Abu Dhabi, the capital and second largest city of the United Arab Emirates, lies in the North of the UAE facing the Persian Gulf. Known for its thriving economy and urban development, Abu Dhabi serves as the hub of political, commercial and cultural affairs of the UAE. It is also home to several multinational corporations and many tourist attractions, making it a country frequently visited by tourists and travellers.
One of the main crops of Abu Dhabi, as well as of the entire nation of the UAE is dates. This sweet and fleshy oval shaped fruit has grown naturally in the region for over 4,500 years, and is one of the most important and culturally significant fruits in the region. The city is home to several prominent Date Farms the produce of which has sustained the date industry for years.
The date fruit plays a vital role in the diet of the people in this region, and its by-products too have contributed to the lifestyle and economy of the people of the region. Since ancient times the high nutritional value of dates has served to supplement the diets of people as well as animals, while the seeds have been used as an alternative fuel source as well as for the creation of several traditional oils and medicines. Today, as the emirate has developed so has the date industry, making a visit to a date farm a rather intriguing and insightful experience. While the date palms are cultivated and harvested in a tradition manner, the final output of dates is not so traditional anymore. Date farmers have created different varieties and assortments of dates so as to add new and bolder date fruits to the market. There are chocolate covered dates, dates with candied lemon, dates stuffed with almonds, and many other varieties which are delicately processed and made ready to be sent to the markets. Therefore, for an insight into one of Abu Dhabi’s most traditional yet bold industries, visit some of the date farms of the region.
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