The activities of the fifth session of the Al Dhaid Date Festival, which was organized by the Sharjah Chamber of Commerce and Industry over four days at the Al Dhaid Expo Center, attracted more than 20,000 visitors from the Emirate of Sharjah and the various emirates of the country, who were keen to follow up on the activities of the event that concluded yesterday, and the activities that it included It aimed to revive heritage and celebrate the ancient Emirati customs and traditions.
During its four days, which extended from July 22 to 25, the festival witnessed the distribution of 271 cash prizes worth one million and 500 thousand dirhams to the participants in the seven Al Mazayen competitions, and in-kind prizes for the winners of the raffles conducted by the Sharjah Chamber with the aim of making visitors and followers of the social networking accounts of the event happy. 23 farmers display platforms through which different varieties of dates from the local production of the Emirate of Sharjah in particular and the state in general, amid the participation of dozens of palm owners, farmers and industrialists, as well as a number of official authorities.
The closing day of the event witnessed a high-level official presence represented by Sheikh Haitham bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Deputy Head of the Ruler’s Office in the city of Kalba, who toured the festival and followed up a number of its activities and heard from Muhammad Musabeh Al Tunaiji, the festival’s general coordinator, about the details of the event, its importance and its active role in supporting the cultivation of During the closing day, the winners of the auction competitions and a number of government agencies and event partners were honored by Muhammad Ahmed Amin Al-Awadi, Director General of the Sharjah Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and Muhammad Mu’aded Bin Howaiden, Chairman of the Municipal Council of Al Dhaid City, and a number of officials and members of the organizing committee of the festival.
Abdullah Sultan Al Owais, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Sharjah Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said: “The success of the fifth session of the Al Dhaid Date Festival confirms the sound strategic approach that the Chamber has set for it since the launch of the event in 2016, which is going from success to success, embodied by a remarkable increase in the number of visitors. And the public’s interest in various activities and events that reflect the importance and position of dates in Emirati society, and this would not have been achieved without the support and care provided by the wise leadership for such events concerned with preserving the authentic folklore and introducing new generations to the bright side of our country’s history and the heritage of our ancestors.”
The number of winners of the seven dates and fruits competition competitions in the fifth session of the Al Dhaid Dates Festival reached 271 winners, divided into 15 winners in the elite category, and the first place went to Salem Ali Salem and 15 winners in the lemons category, in which the first place went to Khaled Saif Al Rayhi, while he won the place The first in the Chishi category was Saeed Hamouda Al-Ariani. The first place winner in the Al-Khunaizi category (Abu Dhabi-Dubai) was won by Ahmed Al-Ariani. The Al-Khunaizi category (Northern Emirates) won first place, Salem Al-Qaidi, and the first place in the largest competition went to Saeed Al-Ariani, and the salvation category. (Emirate of Abu Dhabi-Dubai) went to Sultan Al-Ariani, and the salvation category (Northern Emirates) to Salem Muhammad Hashel. The last day of the festival witnessed the honoring of the winners of the local mango competitions, which were won by 10 participants, in which the first place went to Mosbeh Al-Qayidi, and 10 winners in the mixed mango category. The first place went to Khamis Al-Kindi, and 15 winners of the Al-Haseel category were also honored, and the first place was achieved by Salem Al-Qaidi While the number of winners in the category of the most beautiful fairy tales for women reached 10 winners, the first place went to Amna Al Ketbi.
Muhammad Ahmed Amin Al-Awadi indicated that the Al Dhaid Date Festival in its fifth session took firm steps on the path to success despite the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic, and proved its leading position on the map of important economic and heritage activities in the country, in light of the support of the wise leadership and the cooperation of those involved in palm cultivation and strategic partners. It also became an important marketing window for dates in Sharjah and the country, pointing out that the current session of the festival witnessed a large turnout from farmers compared to previous seasons, thanks to the support and sponsorship of the leadership and its directives to raise the value of prizes to 50% and increase the categories of dates and fruits competitions.