The first edition of the Liwa Dates Festival and Auction will run on October 15 - 24 in the Liwa City, Al Dhafra Region, in Abu Dhabi under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Ruler's Representative in the Al Dhafra Region.

Organised by the Cultural Programs and Heritage Festivals Committee, the Festival aims primarily to transfer knowledge and exchange expertise between farmers to grow the best and finest types of palms and fruits.

It falls within the heritage and agricultural events and activities held nationwide to promote the Emirati heritage, support indigenous products and enhance the nation's food security system.

The Liwa Dates Festival and Auction serves as a platform specialized in marketing and selling locally-grown species of dates as well as date products widely cultivated across the world with the aim of exchanging expertise between farmers from all over the world on the latest agriculture methods in date palm cropping and cultivation and on how to grow and care for date palm trees.

The Liwa Dates Festival and Auction reflects the strategy of the Cultural Programmes and Heritage Festivals Committee in Abu Dhabi that is inspired by the visionary thoughts of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, to preserve the ancient Emirati heritage and its sustainability. The Founding Father paid a lot of attention to date palm plantation in view of its close bond with the development drive.

The Festival comes within the context of a series of events organised by the Committee as part of its plans to leverage the cultural heritage of Abu Dhabi, advance the emirate’s development as a world-class, sustainable destination of distinction, and enhance the cultural footprint of this multi-faceted city in international forums thanks to its unique landscapes, historical landmarks, and world-renowned attractions.

The Festival will feature the International Dates Village along with prominent activities, such as dates competitions on the most beautiful fruit basket, the most beautiful heritage sculpture, and the model farm. They will be organised on the Festival Arena, which will be one of the most vibrant venues in the annual event to host corporate, social and private activities, including the Date Product Packaging Competition, the International Date, Olive and Moringa Peregrina Oil Competition,  and the Drawing and Photography Competition, which all aim to raise awareness of the importance of agriculture, and various heritage activities.