United Arab Emirates (UAE) celebrated a dates beauty contest popularly known as date festival with all the SOPs in place amid the coronavirus outbreak.
According to media reports, Liwa Date Festival, in its 16th year, run from July 17 to July 23.
However no visitors allowed to attend the annual local heritage festival because of the novel coronavirus outbreak.
As part of the precautionary measures to participate, farmers and staff must were tested for COVID-19.
Managers of the festival told that this date beauty contest is held in July to correspond with the annual date harvest.
The date fruit has played an important role in fulfilling the dietary needs of generations of desert communities.
The fruit is highly nutritious, while the trunk, fronds, and other parts of the tree were traditionally used in buildings, handicrafts and tools.
The Liwa Date Festival highlights these and other important aspects of the date palm.
The Festival is an annual event that introduces date producers to modern agricultural systems and facilitates the exchange of expertise on the best ways to generate the highest quality date.
The festival also is one of Abu Dhabi’s most significant heritage events and tourist attractions that highlights the many ways dates have impacted the cultural, heritage, and economic life of the country.
It provides a great place for visitors to learn about dates and to sample the most popular date varieties grown in the UAE.
However this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, visitors were barred from witnessing the remarkable event.