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19th Liwa Date Festival Begins Today at Al Dhafra Region, UAE

The Liwa Date Festival showcases the UAE's dedication to conserving its cultural heritage while embracing sustainability in every aspect of life.

Shivam Dwivedi
19th Liwa Date Festival Begins Today at Al Dhafra Region, UAE (Photo Source: @UAE_Forsan twitter)
19th Liwa Date Festival Begins Today at Al Dhafra Region, UAE (Photo Source: @UAE_Forsan twitter)

The much-awaited 19th edition of the renowned Liwa Date Festival is set to kick off today with grandeur and excitement. Under the esteemed patronage of Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Vice President, Deputy Prime Minister, and Minister of the Presidential Court, the festival promises to celebrate the UAE's age-old tradition of harvesting palm dates, an integral part of the nation's authentic Emirati heritage.

The festival, organized by the Cultural Programmes and Heritage Festivals Committee – Abu Dhabi, is anticipated to be a true reflection of the Year of Sustainability. This year's edition also echoes the visionary directive of President Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, highlighting the importance of supporting sustainable agricultural practices and the preservation of the nation's rich heritage.

Emphasizing the significance of the event, Major General Faris Khalaf Al Mazrouei, the Commander-in-Chief of the Abu Dhabi Police (ADP) and Chairman of the Cultural Programmes and Heritage Festivals Committee, expressed that the Liwa Date Festival continues to honour the legacy of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. The festival embodies his vision for the development of the agricultural sector and the preservation of the historical significance of the palm tree, which remains deeply intertwined with Emirati heritage.

Recognizing the efforts and dedication of Sheikh Mansour, Al Mazrouei praised his unwavering support for the festival. Over the years, this support has played a pivotal role in transforming agriculture into a cherished cultural aspect among the members of society, while also contributing to achieving food security and promoting sustainable agricultural practices.

In addition to Sheikh Mansour's contributions, Al Mazrouei extended gratitude to Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Ruler's Representative in Al Dhafra Region. His continuous involvement, tireless follow-up, and insightful directives have been instrumental in enhancing the festival's offerings, ensuring the development of valuable activities and engaging competitions.

As the nation commemorates this grand event, it reinforces the importance of safeguarding its traditions for generations to come. With the festivities set to commence, locals and visitors alike eagerly anticipate the wealth of cultural experiences and cherished memories that the festival is sure to offer.

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