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Dh1.5 million in cash prizes at Al Dhaid Date Festival


SHARJAH – The Al Dhaid Date Festival will kick off on Thursday (July 22) at Expo Al Dhaid, with total cash prizes of Dh1.5 million to be given away.

The four-day event, organized by the Sharjah Chamber of Commerce & Industry, will feature dozens of palm growers from Sharjah and other emirates.

This year’s festival is packed with a variety of activities and contests between palm owners and farmers who will display various types of dates produced this year.

Festival prizes range from Dh2,000 to Dh30,000, bringing the total prizes to Dh1.5 million.

The festival opens its doors to visitors daily from 8am to 10pm.

This year’s edition will feature two new categories, one for the local mango and the other for yellow and red figs, in addition to other categories.

Products must be locally produced in order to qualify for the competition. All contestants are required to show up their documents upon registration, swear an oath, and visit some farms.

The committee also set the specifications and the competition criteria, including; dates should be ripe and void of insect infestation, dead insects, their eggs, their larvae or their residues, and from any visible defects, or abnormal smell or taste, or be contaminated with metallic or sandy traces such as scars; date size should be suitable and not contain unripe fruits; the weight of dates shouldn’t be less than 3kg in the individual items and to be delivered in “Mekhrafa”. ICA/Expat Media

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