Sharjah is a city that prides itself for being the cultural capital of UAE. The city has beautifully preserved the art and cultural of the Arabian country and has been a delight for museum and art lovers with its amazing attractions. Tourists from all over the world come to Sharjah in search of a better understanding of the art and culture of the United Arab Emirates. The Sharjah Light festival is another addition to the list of magnificent efforts made by Sharjah in offering the visitors a glimpse of the beautiful architectural landscape of the emirate.
The Light festival in Sharjah offers astounding display of colors, images, and spectacular lightings on the most famous architectures and attractions of the city. These stunning illuminations are witnessed by thousands of visitors who come every year to Sharjah and celebrate its festival of lights.
Although a highly anticipated event every year since its inception in the year 2011, the Sharjah Light Festival 2017 this year is starting from the 2nd to the 11th of February 2017, and is taking the celebrations up a notch. With the help of technology advancements, the decorations, lightings and musical celebrations are expected to be bigger and better than ever. With the best of oriental art and an array of colors celebrating the Islamic civilisation of Sharjah and the Arabian cultural legacy, the city will be illuminated with magical lightings through the use of latest technology and showcase the amazing cultural heritage and architectural story of Sharjah to the world.
One of the most popular festivals in the Emirate’s calendar of UAE, the Sharjah light festival is decorated by the best of artist from all around the world across 23 prominent locations of the city. The theme of the festival this year is “Travel Across Time” and the chosen locations for the light festival are: Al Qasba, Al Taqwa Mosque, Al Noor Mosque, Al Maghfira Mosque, University City Hall, The new Planetarium, Al Qasimi Mosque, The newly opened Jubail Fish and Vegetable Market, The Family Supreme council of affairs, Al Majaz Amphitheatre, Cultural Square, Cultural Palace, Khalid Lagoon Corniche, Al Majaz Waterfront, Flag Island, the bridges, and a few other mini locations across the emirate.
There are many events also being organised at the same time to encourage participation of the visitors and offer more fun, entertainment and involvement. The latest addition to the event is the Dr. Sultan Al-Qasimi Centre for Gulf Studies. Events at the Khorfakkan University, Al Qasimia University, Dibba, Kalba, and Al Dhaid are the main highlights of the festival. Many cultural performances are being carried out by talented artists showcasing their amazing talent during this time.
The festival is held every during the festival days from 6.30pm till 11.00pm on all the weekdays, and 6.30 pm until 12 midnight during the weekends. One of the gorgeous aspects of the show is the three-dimensional effects projected on the popular buildings. The walls, pillars, arches all transform into a spectacular show of design and style offering a rare visual treat to the onlookers.
The Sharjah Light festival of 2016 edition witnessed over 560,000 visitors from the UAE and other parts of the world. Social media channels chronicled 2.8 million interactions offering a clear understanding of festival’s widespread appeal. Similarly, this year too, an increase of approximately 20 percent in tourists is expected.
Besides the cultural events and the performances, another super highlight of the show is the cultural festival parade that goes through the street provoking the onlookers to mix together and indulge in the spirit of the festival.
Of all the buildings decorated, the illuminated University City hall is one of the most famous highlights of the festival. Renowned as an emblem of the emirate’s identity and legacy; the façade is beautified with the graphic motion design.
The latest addition to the architectures beautified this year will be the Dr Sultan Al Qasimi Centre for Gulf Studies. The architecture will offer a futuristic and immersive experience through fabulous graphic representation.
At the University City Hall, a distinct and unprecedented 3D stereoscopic show will be taking place that aims at transforming your imagination through its impeccable typography. See complex street maps transmuting into geometric Arab patterns, time designs, science forms, and a lot more.
Touted as one of the most popular festivals and cultural events in the UAE, the Sharjah light festival portrays the amazing Islamic architectural brilliance of Sharjah’s illustrious monuments, sights, and cultural heritage is hugely popular, attracting more thousands of visitors each year.