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Hatta festival: UAE farms showcase rare mountain honey

Exhibitions Dubai 31 Dec 23
Hatta festival: UAE farms showcase rare mountain honey
UAE farms showcase rare mountain honey at Hatta festival. A total of 60 local farms are actively participating, offering visitors a taste of their high-quality honey.
Event Location
Hatta Community Centre, Dubai
Start Time
31 December 2023, 12:00 AM
End Time
31 January 2024, 12:00 AM

The 8th edition of the Hatta Honey Festival has started, transforming the serene town into a haven for honey enthusiasts. Running until December 31, this festival has evolved into a mecca for those seeking authentic, locally produced honey.

A total of 60 local farms are actively participating, offering visitors a delectable taste of their high-quality honey.

Visitors are treated to a diverse array of honey varieties, each boasting its unique flavour profile. The festival provides an educational platform where attendees can learn about different honey types and acquire insights into distinguishing them.

The spotlight of the event is on the UAE's special Sidr and Samr honey, derived from the sweet nectar collected by honey bees from Sidr and Samr plants' flowers.

“All honey available here at the festival is the purest without any adulteration. However, Sidr and Samr honey are expensive because [they are made without] human intervention,” said Khalid Al Bedwawi, who is participating in the Hatta Honey Festival. The Sidr and Samr varieties can be priced up to Dh1,200 per kg.

Hussain Al Jabri, co-founder at Rahiq Al Shahd, sells honey starting at Dh80 and going all the way up to Dh400 at his kiosk. “The cheapest honey at the festival is the blossom honey. The time frame for its production is about 4 months from November to March. [The bees] collect nectar from every flower and are not specific like the Sidr and Samr plant flowers. The taste and the quality of the honey is the purest but it [does not] have any medicinal value,” said Al Jabri.

“When it comes to Sidr honey, the time frame for the production is just 30 to 50 days... [during] this time, the honey bees find the Sidr plant, [extract] the nectar out of it and deposit it in the hive. Because of the short time frame and medicinal properties of the honey, the price shoots up,” said Al Jabri.

“[They are] produced by a specific group of honey bees in the remote mountainous regions of Hatta, Ras Al Khaimah, Fujairah, and Al Ain. We keep the hive under observation periodically. Once the hive is ready, we have to go and remove it,” said Bedwawi.

The Sidr honey is antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral, and is effective in treating many health conditions, such as stomach ulcers, and respiratory infections. It can even heal wounds.

The time frame for producing Samr honey is very short as well - it only lasts from May to June, when the flower of the Samr tree blossoms.

Samr honey, derived from the nectar of the Samr tree flourishing in remote areas, emerges as a precious mixture with distinct health benefits. The growth environment of the Samr tree, away from pollution, contributes to the honey's purity. “These trees grow in hilly areas of Ras Al Khamah, Fujairah, and Hatta. [They don't] grow on a plain land,” said Al Jabri.

Hatta Honey Festival 2023

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