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Saudi Arabia’s ‘date city’ hosts annual festival dedicated to delicacy

BURAIDAH, Saudi Arabia: Amid rows of pick-up trucks loaded with crates and boxes, vendors cry out prices at Saudi Arabia’s Buraidah Dates Festival, a huge seasonal market dedicated to the sweet golden-brown fruit. Farmers, traders and consumers descend on the town, known locally as “the city of dates”, in the central Qassim region, one of the most conservative parts of the country, for the 45-day event, which organizers say is the largest of its kind in the world. Saudi Arabia, the world’s top oil exporter, is also a…