LIVE IT TO KNOW IT
Where do the dates that your friends and family unfailingly request as souvenirs come from? Soon, you can find out in person – the Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi) has collaborated with Al Ain’s Al Foah Date Factory to launch an experiential tourism project that will allow visitors to pick dates from Al Ain Oasis’ 147,000 date palms and experience the different phases and steps in the factory. Experiential tourism’s boom is reinforced by a second project at Al Khaznah Tannery that will give visitors a peek into the world of leather goods. The tours will focus on sustainable, handmade leather made from camel hide the way it’s done in Emirati culture (the tannery produces 390,192 m2 of camel leather a year). Dates and prices of tours are yet to be confirmed.