Sultan Al Qasimi opens 5th Sharjah Light Festival

SHARJAH, 5th February 2015 (WAM) – His Highness Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, opened the 5th annual Sharjah Light Festival in a high-profile ceremony held this evening at Al Qasba.

The festival, which is the first event of its kind in the region, runs for nine nights from February 5th to 13th.

The opening ceremony was attended by H.H. Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Crown Prince and Deputy Ruler of Sharjah, Sheikhs, senior officials and media.

Mohammed Ali Al Nouman, Chairman of the Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority (SCTDA) welcomed in a speech and said the opening ceremony also marks the official announcement of Sharjah Arab Tourism Capital 2015, awarded to Sharjah at the 15th session of The Arab Council of Tourism Ministers in Cairo in 2012.

This year the festival takes place in 14 locations across the emirate offering a unique combination of light and music to create innovative three-dimensional designs on mosques, key landmarks and heritage buildings.

Apart from locations within Sharjah City, the festival will light up major sites across the Emirate of Sharjah in Khorfakkan, Dibba Al Hisn, Kalba and Al Dhaid, in all cases the festival will showcase the architectural splendor and cultural history that distinguishes Sharjah.

The Festival will also light up the popular locations of the past years which include Al Qasba (External Facade), Al Qasba (Internal Facades), Al Majaz Waterfront, Cultural Square, Masjid Al Noor, Central Souk, Sharjah University – Kalba, and Khalid Lagoon. Several new features and shows have been included to add more charm to the festival this year, most notably the Khalid Lagoon Corniche Light Design Show and the Khalid Lagoon Giraffes’ Parade. The breath-taking Giraffes’ Parade is a narrative and theatrical performance that has been travelling across several cities around the world, including Zaragoza, Moscow, Rome, Toronto, Bilbao and London.