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Prize up to Dh20,000: UAE farmers showcase their best produce to win Hatta Farming Festival – News


Published: Friday, February 23, 2024, 8:32 p.m.

Last update: Friday, February 23, 2024, 11:16 p.m.

Local farmers are showcasing their skills and best produce for a chance to win up to Dh20,000, while visitors learn farming techniques and explore an ancient underground falaj or irrigation system at the inaugural Hatta Agricultural Festival, which runs until February 27.

The five-day agricultural festival that opened on Friday aims to support local farmers, traders and small business owners, while promoting tourism as visitors can explore the historic Hatta Falaj Al Sharia, an ancient tunnel 587 meters long underground that collects water from a nearby mountain to irrigate the plains. Restored in 2019 by Dubai Municipality, the falaj now functions as it did hundreds of years ago.

The agricultural festival is a showcase of Hatta farms and products, with local farmers displaying their wide range of vegetables, fruits, eggs, jam and ghee. They also compete for prizes ranging from Dh5,000 to Dh20,000 in the “Best Productive Farm” and “Best Productive Barn” categories.

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Open from 10am to 10pm, entry to the Hatta Farming Festival is free to all. They can attend more than 25 workshops on topics focused on sustainability, including food security, water purification and growing their own food. They can also participate in an animal auction and learn how to raise and raise their own animals, such as chickens and goats.

There are also activities for children such as drawing and storytelling workshops with nature themes, as well as sessions to spark their curiosity about gardening and agriculture.

The agricultural event is organized by Dubai Festivals and Retail Establishment (DFRE) in cooperation with Municipality, Dubai Roads and Transport Authority and Hatta Traders Council.

Ahmed Al Khaja, CEO of DFRE, said: “Hatta is one of the oldest agricultural regions in the United Arab Emirates… We look forward to bringing together visitors of all ages at this unique event, fostering a connection between our community and the natural world and teaching them about the importance of agriculture. We hope to empower visitors to have a positive impact on our planet, while supporting local businesses.”


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