The visitor of the Traditional Market will grasp Emirati women’s vital role in the deep-rooted Bedouin economy. From their mothers and grand-mothers, women inherit the efficient techniques needed to use these riches and preserve them for post-harvest times. The visitor will also discover the solidarity between the members of Bedouin families and notice the constant subsistence of tribal unity. The Traditional Market is a continuous local festival in itself. It is, indeed, a perfect platform to share expertise and reproduce entrenched heritage for the benefit of future generations.

 

Conditions & General rules for Participation in the Traditional Market

 

- The participant must respect the deadlines set by the Festival’s Committee (from 4pm to 10pm).

- The participant must stay in his shop from opening time to closure time and has no right to leave his shop in the hands of a worker or a maid.

- The participant must respect the specificity of the festival and its market. He must display only the products that were designated earlier by the organising committee. The organisers have the right to remove any displayed products that are inconsistent with the specialty of the market. They also have the right to remove any products that are incompatible with the Islamic doctrine or products that violate the sovereignty of the state.

- The participant is bound to refrain from displaying, selling or storing any material that is banned or prohibited by the local authorities. He has no right to display, sell or store any flammable materials. Material, moral, penal, and legal responsibilities fall on the participant alone, with no liability whatsoever to the organisers.

- The participant takes full responsibility for the transport of his goods to the market site and their arrangement in the shop at his own expense, and within the allotted space. He will only be allowed to bring products into the market or take them out during the working hours, and in respect of the deadlines preset by the organising committee.

- The organising committee has the full right to use the space allotted to the participant if he fails to arrange it at least day before the beginning of the festival. In this case, he will have no right to apply for the space again.

- If he withdraws, the participant has no right to relinquish his space to any other person without a prior written permission from the organising committee.

- The participant must abstain from making noise or using any audio and visual devices, the reach of which may go beyond the allotted space and disturb other participants. The organisers have the right to cut power in case of violation. If the participant repeats the offence, the organisers have the right to close the shop after sending a written notice. After the shop is closed, the participant will have no right to any compensation.

- If the participant requests extra-power connections, he must check with the organising committee and get its permission. This procedure aims at maintaining the safety of the market and its visitors.

- The participant is responsible for maintaining the cleanliness and the general appearance of the shop. He must dispose of the waste and rubbish and make sure that public passageways inside the market are clean and open for the visitors’ movement.

- The participant must preserve the decent overall shape of the space that has been allotted to him. He must avoid the use of any inappropriate forms or structures in the display of his products. He has to be committed to the allotted space and refrain from expansion, which will lead to the jamming of passageways.

- After the end of the festival, the participant must return the allotted space to the organising committee. The committee is not responsible for loss of anything after the end of the festival.

 

 

The Children’s Village
The Liwa Date Festival dedicates a diverse programme and dozens of exceptional activities to children of all ages

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The Children’s Village

The Liwa Date Festival dedicates a diverse programme and dozens of exceptional activities to children of all ages. The activities for this year include theatre performances, cultural activities, stories of Al Rawi (storyteller), and wide-ranging art workshops.

 

The Children’s Village is the must visit spot for children, not only can learn about the rich Emirati heritage, but they can also have fun and practise different forms of art. At the Village, the children explore the history of Liwa and the different forts. They also learn about the significance of the palm tree and Al Ratab.

 

Instagram Competition
Photography Competition via Instagram Yes, you may use your smart phone and participate with us in the Liwa Date Festival Photography Competition on Instagram

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Instagram Competition

Yes, you may use your smart phone and participate with us in the Liwa Date Festival Photography Competition on Instagram.

 

Themes of the Competition

- Nature in Liwa (sand dunes, oases, palm trees)

- Heritage sites in Liwa

- Liwa Date Festival

(Market, heritage, handicrafts…)

 

 

 

Competition Steps

 

- Follow us on Instagram @turathuna_ae.

- Submit each photo with the full name of the photographer, the subject of participation,

and a caption.

- Use the hashtag:

#follow_turathuna & #LiwaDatesFestival #follow_turathuna_name of the photographer_subject_caption.

Example to follow: #LiwaDatesFestival #follow_turathuna Ali_Ahmad_Handicrafts_Sadu.

- Each participant must tag the account @turathuna_ae.

- The winners will be notified via Instagram (private message sent to their accounts), so

do please make sure you follow us on @turathuna_ae.

 

- Last deadline for participation is the 30th of July, 2016

 

 

Rules and Instructions

 

- Used devices: Photos should only be taken using a mobile phone camera. Any photos shot with digital or professional cameras will not be accepted. Only the adjustment of colours via the phone application Instagram is allowed.

- Winning possibilities depend on the recommendations of the jury.

- The organising committee of the competition can reject any photo that is not relevant to the theme.

- The submitted photo must be taken by the participant himself, and should not be owned by any other person or taken from any other source. The participant bears all responsibilities, in this context, as the committee does not accept any responsibility or liability.

 

Competitions Schedule
Liwa Date Festival competitions schedule

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Competitions Schedule

Al Ratab Beauty Contest
Al Ratab Beauty Contest

General Terms and Conditions :

 

  • -  Al Ratab (half-ripe dates) must be locally produced in the UAE in 2016. -  Fully ripe dates are not accepted in the competition.
  • -  The produce must be from the farm of the participating owner.
  • -  The participant must provide the farm ownership documents when registering.
  • -  Each participant is allowed to take part in two categories, except for Nukhba, which is open for all.
  • -  Winners of previous editions are not allowed to participate in the promotion round of Al Nukhba.
  • -  70% of the grading points will be decided according to the quality of the dates submitted for participation. 30% of the grading points will be considered after the inspection of the farm, and in accordance with the general hygiene, the preservation of the palm tree through the appropriate pruning, the use of modern irrigation methods to save water, and commitment to the deadlines for the submission of samples, according to preset categories and dates that will be announced later.

 

- Al Nukhba participants must take part with no less than 15 varieties and no more than 20, with a weight that should be no less than 3kg for each variety.

- In Al Nukhba promotion round, participants should submit between 10 and 15 varieties, with a weight that should not be less than 3kg for each variety.

- Al Ratab must be free from infections, parasites, and insects, their eggs, their larvae, and their waste.

- Al Ratab must be free from apparent flaws.

- Al Ratab must not have an unusual smell or taste, and must be free from metal and sand impurities, such as a scratch mark.

- Al Ratab must be of a suitable and acceptable size.

- Al Ratab must not include unripe fruits.

- The product must be free from pesticide residues and chemical fertilizers (the winning entries will be checked in a laboratory).

- The Ratab submitted for participation in all the categories of the competition must be provided in Mukhrafa (a basket made of palm leaves).

- The weight of the product should not be less than 10kg in single variety categories.

- Participants can use more than one Mukhrafa in all competitions.

- Participants must accept the jury’s decisions.

 

Categories of Al Ratab Beauty Contest :

 

Prizes will be awarded to the top 10 winners at all categories of the contest:

 

  • Kunaizi
  • ‬Bou Maan
  • ‬Farth
  • ‬Al Nukhba the main
  • Al Nukhba promotion round
  • Al Khallas d for farms that salinity in which less than 12,000‭ ‬degrees
  • ‬Al Khallas for farms that salinity in which more than 12,000‭ ‬degrees
  • ‬Al Dabbas for farms that salinity in which less than 12,000‭ ‬degrees
  • ‬Al Dabbas for farms that salinity in which more than 12,000‭ ‬degrees
  • ‬Biggest Etheg

 

Best Lemons Competition
Best Lemons Competition

General Terms and Conditions

 

- Mangoes and lemons must be from the Emirati local production of 2016.

- Mangoes and lemons must be from the production of the participant’s farm or home.

- The participant must provide the ownership documents of the farm or the home when registering and when participating.

- Each participant will be allowed to take part in two categories only.

- The jury will survey and inspect all farms and houses that will secure top positions in the competitions.

 

Mangoes and Lemons’ Specifications and Competition Norms

 

- The mango and lemon must be locally produced and from the harvest of the 2016 season.

- A single participation cannot include more than one variety in the single variety categories.

- The product must be of free from infections.

- The product must be free apparent flaws.

- The product must be of a suitable and acceptable size.

- Any unripe fruits will not be accepted.

- The submitted product must be provided in Mukhrafa (a basket made of palm leaves).

- Each participant should submit a 10kg product.

- All participants are called to accept and respect the judging panel’s decisions.

 

Categories of the ‘Best Mangoes’ and ‘Best Lemons’ Competition

 

Prizes will be awarded to the top 10 winners at the following categories of the Competition:

• The local mango

• The diverse mango (all varieties are

accepted).

• The local lemon

• The diverse lemon (all varieties

accepted)

 

Fruit Basket Competition
Fruit Basket Competition

The Fruit Basket Competition was created to provide an opportunity for tourists and local visitors to discover local Emirati agricultural production. The competition includes different varieties of fruits that are locally produced and originating from the garden or the farm owned by the participant.

The unique and pioneering competition aims at encouraging farmers to care for the local fruit production, and maintain this type of agriculture. The competition also comes as part of the efforts made by the organising committee of the festival to improve the quality of the local fruit production. The total value of the prizes for this new competition reaches AED 100,000 (AED 50,000 for the top winner, AED 30,000 for the winner of the 2nd position, and AED 20,000 for the winner of the 3rd position).

 

Fruit Basket Competition

 

The General Terms and Conditions for Fruits of the House Competition

 

- The fruits must be from the Emirati local production of 2016.

- The basket of fruits submitted by the participant must be from the production of his own farm or estate.

- The participant must provide ownership documents of the farm or the estate during registration and participation.

- The judging panel will survey and inspect all farms and estates that will secure top positions in the competitions.

 

 

Specifications and Norms for Fruits of the House Competition

 

- The fruits must be locally produced and from the harvest of the 2016 season.

- A single participation cannot include less than 5 varieties or more.

- The product must be free from infections.

- The product must be free of apparent flaws.

- The product must be of a suitable and acceptable size.

- Any unripe fruits will not be accepted.

- The submitted product must be provided in Mukhrafa.

- The weight of the product should not be less than 10kg.

- All participants are called to accept and respect the judging panel’s decisions.

 

Model Farm Competition
Model Farm Competition

A recently formed competition, the Model Farm Award has been created to honour and support the most hygienic farms in Liwa. The registration for participation should take place on the first day of the festival, and the results will be announced on the last day. More than 100 farms from Liwa are expected to compete at the new edition of the award.

The competition boasts AED 500,000 worth of prizes. The jury will select five farms from the eastern section of Liwa and another five farms from the western section of the city. The winner of the top position at each section will receive AED 100,000 for his model farm. The rest of the prizes will be awarded as follows: AED 60,000 for the second position, AED 40,000 for the third position, AED 30,000 for the fourth position, and AED 20,000 for the fifth position, in addition to trophies. The Model Farm Award was created to encourage farmers to improve the quality of the product, to maintain excellent hygiene at the farm, to restore old buildings at the property, and to preserve the quality of the soil and used materials.

Best Mangoes Competition
Best Mangoes Competition

General Terms and Conditions

 

- Mangoes and lemons must be from the Emirati local production of 2016.

- Mangoes and lemons must be from the production of the participant’s farm or home.

- The participant must provide the ownership documents of the farm or the home when registering and when participating.

- Each participant will be allowed to take part in two categories only.

- The jury will survey and inspect all farms and houses that will secure top positions in the competitions.

 

Mangoes and Lemons’ Specifications and Competition Norms

 

- The mango and lemon must be locally produced and from the harvest of the 2016 season.

- A single participation cannot include more than one variety in the single variety categories.

- The product must be of free from infections.

- The product must be free apparent flaws.

- The product must be of a suitable and acceptable size.

- Any unripe fruits will not be accepted.

- The submitted product must be provided in Mukhrafa (a basket made of palm leaves).

- Each participant should submit a 10kg product.

- All participants are called to accept and respect the judging panel’s decisions.

 

Categories of the ‘Best Mangoes’ and ‘Best Lemons’ Competition

 

Prizes will be awarded to the top 10 winners at the following categories of the Competition:

• The local mango

• The diverse mango (all varieties are

accepted).

• The local lemon

• The diverse lemon (all varieties

accepted)

 

Best Heritage Model Competition
Best Heritage Model Competition

Participants compete to create and present the best heritage model according to the following:

- The use of natural materials in the artwork

- Consideration of the number of heritage pieces used in the artwork

- The harmony between the used materials

- The representation of an aspect of the old way of life

- The dimensions of the model must range between 1x1 metre and 2x2 metres at highest.

- Prizes will be awarded to the top 5 winners

 

 

For more information Kindly contact :

050-8180380 / 050-2333045

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In 2015, Al Ain and Liwa oases were officially recognised as agricultural heritage sites by the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO).

Al Ratab contains:

Carbohydrate, proteins, minerals, 70 to 75% of sucrose, fructose and glucose. Minerals like iron, potassium, manganese, calcium, phosphorus, chlorine and magnesium. Vitamins like thiamine (B1), riboflavin (B2), folic acid, biotin, and scorbic acid.

Health Benefits of Al Ratab:

Al Ratab is good remedy for anaemia. It provides immunity against cancer and strengthens bones, teeth and vision. Al Ratab also soothes frayed nerves. It is considered as a cure for stomach pain, liver diseases, jaundice, dry lips, cheilitis (chapped lips), dry skin, and onychorrhexis (brittle nails).