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The 13th Liwa Dates Festival is underway at Liwa City, Al Gharbia. Plan a road trip into the Empty Quarter’s Liwa Oasis to witness the fruit of the desert in all its glory and varieties – farmers from across the country will display their produce and visitors can learn all about the nutritional benefits and the cultural importance dates hold in the UAE. There’s much to do here apart from shopping for dates in air conditioned tents; the festival also hosts competitions for the best dates and best farms, educational lectures about the importance of the palm tree, poetry evenings and games for children. From 4-10pm until July 29; visit liwadatesfestival.ae.