Visitors invited to Liwa Date Festival to experience real taste of UAE Culture & Heritage

Published July 20th, 2009 - 11:44 GMT

Visitors invited to Liwa Date Festival to experience real taste of UAE Culture & Heritage 
The Western Region Development Council (WRDC) – the central coordinating body leading development and promoting opportunity in Al Gharbia, the Western Region of Abu Dhabi – is again supporting the Liwa Date Festival, which started last Friday until July 26.

H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Ruler's Representative in the Western Region attended the opening of the festival on Friday and praised the beauty of Liwa and the hard work of the organisers and supporting entities.

WRDC alongside the festival’s organizers - the Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture & Heritage (ADACH) - are encouraging visitors to attend the Liwa Date festival for the opportunity to taste a variety of dates from the region and a chance to experience real culture and heritage, which is still found and practiced today in Al Gharbia. WRDC, as part of its ongoing festival strategy, is also using this event to raise awareness of the region and more importantly; it is an opportunity for the council to meet and interact with the local residents.

H.E. Mohamed Hamad Bin Azzan Al Mazrouei, Director General of WRDC said "We are pleased to support and sponsor a festival that wonderfully showcases and encourages the high quality of local dates produced in Al Gharbia and most importantly, provides visitors with a taste of our national culture and heritage. The opening weekend has already proven a great success with an ever-increasing number of visitors, farmers, dates on display and local handicraft shops and WRDC is proud to again be a part of it.”





He continued “WRDC not only supports the Liwa Date Festival, we have developed a long term festival strategy in order to promote Al Gharbia as a unique festival destination. The region not only offers some of the tallest sand dunes in the world, spectacular natural scenery, true culture and heritage but also 350 kilometres of untouched coastline. These
combined, enable the region to offer an array of different festivals such as the Al Gharbia International Festival - Tel Moreeb, the Al Gharbia Watersports Festival - Mirfa, the Al Dhafra Camel festival and the Al Dhafra Falconry Festival - all of which are held annually. WRDC’s role is to support each one on a promotional scale that’s why we recently launched our festival website ( where anyone can find out more information on any of the festivals held in Al Gharbia.”

The annual event, in its fifth year, is a 10 day festival that is a very traditional gathering and aims at facilitating the business of dates.

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