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Liwa Date Festival in pictures

The eighth Liwa Date Festival was opened by Shaikh Hamdan Bin Zayed Al Nahyan at Abu Dhabi’s Western Region Al Gharbia, an oasis that has remained the green gate of the desert for centuries. The festival seeks to make the palm trees and dates a symbol of the authenticity of the past, a source of riches for the present, and a guarantee for the future, an embodiment to the wisdom of late Shaikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the founding father of the UAE. The traditional market on the sidelines of the Liwa Date festival echos the spirit of the UAE society. The displayed product gives the visitor an insight into the lives and traditions of the ancestors. The market also reflects the strong bonds that connects the people of deserts with the palm tree and their surrounding environment. The festival, with its heritage, culture and economic dimensions, supports Abu Dhabi’s efforts to have Liwa and the western region on the world’s tourism map. The Festival continues until July 25.