Dates Festival at Khalidiya Palace Rayhaan by Rotana

Dates Festival at Khalidiya Palace Rayhaan by Rotana

Dates are a key element for Iftar during Ramadan in every household and as preparations are underway for the holy month of Ramadan, Khalidiya Palace Rayhaan by Rotana is proud to host a Dates Festival. From the 1st until the 15th of June 2015 a variety of dates will be showcased along with their derivatives. Visitors to the festival will be able learn more about this humble yet important fruit and even select the finest types for purchase for their enjoyment during the holy month.

Dates are the fruit of palm trees which are widely spread in the Arab and Gulf region. In ancient times, meals of the Arabs would constitute mostly of dates on a daily basis as they possess high nutritional value as well as sugar, proteins and essential minerals, thereby creating a balanced meal. Because of their ability to boost the body’s energy level yet ease the digestion process, dates are first consumed when breaking the fast during Ramadan.

“The United Arab Emirates is keen to increase the cultivation of date palms as well as increase their productivity and quality. Our initiative highlights the importance of maintaining the local production and marketing of dates as it is related to the heritage of the UAE, and to the fact that the Arab region is the original home of the date palm tree. We have organized this event to encourage date cultivation and to give the opportunity for the guests to pick the finest and best dates, as well as buy some of the many date derived products that are showcased.’’, said Mark Timbrell, General Manager of Khalidiya Palace Rayhaan by Rotana.

Over the course of the 10 day festival, guests will not only discover more about dates, they will also get the chance to explore their derivatives like date vinegar, syrup, jams, pickles, juices, sweets and more.  Visitors will also be able enjoy the wonderful atmosphere building up to Ramadan.

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 About Rotana

Rotana currently manages a portfolio of over 100 properties throughout the Middle East, Africa, South Asia and Eastern Europe with an aggressive expansion plan in place. Rotana has chosen to acknowledge how precious time is by making all time spent in their range of hotels ‘Treasured Time’. This means Rotana has pledged to understand and meet the individual needs of all guests. In so doing, Rotana has evolved its product brands to include, Rotana Hotels & Resorts, Centro Hotels by Rotana, Rayhaan Hotels & Resorts by Rotana and Arjaan Hotel Apartments by Rotana. Treasured Time. The Rotana promise to you.

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For more information, please contact:

Faten Hammad

Assistant Director of Marketing and Communications

Khalidiya Palace Rayhaan by Rotana P.O.Box 4010, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Tel: 00971 2 6570220 Fax: 00971 2 6570115 E-mail:

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