The presence of massive number of luxury cars shows the love for dates in Saudi Arabia. Large sales of dates are recorded in the festival. Says Abdullah Altiwajry, a date seller: “Every day 2000 cars come to this market. The volume of dates brought and sold in this market touches 2 billion Saudi Riyal.”
Due to the quantity of dates that is sold in the market, people from other countries have also taken note of. As a result, foreigners have also jumped into the market, but this hasn't gone down well with the local traders, who feel threatened by their presence. “There is a competition between us and the foreign labour in the sales of dates. They use their own cars for retail. They take customers away from us and should be stopped,” adds Altiwajry.
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