10 Largest Date Producing Countries in the World, Not Israel


Jakarta, CNBC Indonesia Dates are one menu that is almost never absent during the month of Ramadan for Muslims in the world. Sweet and small fruit with the scientific name Phoenix dactylifera L This is the oldest fruit that grows in dry areas and is often found in the Middle East.

Launching from Statista, in 2022 as many as 9.91 million tonnes of dates were produced worldwide. Based on data from the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Egypt is the largest date producing country in the world with a total cultivation amount of around 1.73 million tons in 2022 alone.

Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia is in second place or just below Egypt with total production of 1.61 million tons of dates, followed by Algeria with 1.25 tons. Meanwhile, Israel, which was previously known as the largest exporter of dates, is not included in the latest list of the 10 largest date producing countries in the world.


For information, in 2021 Israel was one of the largest exporters of dates in the world. In 2021, the only Jewish country in the world was reported to have a date export value of more than US$317 million or around IDR 5.04 trillion currently (assuming an exchange rate of IDR 15,901/US$).

According to the data presented Statista, all the countries on the list of the world’s largest date producers are located in the Middle East and North Africa. This proves that dates are a symbol of prosperity in the Arab world and a sign of hospitality in some cultures.

One of the articles NPR even revealing that dates are the fruit of Oman’s “cultural heart”. Reportedly, dates are often served traditionally at weddings and funerals.

The following is a list of the 10 largest date producing countries in the world in 2022.

  1. Egypt (1.73 million tonnes)

  2. Saudi Arabia (1.61 million tons)

  3. Algeria (1.25 million tonnes)

  4. Iran (1.03 million tonnes)

  5. Pakistan (0.73 million tons)

  6. Iraq (0.72 million tonnes)

  7. Sudan (0.44 million tonnes)

  8. United Arab Emirates (0.40 million tons)

  9. Oman (0.38 million tonnes)

  10. Tunisia (0.37 million tonnes)

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