Buraidah dates fest wows large crowds
Arab News | Muhammad Al-Harbiarab | 8.29.12
The largest date festival of Saudi Arabia has kicked off after Ramadan in Buraidah. During the 90-day festival around 300,000 tons of dates will be sold, reaching a combined sales figure of millions of riyals.
Dates are the Kingdom’s most important agricultural product.
A number of exhibitions and competitions have been planned as part of this 11th festival.
“This is the peak season for dates and more than 2,000 vehicles are coming to Buraidah daily to sell thousands of tons of dates,” said Khaled Al-Naqeedan, CEO of Buraidah Dates Festival.
Sukkari is the most popular variety of dates being sold in the market, accounting for 80 percent of total sales. Good quality white and red Sukari dates are sold from SR 50 per box. The prices will go up to SR 270, based on quality.