On the 2nd of August the Ajman Tourism Development Department (ATDD) held a press conference at The Ajman Palace Hotel. The conference was held to announce the second Ajman Liwa Dates Festival that took place on the 5th to the 7th of August at the Emirates Hospitality Centre in Ajman. Organised by the ATDD in association with a special committee from Liwa Dates Festival, the festival was to celebrate the season of “Ratab”. The festival was aimed to encourage the influx of tourists to Ajman, whilst introducing both residents and visitors to an array of dates, including Neghal, Khalass, Khenaizi, Fard, Lulu and more. A number of local farmers attended the fair to exhibit their produce. Ferghal Purcell, the General Manager of The Ajman Palace Hotel commented on the occasion, “There is no doubt that tourism here is the single biggest and most important economic tool to drive business and development to the emirate of Ajman. It is a great opportunity for us at The Ajman Palace Hotel to participate in this amazing initiative aimed at preserving and promoting the local heritage while enhancing the cultural knowledge and experience”.