Liwa Date Festival 2013 kicked off on positive note

WAM Abu Dhabi, 19th July 2013 (WAM) — The 9th edition of the Liwa Date Festival, promotes and celebrates the symbolic and historic role that the date palm plays in Emirati culture, got underway last night in Liwa city in Abu Dhabi’s Western Region (Al Gharbia) to a positive note.

For the first time, the activities of the new edition of the Festival will coincide with the Holy Month of Ramadan. The special ambiance of the fasting month will likely impart distinguished flavours on the significant event.

Held by the Festivals and Cultural and Heritage Programmes Committee – Abu Dhabi – under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs, the cultural and heritage event will run until the 25th of July, 2013.

The unique event, which boasts a heritage dimension and prides itself on keeping alive many aspects of history and past civilisation, seeks to dig into desert secrets, tales of local people and their rich heritage.

Chairman of the Festivals and Cultural and Heritage Programs Committee – Abu Dhabi, Mohammed Khalaf Al Mazrouei, said the first day of the festival had seen large public turnout, establishing its position as a fitting platform for date growers, enthusiasts, visitors and families, who enjoy its diverse cultural, heritage and recreational programs and events.

An exciting line-up of events were planned in this year’s edition including the Ratab Beauty Competition, the main attraction at the Festival, and the Best Mango and Best Lemons Competitions.

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