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Press release

Under Guidance of Mansour Bin Zayed…
Announcement of Launching of the First Egyptian Date Palm Festival at Siwa…


Under the guidance and honor of H.H. Sheikh Mansour Bin Zayed, Deputy Prime Minister, and Minister of Presidential Affairs, Khalifa International Date Palm Award announced today launching of an annual festival for the Egyptian dates at Siwa Oases in the Arab Republic of Egypt.

The announcement was made during a press conference held by the General Secretariat of the Award at Emirates Palace Hotel in Abu Dhabi this morning in the presence of H.E. Prof. Abdelouahhab Zaid, Secretary General of the Award and Dr. Helal Hamid Saaed Al-kaabi, Chairman of the Administrative and Financial Committee of the Award with representatives of local and international media and a number of those interested in date palm sector.

At the beginning of the conference,  Prof. Abdelouahhab Zaid welcomed the attendants and said: “It is our pleasure and honor to renew our meeting with you in this holy month to announce a new event of Khalifa International Date Palm Award, which comes under the guidance and honor of H.H. Sheikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan,  Deputy Prime Minister, and Minister of Presidential Affairs, as represented in Khalifa International Date Palm Award’s sponsorship, support and organization of the First Egyptian Date Palm Festival, scheduled to take place from 08 to 10 October, 2015, God Willing”

Dr.Zaid added: “Such an honor of the UAE, and under the guidance of H.H. Sheikh Mansour Bin Zayed, is a further confirmation of the close ties between the United Arab Emirates and Arab Republic of Egypt and enhancement of the bonds of joint cooperation on agricultural sector and would highlight, as well, the leading role of the UAE in supporting agricultural sector, particularly in the field of date palm. It would also emphasize the position of Khalifa International Date Palm Award and its constructive role in developing and upgrading of date palm sector at Arab and international levels in terms of cultivation, production and marketing and where the Award has earned global reputability, thanks to the great care of its owner and patron, H.H. Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahayan (God Protects Him), President of UAE, the unlimited support of H.H. Sheikh Mohamad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan (God Protects Him), Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Higher Commander of the Armed Forces, attention of H.H. Sheikh  Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan and follow-up of H.E Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan, Minister of Culture & Community Development and President of the Board of Trustees of Khalifa International Date Palm Award.”

The Secretary General indicated that this initiative aims at upgrading date palm sector, support and promotion of Egyptian date palm cultivation and seeking solutions for the problems encountered by the Egyptian farmers such as unavailability of high quality varieties and contribution in control of palm pests in addition to improvement of the quality of production and packing and finding effective marketing solutions so as to raise the economic value of Egyptian dates. Due to the great experience of UAE in this field, there is also an idea of national project for developing date palm cultivation in the Arab Republic of Egypt.

He then explained that a decision has been undertaken to make the Festival an annual event under the auspices of H.E. Minister of Industry, Trade & Small and Medium Enterprises in Egypt as national awards festival for date palm sector. The festival will be held at the Handy Craft Center of Siwa Oases in October every year.

H.E the Secretary General also pointed out that a lot of Ministries and governmental and private organizations in the Arab Republic of Egypt have shown willingness to cooperate and to provide the required support for success of the festival to be added to the great efforts of UAE Embassy in Egypt and the facilities to be provided by this Embassy for guaranteeing success of the festival and achievement of its goals. Among the most important participants and supporters of the festival are the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), being the strategic partner of Khalifa International Date Palm Award. The Regional Office of the Organization will appoint two experts for assessment of the actual situation of date palm cultivation and dates production in Egypt and will publish a scientific book about the festival. Khalifa International Date Palm Award is working on a study about all aspects of the date palm sector in Egypt for the purpose of understanding the real situation of this sector and seeking appropriate solutions for all its problems for the benefit and welfare of the Egyptian farmer, in particular, and the date palm sector, in general.

The Secretary General then explained that responsibilities have been distributed for launching of the festival in time. A timetable has been elaborated and preparation of a promotional brochure and construction of a website for the festival are underway. At the sidelines of the festival, a number of lectures and accompanying events will be organized with the aim of granting the festival more vitality and for focusing on the importance of Siwa Oases as an area rich with date palm and a tourist destination having numerous heritage and historical privileges.

Prof. Abdelouahhab Zaid ended his speech by extending special thanks to H.H. Sheikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan for his guidance to hold this important festival, his patronage of date palm sector and his constant care to sponsor all the events of this sector and said: ”We would to God to be up to the responsibility thrown upon our shoulders for success of this event and for highlighting the leading role of UAE in agricultural sector and its great support of development and progress of date palm sector.”

The Secretary General also extended thanks to the media, pointing out their big role in accompanying the activities and events of Khalifa International Date Palm Award, stressing that he is highly confident that the First Egyptian Dates Festival would have the special attention of the media towards highlighting the bright side of the UAE, its effective contribution to the making of human civilization and its reputability at the Arab and international levels.

For his part,  Dr. Helal Hamid Saaed Al-kaabi, Chairman of the Administrative and Financial Committee of the Award, welcomed the media representatives and began by pointing out that the special care the Award is receiving from its owner and patron H.H. Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan (God Protects Him), President of the UAE, the attention of H.H. Sheikh Mohamad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan (God Protects Him), Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Higher Commander of the Armed Forces and follow-up of H.H. Sheikh  Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs, thanks to such patronage and attention, the Award has achieved a great global reputability to emerge as the specialized award in the field of date palm worldwide.

He stressed that Khalifa International Date Palm Award, and within the framework of its strategy and sublime goals it has been launched to achieve, has not been restricted to being an award for competition or an annual honoring event but has become an international forum and set out towards new broader and larger horizons to exercise a significant role in consolidating relationships and constructive cooperation ties between the UAE and world countries.

He said: “The guidance of H.H. Sheikh  Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan for sponsoring the Egyptian Date Palm Festival at Siwa is a consolidation of the distinct relationships and fruitful cooperation between the United Arab Emirates and Arab Republic of Egypt and a confirmation of the important role the Award is playing towards development of date palm sector at the Arab and international levels and a further enhancement of the leading role of the Award in this sector, in particular, and agricultural sector, in general. It is also a confirmation of the Award’s role as a scientific forum and a bridge for communication of knowledge among experts, farmers, researchers and those interested in date palm sector.”

He also pointed out that such an honor comes, as well, within the scope of the targeted initiatives sponsored by the UAE in confirmation of its great role of caring of this sector, and ensuring development. It is also an enhancement of its constructive role in organizing exhibitions and festivals, embracing international awards and events and in attention to environmental issues and working on increase of green areas to serve sustainable development issues and food security, of which dates are an important part for many peoples in the world.

Dr. Helal Al-kaabi explained that sponsorship of Khalifa International Date Palm Award is not restricted to organization of this festival. It covers, as well, a contribution to launching of an award for the festival consisting of ten categories and the first winner of each category will get a financial award of EGP 20,000.00 in addition to an appreciation certificate and a trophy. The award categories and the criteria and conditions of same will be specified in a special publication to be issued prior to start of the festival.

He further explained that Siwa Oases, in Marsa Matrouh Governorate of the Arab Republic of Egypt, have been chosen due to the fact that the area is renowned for cultivation and production of dates and also for highlighting the historical, heritage and economic role of the rich Siwa Oases. Thereby; another goal of the festival would be achieved through promoting the area and its agricultural, tourist and economic importance and through highlighting its authentic heritage. For this purpose, the festival’s administration will provide a number of tourist guides to introduce history of the area and the vital places therein to the participants and visitors as well as publications for introducing the folk literature of the Oases and their deeply-rooted customs and traditions.


Dr. Helal Al-kaabi extended thanks and appreciation to all the ministries, organizations and public and private departments which showed willingness to support the festival and working on its success to be an annual landmark influencing the agricultural scene of the Arab Republic of Egypt and on education of the Egyptian farmer in addition to upgrading of date palm sector in Egypt in terms of cultivation, production, processing and marketing.


He ended his speech by extending thanks to H.H. Sheikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan for his generous initiative and for his great support to the date palm sector worldwide. He also thanked the representatives of the local and international media for their constant and supportive communication with Khalifa International Date Palm Award, stressing once again the media’s role as a strategic partner of the Award and effective contributors to the success of the Award’s events through follow-up of its activities and dissemination of its culture.


Notably, Khalifa International Date Palm Award is organizing many activities and events related to date palm sector at the international level and has been announcing in each session launching of new events for serving and upgrading this sector. The First Egyptian Date Palm Festival at Siwa is within the scope of its purposeful strategy and fruitful activities and this festival is the first of its activities for this session.

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