In the UAE, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan – may his soul rest in peace – founder of the country’s agriculture renaissance, devoted his energy to the growth and cultivation of date palms beyond the borders of the oases where they traditionally grew. This contributed to the flourishing of date palms throughout the nation, and turned the desert into an abundant paradise for its dwellers. Today, the UAE is the leading cultivator of dates in the world, bringing this ancient super fruit to a new global market. This sector is one of the most vibrant contributors to the economic growth of the UAE.
Date palms are an intrinsic part of Arab life and heritage.
The palm’s wood and leaves were used to build houses, fences, beams, baskets, ropes and many other useful items.
For thousands of years, they provided shelter, food and other necessities for the Arab Bedouins
The fruit is a staple of the Arab diet and a vital source of nutrition and energy.