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More than 70,000 expected at this year's Liwa Date Festival

The eighth edition of the Liwa Date Festival, which started in Liwa on Thursday, is expecting more than 70,000 visitors this year. The festival will hold daily competitions throughout its one-week of running. The most prominent of these competitions is the date contest where Farmers compete over the quality of their produce to win prizes worth over Dh4 million. Emirati women from 300 families showcase their handicraft skills using palm fronds in the Traditional Souq, while models of old Emirati homes provide visitors with a window to the past life of the Bedouins. The festival is hosted by the Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority and is open from 10am until 10pm ending on July 18. Photos by Chief Photographer Abdul Rahman