Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority is set to organise the 12th Sharjah Light Festival from February 8 to 19.
The festival covers locations all around the emirate over the course of 12 days, offering a busy agenda packed with light shows, art displays, and entertainment activities that cater to all visitors, individuals and families of all ages from the UAE and abroad, said the Authority in its statement.
Announcing the event details, Chairman Khalid Jasim Al Midfa said: "Over the years, Sharjah has established itself as an exceptional family destination with an enormous and diverse range of tourist attractions and activities that cater to varying tastes and anticipate the aspirations of visitors from around the world."
"Guided by the forward-looking vision and directives of HH Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, UAE Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, the tourism sector in the emirate is moving steadily towards a bright future and sustainable economic growth," he noted.
According to him, the festival has grown to become a platform for local and international artists to present dazzling light shows, music, and various effects, that tell stories of Sharjah’s cultural, intellectual, and historical heritage, and outlining the emirate’s aspirations and visions for the future, by shedding light - quite literally - on architectural destinations and buildings in Sharjah.
"By constantly renewing and reinventing itself, the Sharjah Light Festival has become a leading destination of its own and a staple event on the emirate’s annual agenda," stated Al Midfa.
"Every year, the festival returns with a different and attractive atmosphere, offering an enjoyable and entertaining experience for the public that captures the attention of both the local and international media," said the top official.
This year it has several new offerings to meet the audience’s passion for captivating shows, which offer a creative, one-of-a-kind cultural entertainment experience."
The organisers have lined up seven international artists, along with a group of talented emerging local ones for this year's festival.
It will cover major sites in Sharjah including University City Hall, Al Noor Mosque, Khalid Lagoon Corniche, Sharjah Mosque, Al Majaz Waterfront, Sharjah Fort (Al Hisn), Al Hamriyah Municipality building, and Al Dhaid Fort.
Also on the list is the Light Village, which extends over a 19,000 sq m area, and hosts 41 Emirati-owned small and medium-sized projects, offering visitors an array of food, drinks, and sweets, said Al Midfa.
The Light Museum is also on the list, along with areas dedicated to games, entertainment activities, and live shows, providing families with an integrated experience and an attractive entertainment destination, he added.-TradeArabia News Service