Tissue Cultured Date Palms


Al Wathba Marionnet L.L.C.
P. O. Box: 41522,
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Tel. (971 2) 6661522
Fax. (971 2) 6663850










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Marionnet SARL is a family company in the agricultural sector in France. Mr. Alexandre Marionnet founded the company in Soings, 200 km south of Paris, in 1888. He started growing grapes, and building wooden barrels for storing the wine. His son André, followed him and first introduced the culture of Asparagus in the area. The success was immediate and the first crops were sent to Paris by carts driven by horses in 1930. Soon after, André introduced the first large scale crops of strawberry plants. From fruit producer, he became plant producer and initiated the first research programs to discover new varieties. His son, Jacques, now head of Marionnet SARL, introduced the tissue culture for strawberry plants, raspberry, black berry, and asparagus in 1979. It was the first ever private Tissue Culture laboratory in France. This new tool enabled him to provide the market with top quality plants leading him to the first place on the market.

It is in 1986 that Marionnet SARL secured its interest in Tissue Culture Date Palms with the signature of a cooperation contract with an official laboratory, the L.R.P.V. (Vegetal Physiology Research Laboratory), where both laboratories conducted jointly the basic and applied research. This cooperation is still ongoing at the present time. Jacques Marionnet has two sons, Pascal, the younger, currently assists his father in the management of Marionnet SARL, while the elder, Franck, sat up Al Wathba Marionnet in Abu Dhabi in 1997, and runs it as its General Manager.

Marionnet SARL, owned in full by the same family for 114 years, now has a man power of 180 employees, including 15 in the laboratory, produces over 50 million strawberry plants, 10 million asparagus plants and millions of other species yearly. Its turnover is over 10 million US Dollars.


"Al Wathba Marionnet LLC" is a leading plant bio-technology company established in Abu Dhabi in 1997, as part of the U.A.E. Offsets program between France and the United Arab Emirates. It is considered to be one of the world's most important producer of Date Palms through plant tissue culture technology. Al Wathba owns a laboratory in Al Ain city where it propagates high quality varieties of date palm in mass quantities to satisfy the increasing demand locally and internationally. Thus, making U.A.E. an important center to supply the region and the world with pest-free, true-to-type tissue cultured date palms. Al Wathba Marionnet propagates more than 14 date palm varieties with origins from; U.A.E, Saudi Arabia, Iraq and Morocco. Additionally, Al Wathba looks into the rare date palm varieties of superior quality and propagate those which thrive under the climatic conditions of U.A.E. and the region. Hence, making rare varieties of date palm available to farmers in big quantities and at reasonable costs. Of these rare superior varieties Al Wathba produces: Zamli, Nawader, Ashal Al Hassa, Ashal Khalas, Um Ed Dahan, Mumtaza in addition to the males: Ghannami and Al Sekka. In the other hand, Al Wathba Marionnet dedicate itself on producing high quality date palm trees. This shows clearly in its strict and accurate production protocols and procedures, which are kept updated with the latest developments of Tissue Culture technology. As part of its commitment in ensuring the genetic constancy and true-to-type state of the trees, Al Wathba Marionnet attaches a great importance to monitor their genetic stability all along the in-vitro process through carrying out genetic finger printing tests. These tests are regularly carried out on random samples of plants at several growth stages by the G.E.V.E.S. "Group for Control and Survey of Varieties and Seeds" which belongs to the French Ministry of Agriculture. Nowadays, hundreds of thousands of Al Wathba Marionnet palms are producing tons of high quality dates in different parts of the U.A.E. along with 16 other countries all around the world.


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