H.H. Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan

Minister of Tolerance & Coexistence

President of the Award’s Board of Trustees

The agricultural sector has long been an important part of the lives of the people living in this

region. Agriculture and date palm have provided sustenance, building materials, shade and a

source of income for people whose lives depend on it.

The drought the world is witnessing and other challenges leading to a decline of agriculture

necessitate a need for creating new mechanisms and innovations to ensure constructive

development of agriculture as well as to motivate experts, researchers and farmers to

contribute their efforts to this area.

Khalifa International Award for Date Palm and Agricultural Innovation has been established by

H.H. the UAE President, in recognition of the outstanding efforts and contributions made by

both individuals and institutions in the field of agricultural innovation and date palm and to

encourage and motivate them to exert further efforts towards upgrading the agricultural sector

and date palm tree.

The UAE has also been at the forefront of those countries that granted special attention to the

agricultural sector and date palm. It has constructively contributed to upgrading this sector

through the preservation and development of resources in support of world food security

through a variety of purposeful initiatives and successful events, which achieved a great

success for the Arab and international community.

Today, Khalifa International Award for Date Palm and Agricultural Innovation has been

established as a platform to recognize and reward those individuals and institutions around

the world that have contributed so significantly to this area and as an annual forum for

exchange of experience and knowledge as well as a bridge for communication among all

peoples. Thus the UAE will remain a country of love, peace and harmony, and be at the

forefront of the world in all areas as intended by the wise leadership.