Posted on April 27, 2019

Ministry of Municipality and Environment (MME) has said that over 17 tonnes of dates sold out within four hours at 2019 International Dates Exhibition on the first day of the exhibition.

The exhibition which is being held in a large tent at Souq Waqif attracted about 3,000 visitors including citizens and expatriates on first day from 5pm to 9pm, said the Ministry in a statement. Big number of people also visited the exhibition yesterday to buy large stock of dates for Ramadan from 9am to 10pm. The exhibition will open today at 2pm and will close at 10pm while tomorrow it will open from 9am till 10pm. However, during other days the exhibition will open from 9am to 9pm. The exhibition will conclude on May 4.

A number of varieties of dates from Oman, Kuwait, Jordan, Palestine, Iran and North Africa and other countries are being showcased at the exhibition at competitive prices. About 150 local and intentional exhibitors from nine countries are participating the exhibition. The exhibition is being held by the Ministry of Municipality and Environment in coordination with the Management of Souq Waqif. The Management provided all facilities to the exhibitors and visitors a the exhibition which aims at promoting local dates and increasing availability of dates of different varieties ahead of the holy month of Ramanda when the demand of dates surges significantly.

Qatar’s date production has reached 29,000 tonnes in a year which covers 86 percent need of local market. According to the Ministry, the organizing committee took necessary steps so the consumers could get the dates at competitive prices at the exhibition. The exhibition aims at introducing the dates and their products and enhancing the cultural and heritage awareness associated with the palm tree and the importance of its fruits in terms of food and culture. The exhibition also provides a platform to the international companies to market their products and to exchange expertise with local producers.

source: The Peninsula