65 countries import dates during Unaizah season

65 countries import dates during Unaizah season
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Saudi dates can be seen at the international dates season in Unaizah. (SPA)
65 countries import dates during Unaizah season
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Saudi dates can be seen at the international dates season in Unaizah. (SPA)
65 countries import dates during Unaizah season
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Saudi dates can be seen at the international dates season in Unaizah. (SPA)
65 countries import dates during Unaizah season
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Saudi dates can be seen at the international dates season in Unaizah. (SPA)
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Updated 17 August 2022
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65 countries import dates during Unaizah season

65 countries import dates during Unaizah season
  • Saudi dates exported to Gulf Cooperation Council states, Egypt, Morocco, Tunisia, and the US
  • Sukkary rutab, suqai, and medjoul dates are the most popular with foreign buyers

RIYADH: 65 countries including Arab states have imported Saudi dates since the beginning of the Unaizah international dates season, Saudi Press Agency reported on Wednesday.

The countries include Gulf Cooperation Council states, Egypt, Morocco, Tunisia, and the US.

The head of the agricultural committee at the Unaizah Chamber and the season’s president of external export, Abdul Rahman Al-Karida, said that sukkary rutab dates are the most popular with foreign buyers due to their quality and availability, while the suqai and medjoul types took second and third place.

He added that some traders received the Saudi date mark, a quality mark that shows that products are safe. The mark is granted to certain institutions after checks are made to ensure that they meet the requirements of food safety and global markets.

Al-Karida added that special vehicles transport the dates from Unaizah every morning by land to their destination in less than 12 hours, while dates headed for countries further afield in the Arab world, north Africa and Europe are transported by sea.

Saudi date exports from the season have also been received for the first time this year in South Korea, he added.