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The activities of the fifth session of the Al Dhaid Date Festival, organized by the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Sharjah over four days, kicked off this morning at Expo Center Al Dhaid, with the participation of dozens of palm holders and farmers, as well as several official authorities involved in palm cultivation.
The opening of the festival was attended by Sultan Abdullah bin Alwan, Acting Undersecretary of the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment, Abdullah Sultan Al Owais, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Sharjah, and several members of the Board of Directors of the Chamber, Muhammad Ahmed Amin Al Awadi, Director General of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Sharjah, and Muhammad Musabah Al Tunaiji, General Coordinator. The festival, along with a number of directors, officials and representatives of participating government agencies, toured the festival, whose activities will continue through July 25, and inspected the exhibition platforms and saw part of the Salvation Dates contest that began today.
In the new version, the festival includes many events, competitions and prizes, the value of which was one million and 500 thousand dirhams, an increase of 50% compared to the previous session. The value of the prizes allocated to the winners and participants of the competitions varies between a maximum of 30,000 dirhams and a minimum of 2,000 dirhams. The fifth session will introduce two new competitions, including a competition for local and various mangoes, and another for yellow and red figs, in addition to the Muzayna Al-Rutb competition, which includes Al -Khalas, Al-Khunaizi, Al-Sheshi, Emirates Elite and Al-Dhaid Elite, Al-Haseel Dates (Al-Nagal) competition, the largest Athj, the local lemon and the most beautiful pastry of dates, intended for women only.
Abdullah bin Sultan Al Owais expressed his deepest gratitude and appreciation to His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, for his unrestricted support for the Al Dhaid Dates Festival, which the Sharjah Chamber initiated in 2016 to create an annual support platform for palm owners and farmers of the city’s residents , Al Dhaid, the Emirate of Sharjah and the UAE in general, and he also thanked and thanked His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, in appreciation of the festival’s generous generosity and His Highness’ follow-up and interest in encouraging citizens to cultivate, expand the green area and ensure food security, noting that the Chamber is eager to increase the festival’s momentum, session after session in line with the vision of the wise leadership and the translation of his wise guidelines to organize economic and commercial activities of added value making the festival one of the most important social, economic, cultural and heritage events on the agenda of Sharjah and the UAE in general today.
Al Owais pointed out that the Al Dhaid Date Festival is one of the Chamber’s initiatives through which it seeks to contribute to strengthening the country’s food security in line with one of the key axes of the UAE Centennial 2071, which is sustainability of development for future generations, by enhancing the green power of the land and the sustainability of its food and water resources, by encouraging and enabling the farmer to hold on to his originality and land and to continue to care for its trees and the quality of their fruit, especially the palm tree, which occupies a special place in the conscience and culture of the Emirates and is an integral part of the heritage of the Emirates because of its close connection with the souls of the people, their culture and history.
Mohammed Ahmed Amin Al-Awadi, for his part, said: “The Al Dhaid Date Festival has economic dimensions that the Chamber aims to achieve, especially by contributing to improve the quality of the local product and its diversity, especially as the UAE one of the top 10 date-producing countries in the world and is among the most important date-exporting countries as it acquires about 30% of the volume of global foreign trade whether it is import or export, that’s why the Chamber works by hosting festival competitions developing and value of prizes to provide opportunities that enable farms to develop their agriculture, prosperity and competitiveness in a way that attracts investors and entrepreneurs to establish new and pioneering national food industries, in addition To the cultural, social, heritage- , environmental and tourism dimensions of the festival, all of which contribute to strengthening adherence d of the future generation to its national identity and the rooted and authentic values since the founding of the state”, noting that the success achieved by the festival reflects its position and ability to provide a supportive environment for farmers and an annual platform create to promote their products and open new marketing opportunities for them, as well as win valuable awards that the Sharjah Chamber audits annually to support and encourage them to develop and innovate
For his part, Muhammad Musabeh Al Tunaiji pointed out that for the fifth year, the Sharjah Chamber continues to organize this economic, cultural and heritage event, which quickly managed to take a special place for it among the festivals celebrating the palm tree on the level of the state and the region, noting that this new session bears clues to its success in light of the unbroken support of the wise leadership and its sound guidelines that illuminate the path with the depth of its vision and strong follow-up that increase our confidence and determination to achieve the goals that all serve the circle of happiness of people and society, noting that the organization of the festival at the Expo Center Al Dhaid reflects the willingness of the Chamber to organize exhibitions and to host leading events in the region. the Emirate of Sharjah to contribute to improving the business environment in various economic sectors in the region.
The Al Dhaid Date Festival, open daily from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., is one of the qualitative initiatives launched by the Chamber as an economic event to contribute to the promotion of growth opportunities, business prosperity and productivity of farmers in the central region, helping them improve the quality of their products and become more competitive. By transforming the festival into an annual platform and forum that brings farmers and investors together, and its effects will be positively reflected on several other sectors, especially the tourism sector.
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