In pictures: UAE's 14th annual Liwa Date Festival kicks off in Al Dhafra in Abu Dhabi

The festival aims to achieve a series of goals, such as preserving the UAE's cultural heritage, encouraging the preservation of palm trees, promoting economic development in Liwa, guiding farmers about the methods of modern agriculture and how to care for date trees, encouraging farmers to produce quality dates without chemical fertilisers, and organising the annual festival to enable farmers to interact and exchange expertise.
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Emirati men check dates during the annual Liwa Date Festival in the western region of Liwa on July 18, 2018. Date experts judge the quality of different types of dates which are produced by the Emirati farmers to choose the best date farmers during the annual Liwa Festival.
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Emirati men check baskets of Dabas and Khalas dates which are displayed at the annual Liwa Date Festival in the western region of Liwa on July 18, 2018. Date experts judge the quality of different types of dates which are produced by the Emirati farmers to choose the best date farmers during the annual Liwa Festival.
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Emirati men check baskets of Dabas and Khalas dates which are displayed at the annual Liwa Date Festival in the western region of Liwa on July 18, 2018. Date experts judge the quality of different types of dates which are produced by the Emirati farmers to choose the best date farmers during the annual Liwa Festival.
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Emirati men check baskets of Dabas and Khalas dates which are displayed at the annual Liwa Date Festival in the western region of Liwa on July 18, 2018. Date experts judge the quality of different types of dates which are produced by the Emirati farmers to choose the best date farmers during the annual Liwa Festival.
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A United Arab Emirate woman weaves straw baskets and mats out of palm leaves, a traditional Emirate handcraft during the fourth Liwa Date Festival 2018 in Abu Dhabi, on July 18, 2018.
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A United Arab Emirate woman sits by straw baskets and mats made out of palm leaves, a traditional Emirate handcraft during the fourth Liwa Date Festival 2018 in Abu Dhabi, on July 18, 2018.
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Baskets of dates are displayed at the annual Liwa Date Festival in the western region of Liwa on July 18, 2018. - Date experts judge the quality of different types of dates which are produced by the Emirati farmers to choose the best date farmers during the annual Liwa Festival.
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A United Arab Emirate woman with henna died fingers weaves straw baskets and mats out of palm leaves, a traditional Emirate handcraft, during the fourth Liwa Date Festival 2018 in Abu Dhabi, on July 18, 2018.
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Emirati men check baskets of Dabas and Khalas dates which are displayed at the annual Liwa Date Festival in the western region of Liwa on July 18, 2018. Date experts judge the quality of different types of dates which are produced by the Emirati farmers to choose the best date farmers during the annual Liwa Festival.