Sharjah's glittering Light Festival beckons
13th edition of Sharjah Lights Festival will be held from Feb7 to 18. File photo Image Credit: Clint Egbert/Gulf News archive

Sharjah: The 13th Sharjah Light Festival will run from February 7 to 18.

During the 12-day festival organised by the Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority (SCTDA), iconic landmarks in the emirate will be decorated with artistic displays conceived by internationally renowned artists.

The festival will feature more than 15 spectacular light shows in 12 key locations. The shows start at 6pm finish at 11pm. On Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, the shows will continue until midnight.

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The three new locations are the General Directorate of Sharjah Police, the General Souq — Al Hamriyah and Kalba Waterfront. There will be light shows at the regular locations of Khalid Lagoon, Al Majaz Waterfront, BEEAH Group Headquarters, Al Dhaid Fort, Sharjah Mosque, Sheikh Rashid Al Qasimi Mosque, Al Noor Mosque and Al Rafisah Dam. The Light Village in front of the University City Hall building will showcase more than 55 small and medium-sized national projects from February 1.

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Latest energy-efficient lighting technologies will be used to transform the facades of landmarks into a vibrant tapestry of colours, celebrating Sharjah’s rich history and heritage. The architecture of these venues will be enhanced by the interplay of light and music, creating dynamic visual narratives that articulate the emirate’s past, present, and future aspirations. This festival stands as a beacon of peace, tolerance, and diversity, using light to unite different cultures and civilisations.

Khalid Jassim Al Midfa, Chairman of the SCTDA, said: “The Sharjah Light Festival reflects the emirate’s role as a beacon of art, culture, and heritage in the region. It is a testament to our commitment to fusing art, culture, heritage and innovation, thereby enhancing the experience of tourists and visitors.”

Last year's festival attracted nearly 1.3 million visitors, including 184,000 visits to the Light Village.