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According to Guinness World Records, the UAE has achieved the first place for cultivating the highest number of Date Palms in the World

According to Guinness World Records, the UAE has achieved the first place for cultivating the highest number of Date Palms in the World

His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahayan, President of the UAE (may God protect him) received a certificate attesting that the UAE has obtained the first place in the world by breaking the record for cultivating the most Date Palm trees worldwide according to Guinness World Records. The certificate was presented to HH the President by HH Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, President of the Board of Trustees of the Khalifa International Date Palm Award in the presence of a representative from Guinness World Records in the United Kingdom.

The certificate was presented when HH the President of the State (may God protect him) received the winners of the Khalifa International Date Palm Award during its first session in 2009, in the presence of a number of elite Date Palm experts, worldwide members of the scientific committee of the Award, members of Board of Trustees and members of the organizing committee. The total number of cultivated Date Palm trees in the UAE amounted to 40 700 000 trees (according to the latest statistics in 2005). This historic event marks the first time any country in the world reached such a high number of Date Palm trees cultivated.

 His Highness the President (may God protect him), expressed his appreciation and admiration of this unprecedented achievement and said that it resulted from the wise vision and great efforts of the late Sheikh Zayed (may God rest his soul in peace), and also that we are following in his steps in order to build a better society and achieve the sustainable development for the UAE and its future generations. His Highness the President thanked the Khalifa International Date Palm Award represented by HH Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, President of the Board of Trustees and the organizing committee who strived to achieve this unprecedented international record.

 His Highness Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan, also pointed out that the strategic planning of the agricultural development of the UAE and Date Palm in particular, which was pursued by the late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahayan (may God rest his soul in peace) for more than half a century, and followed by HH Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahayan, President of the UAE (may God protect him) has led to the doubling of areas planted with Date Palm and helped achieve qualitative jumps in fighting desertification, expanding the planting cover and encouraging the growth of food industries based on Dates. This has led the UAE to become the first country in the world to reach such a high number of cultivated Date Palm trees.

 His Highness added that in this instance we would like to present and dedicate this international record to the soul of the late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahayan (may God rest his soul in peace) and to HH Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahayan, President of the UAE (may God protect him) and to HH Sheikh Mohamed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai and to HH Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahayan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, for their efforts and limitless support for the blessed tree and the proud people of the UAE, as promise of their commitment to guide us along the journey of sustainable development for the UAE community.

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