Travel Through Our Traditions Tour Explores the Traditional Date Harvesting Process

Travel Through Our Traditions Tour Explores the Traditional Date Harvesting Process

Public tour took visitors to Al Ain National Museum, Al Ain Oasis and to spend time with Emirati women in their homes and farms to explore the traditional process of harvesting dates

Al Ain, 5 November 2017: The second Travel Through Our Traditions tour organised by The Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi and Al Ain National Museum, tool place in Al Ain yesterday.

The tour allowed visitors to spend time with Emirati women, families, and farmers in their homes and farms, offering unique insight into the traditions and customs of Emirati life. The Travel Through Our Traditions series aims to educate the larger UAE community and preserve customs and traditions, integral to the UAE.

Departing from Al Ain National Museum the tour passed through Al Ain Oasis, and ended at a traditional Emirati household. Participants learned about the process behind the farming of dates in the UAE and gave insight into this vital agricultural resource and the customs and traditions that are intrinsic to date farming.

The process of harvesting dates (also known as Kanaz) includes preparing and drying the fruits, and packaging them before they are stored for a year, to be used in the winter months.

Al Ain is one of the world’s oldest continuously inhabited settlements, fusing the spirit of the past with a lively and contemporary vision for the future. The full cultural programme organised by the Department of Culture and Tourism highlights Al Ain as the cultural heartland of the Emirate and the home to the UAE’s only UNESCO World Heritage site.

Travel Through Our Traditions will return on 9 December 2018 with a tour exploring camels.

For more information on the full programme, please visit

About The Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi

The Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi conserves and promotes the heritage and culture of Abu Dhabi emirate and leverages them in the development of a world-class, sustainable destination of distinction that enriches the lives of visitors and residents alike. The Department manages the emirate’s tourism sector and markets the destination internationally through a wide range of activities aimed at attracting visitors and investment. Its policies, plans and programmes relate to the preservation of heritage and culture, including protecting archaeological and historical sites and to developing museums, including the Louvre Abu Dhabi, the Zayed National Museum and the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi. The Department of Culture and Tourism supports intellectual and artistic activities and cultural events to nurture a rich cultural environment and honour the emirate’s heritage. A key role played by the Department is to create synergy in the destination’s development through close co-ordination with its wide-ranging stakeholder base.