UAE launches festivals celebrating arrival of the King of Fruits

Omar Abbas - | Mix

In the UAE, the arrival of mango season marks the commencement of vibrant festivals celebrating this revered fruit.

These festivals offer a plethora of activities, from tasting sessions to culinary demonstrations, all centered around the king of fruits.

A mango lover's paradise

Mango aficionados can delight in a wide assortment of mango varieties sourced mainly from India, Pakistan, and Yemen. Prices vary significantly, with options ranging from Dh4 per kilogram to premium selections fetching up to Dh620 for two Miyazakai mangoes weighing 800 grams.

As the season progresses, more mango varieties are anticipated to arrive in the UAE, promising an even richer tapestry of flavors and textures for enthusiasts to savor. On July 5 and 6, the Pakistan Association Dubai, in collaboration with the Consulate General of Pakistan, will host a grand mango festival titled "Connecting Hearts Mangolicious Way" at its premises in Oud Metha. The festival promises a blend of cultural immersion and culinary indulgence.

Mango tastings exhibiting a range of Pakistani varieties, educational lectures on incorporating mangoes into everyday dishes, and live cookery demonstrations showcasing mango-based delicacies are among the festival's exclusive events scheduled. A variety of games, magic shows, and contests with fantastic prizes up for grabs are available for visitors to enjoy. On June 28–30, Expo Khorfakkan will host its third annual mango festival, which will highlight local mango varietals. Events include a kids' art competition, a women-only competition for the most beautiful mango basket, and a mango beauty contest that will honor the diversity and appeal of mangoes.

A Test of Quality and Creativity

Participants in the mango beauty contest must present mangoes from this season, grown in their own farms or gardens, adhering to strict criteria such as size, appearance, and condition. Similarly, the women crafting mango baskets must use locally produced mangoes and showcase their creativity through handmade baskets. Children participating in the art contest are encouraged to express their creativity through mango-themed artworks.

For those seeking a culinary adventure, the President Hotel Dubai is hosting its own mango festival until mid-July. Guests can indulge in a specially curated mango menu featuring dishes priced between Dh24 and Dh49, offering a delectable fusion of flavors. Whether you're a mango enthusiast, a culinary enthusiast, or simply someone looking to explore diverse cultural festivities, the UAE's mango festivals offer a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in the richness of this tropical delight. From tasting sessions to creative competitions, these events celebrate the mango in all its glory, promising an unforgettable experience for all who attend.

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