Locally-grown dates have become one of the most sought after items for shoppers at the second edition of Mahaseel (crops) Festival, taking place at the southern area of Katara – the Cultural Village.

“Visitors have been showing keenness in buying these packaged dates from the local farms as they occupy a special place in Qatar’s social heritage,” Katara said in a statement.

Different varieties of Qatari dates are on offer, apart from high quality vegetables and fruits, dairy products, and ornamental plants from 30 stalls at the festival.

Katara noted that such dates, which adhere to top quality specifications and standards, are also available in new varieties such as those embedded with chocolates, nuts and dried fruits.

Mahaseel continues to be a major hub of social activity attended by many dignitaries and envoys, including ambassadors Mohamed Basri Sidehabi (Indonesia), Nabil Zniber (Morocco) Hafiz Mohamed al-Ajmi (Kuwait), Najib bin Yahya al-Balushi (Oman), P Kumaran (India) charge d’affaires Dr Abdulsattar H al-Janabi (Iraq ); and Assistant Undersecretary for Commerce Affairs Yahya Bin Saeed al-Nuaimi.

Katara general manager Dr Khalid bin Ibrahim al-Sulaiti toured the festival along with the diplomats. The festival also received young students from various schools in Doha and some GCC countries, including a delegation from the Nomas Centre from Kuwait. The students, accompanied by supervisors, took part in a number of educational activities at the workshops.

Mahaseel also hosts many local companies to support and introduce the public to distinguished Qatari products. Many of these companies from the food sector specialising in the production of dates, milk and its derivatives, as well as natural juices, have displayed their products at the festival.

Mahaseel will conclude its educational and entertainment activities on Saturday but will reopen again next week, every Thursday, Friday and Saturday until the end of March.