The festival, now in its tenth year, is the region’s premier celebration of date production and the varied products this desert fruit is now lending itself to. A fascinating insight into many desert traditions, the festival includes a date beauty contest with total prize money of around AED 5 million, a date auction, and educational sessions on how to care for palm trees. There are also competitions for the best lemons and mangoes; a heritage show runs alongside the event.
For the first time, the event features a new competition - The Fruits of the House, with a total prize purse of AED 100,000 (US $ 27,250). Various fruits such as grapes, figs, pineapple, pomegranate and grapefruit - all originating from participants’ gardens - are allowed to take part.
The Festival is open daily after the breaking of the fast (Iftar), from 8pm to 1am.
Sep 07, 2014 to Nov 23, 2014
10 weeks of non-stop adrenaline
Oct 14, 2014 to May 15, 2015
Travelling through music’ to highlight finest classic music from east and west
Oct 30, 2014 to Nov 08, 2014
Nov 05, 2014 to Nov 08, 2014