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Dates worth SR25 million
being sold daily.
More than 200,000 tons of 37 different types of
dates are on display at the 10th Buraidah Dates
Festival, which is being held here for 75 days.
The dates are
from eight million palm trees of which six
million are in Buraidah and the remaining two
million in areas neighboring the “Dates City”.
Economists estimate the dates are valued at
SR2.5 billion, an increase of 20 percent
compared to last year. A total of 65 percent of
the total produce, averaging SR25 million a day,
is sold in the Dates City.
The market has contributed to creating 3,000
jobs including sellers, auctioneers and service
More than 3,000 trucks are transporting the
produce to the market on a daily basis.
Farmers said there has been an increase in
demand for dates. He said the festival serves as
a unique opportunity for date merchants and
farmers to market their shipments. It also
enables jobseekers to develop their selling and
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