Magic of Water set to unfold in Sharjah

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Magic of Water set to unfold in Sharjah

‘Circus in Water’ will dominate the 30 breathtaking fun and entertainment shows for families and kids, at this year’s Sharjah Water Festival at Al Majaz Park and Khalid Lagoon. The festival, from December 6 to 21, is expected to draw 200,000 
visitors to the emirate from across the globe.

By Lily B. Libo-on

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Published: Thu 22 Nov 2012, 9:27 AM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 12:00 PM

Dubbed as “Magic of Water,” the mesmerising acrobatic feats on water will be performed by an internationally acclaimed Russian Circus for the first time in the region. In 2011, “Circus in Ice”, which was performed for the first time in the UAE, drew a big crowd of families and kids during the 5th Sharjah Water Festival.

This year’s Sharjah Water Festival, which was unveiled at a Press conference on Wednesday by Mohammed Ali Al Noman, Chairman of the Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority (SCTDA), will begin with the F1H20 World Powerboat Championship, Sharjah Grand Prix on December 6 and 7 in the Khalid Lagoon.

The 16-day event will unveil a more spectacular and exotic Water Festival this year with shows like Magic of Water, the Ohmies American Musical, Sinbad’s Adventures, Mouj Fantasy Show, Puppetry Shows from Myanmar and Poland, Toy Box Shows (USA), Arlecchino and the Witch Rosega Ramani, Roaming Musicians and Carnival.

“We are expecting 50 per cent of the 200,000 expected visitors to come from the GCC and 
European countries, considering that SCTDA is quite successful with our road shows in these places to publicise the Sharjah Water Festival.” He said that the SCTDA has also conducted road shows in at least 30 schools in the emirate. “We have been expecting more than 20,000 schoolchildren to participate from these schools. We have come up with new 
events to ensure this year’s water festival will surpass the record of 50,000 children who participated in 2011.”

The Chairman said that a study by the SCTDA on the economic impact of the Sharjah Water 
Festival on the emirate’s market showed a staggering Dh30 million.Referring to the emirate’s selection as the Capital of Arab Tourism for 2015 by Arab tourism ministers, he said, these achievements have been made possible because of the vision and guidance of His Highness Dr Shaikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, and the continuous support of Shaikh Sultan bin Mohammed bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Crown Prince and Deputy Ruler of Sharjah.

“The Sharjah Water Festival last year drew more than 180,000 visitors bringing loads of fun and joy to the emirate for ten days. This year, we, at the SCTDA are working tirelessly to bring to you a festival more memorable and grander and successful than ever,” he said.

lily@khaleejtimes.com



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