There are numerous date palms growing around the oases of Al Ain and some of the local Emiratis are still weaving the dried palm fronds. They can make items such as baskets, mats and fans. I have been to Al Ain Souq last week and found these items on sale. I've met an old woman from Al Wagan and asked her about these items.
The woven cone is called makabbah, an essential item in Emarati household used to cover food and it is available in different sizes while the woven round mat is called soroud on which dishes are placed (I have seen big and square ones sometime in October 2009). A basket is called jafeer where fruits and vegetables are placed.
It is very common to see jafeer in supermarkets, grocery stores or even in the fruit and vegetable markets because they are using it in some of the Emarati sweets. It is also common to see fruits arranged in a jafeer as a gift.
Word of the day: Khoos is the Arabic term used to describe the weaving of palm fronds. Salaam!