Al Dhaid Date Festival, organized by the Sharjah Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI) witnessed significant interest in the first two days from the community for its Ratab Al Khalas competition.
The farms within the UAE were divided into two categories comprising farms in the Emirates of Dubai and Abu Dhabi and farms of the northern Emirates regions as part of the Ratab Al Khalas competition.
The second day of the event was dedicated to the Ratab Al Khezini and the Ratab Al Shishi competitions, while the last two days are dedicated to the competitions of the best Mazayna, the lemon, the best Mekhrafa (for women).
The fifth edition of the coveted event which began on 22 July added to new categories, one for local mango and the other for yellow and red figs.
This’s years edition, which is held under the theme “Authenticity of the past and glory of the present”, includes 23 stands displaying various types of dates.
Mr. Mohammed Musabeh Al Tunaiji, General Coordinator of the festival remarked that the festival has become one of the most important annual events for palm growers in the eastern and central regions of the Emirate of Sharjah and the various emirates of the country.
Mr. Al Tunaiji further added that understanding the significance of the event to the community, SCCI was keen to increase the value of the prizes of the festival, in addition to introducing new categories
Mr. Rashid Mohair Al Ketbi, Head of the Sorting and Evaluation Committee, said that the mango and fig competitions that were added to the festival in its fifth session would expand the scope of agricultural varieties covered by the event.