Souq Waqif Date Festival – A Celebration of a Natural & Delectable Goodness

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Including many events such as date auctions, competitions and lectures that spread awareness about the significance of the palm tree, the Date Festival is held annually at Souq Waqif amidst the enchanting Emirati landscape.

What is the Date Festival?
Offering delectable dates of a multitude of varieties to many enthusiastic buyers, the second edition of the annual Souq Waqif Date Festival kicked off in July 2017. Showcasing dates from over 57 local date palm farms, the festival featured popular date varieties including Khalas, Khanizi, Shishi and Barhi.

What is the purpose of the Dates Festival?
The festival aims to inform people about different varieties of dates and motivate stakeholders to invest in this sector to increase the demand for the local products. Be it dining at a local or Moroccan restaurant in Doha, trying some of these date varieties is a must for foodies.

The overwhelming success
Welcoming over 2500 visitors, the Date Festival sold about 7,000kg worth of fresh dates. Organized by the agricultural sector at the Ministry of Municipality and Environment (MME), the festival was easily accessible to those staying at nearby properties the likes of Souq Waqif Boutique Hotels and will no doubt draw more visitors in the future.

The benefits of dates
An exceptional source of minerals and vitamins, dates are also a wonderful source of energy. Inclusive of essential minerals such as calcium, iron, phosphorus, sodium, potassium and zinc, these exotic fruits are delectable pieces of heavenly goodness!

Roland Lefevre is a travel writer who specializes in creating features on leisure as well as business travel destinations across the globe. Google+

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