10 Types of Dates You Can Find in the UAE

10 Types of Dates You Can Find in the UAE

And as you chew the buttery texture, the rush of rich flavours will intrigue your senses, and the prolonged after taste will make you want more. That is what it feels when you gulp down delicious dates.

Dates are a staple food in the Arab world and referred to as the crown of the sweets. Curtailing the history, the trade of dates alone helped the Bedouins to live off their life way before the start of oil trade. According to the statistics, the UAE produces more than 600 thousand tonnes of different varieties of dates every year. Every type is distinct in its flavour, shape, size, colour and essence. Let’s know more about the top 10 dates in UAE.

1. Barhi Dates

Barhi Dates

Thick skin and rich flavours are what Barhi dates are all about. Initially originated in Iraq, the thawed date is juicy and sweet and resembles a butterscotch toffee. The buttery texture of fresh Barhi Dates will excite you for sure.

2. Thoory Dates

Thoory Dates

Thoory dates are red and brown with a wrinkled flesh. These dates are stuffed with nuts, making them even more delicious and crunchy. Thoory dates are one of the most favourite dates in UAE and Algeria.

3. Halawi Dates

Halawi Dates

If you are searching for small-size sweet dates, then a Halawi date box is an ideal pick. Also known as Halwa or Halawy, these dates are utterly sweet and originally comes from desert palms.

4. Medjool Dates

Medjool Dates

Medjool dates will melt in your mouth like candy. The soft fibrous dates are grown in Palestine, Morocco, Jordan and Saudi Arabia and exported across various Middle East countries. You can get amber and reddish-brown Medjool dates online too. 

5. Khadrawy Dates

Khadrawy Dates

Khadrawy is orange and light brown dates with a soft skin known for its rich essence and flavours. These dates are usually eaten fresh for the best taste and texture. You can give a box of Khadrawy dates to absolutely anyone. 

6. Deglet Noor Dates

Deglet Noor Dates

Deglet Noor is semi-dry dates that are slightly crunchy yet pliant. Deglet Noor means the date of the light. The centre of these dates looks golden and light brown that justifies its name.

7. Fard Dates

Fard Dates

Fard is a famous seed date with tender flesh, dark brown skin and sweet flavour. Fard dates originally came from Oman. Fard date offers various nutritional benefits essential for the body.

8. Zahidi Dates


Zahidi Date is also a type of semi-dry date with a smooth texture and golden yellow skin. The medium-sized thick flesh of this date holds juicy flavour and is perfect for storing purposes. 

9. Dayri Dates

Dayri Dates

Dayri, also known as Derrie, is a popular date native to southern Iraq. The date looks long and soft and is relatively less sweet than Medjool. When stored, Dayri changes its colour from brown to black. 

10. Zaghloul Dates

Zaghloul Dates

Zaghloul dates are red dates with an extremely sweet flavour. It looks long and is crunchy yet pliable in texture. These dates are rare to find and taste superb when eaten fresh. Zaghloul dates are not good for storing. 

So, these were the top 10 types of dates in the UAE. You can easily order different varieties of dates online in beautiful assortments and present a sweet gift to your loved ones on absolutely any occasion. 

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