Around 20 varieties of dates are on display at the first ever Festival of Dates organised by the Ministry of Environment.
The three-day event, which began at Ezdan Mall on Thursday, is aimed at educating people about the variety of dates in the region. Among the types on display are Lulu, Shishi, Khasab, Ghur, Razeez, Barhi, Kabkab and Hilali.
The festival is set to become an annual event that will see participation by local date farmers, who produce 70 percent of the dates consumed in the country.
Through the festival the ministry also hopes to raise awareness among consumers of the nutritional and therapeutic benefits of eating dates.