UAEU Launches the Fifth International Date Palm Conference

Abu Dhabi: The Higher Organizing Committee of the Fifth International Date Palm Conference stated that it confirmed 446 participations from 39 countries from all over the world. 163 of which are speakers presenting papers and 46 scientific poster displayers. Conference statistics mention that Arab participation reached 354 participants representing 18 Arab countries, whereas international participation reaches 92, representing 21 foreign countries. This fact emphasizes the importance of this scientific event and the results to be recommended which will be of great influence on the development of date palm cultivation and date production at the level of the UAE, the region and the world.

Dr. Ali Noaimi, Vice -Chancellor of the UAEU, was speaking during a press conference held Sunday morning at the Emirates Palace to announce the details and activities of the Fifth International Date Palm Conference to be held between 16-18 of current March in the Emirates Palace under the kind patronage of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, and the presence of Sheikh Nahyan Mubarak Al Nahyan Minister of Culture, Youth and Community Development, and Sheikh Hamdan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, and Chancellor of UAEU .

The Vice – Chancellor added that the conference is one ring in a chain extended and connected with the initiatives launched by UAEU during two decades for promoting the cultivation and industry of palm tree starting from constructing Plant Tissues Culture Lab to establishing international network of date palm and Khalifa Center For biotechnologies and genetic engineering, Khalifa International Date Palm Award, Palm Tree Friends Society in addition to organizing conferences, forums, workshops at the top of which is the series of International Date Palm Conferences.

He stressed the interest of HH Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan to promote efforts and initiatives aiming to increase date production so as to achieve best practices and the utmost possible benefit from the industry of date palm.

”Date palm has its historic, economic and social importance in the history of the UAE, and the UAE interest in date palm is limitless. However, the country production of date witnessed recently a great leap due to its historic position and to the generous support of the late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, founder of the UAE, in addition to the interest of HH Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan and his brothers their Highnesses Rulers of the Emirates and His Highness General Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces,” he added.