Sharjah Light Festival to begin from February 2

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Breathtaking light shows will highlight the aesthetics of Sharjah’s architectural landscape.
Breathtaking light shows will highlight the aesthetics of Sharjah's architectural landscape.

Sharjah - Over the years, the Sharjah Light Festival has succeeded in attracting thousands of visitors.

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Published: Mon 23 Jan 2017, 9:00 PM

Last updated: Tue 24 Jan 2017, 8:55 AM

The Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority (SCTDA) announced the seventh edition of the Sharjah Light Festival to be held for 10 days from February 2 in 13 different locations spanning the emirate of Sharjah.
The chosen locations are set to be illuminated with breathtaking light shows and musical performances that throw light on the aesthetics of Sharjah's architectural landscape, the authority announced at a press conference held at Al Qasimia University Amphitheatre.
Khalid Jasim Al Midfa, Chairman of SCTDA, spoke at the conference.
Al Midfa noted that the Light Festival - held under the patronage of His Highness Dr Shaikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah - highlights the emirate's achievements and reflects its excellence in all matters related to education, knowledge and innovation, and turns technological advancements in the field of lighting into beautiful art displays.
"The new locations will cover all cities and regions around Sharjah," said Al Midfa, "bringing the total number of locations to 13. 
Over the years, the Sharjah Light Festival has succeeded in attracting thousands of visitors, Al Midfa pointed out. The 2016 edition drew in more than 560,000 visitors from the UAE and abroad, while social media channels rec-orded 2.8 million interactions (according to Google Analytics) - a clear indication of the festival's widespread appeal. The light festival is sponsored by Sharjah Municipality, Sharjah Police Headquarters, Sharjah Electricity and Water Authority, Sharjah Transport, Sharjah Civil Defence Department, and the Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (Shurooq) and Nomada.
Where the lights will enthrall
The festival will take place at 13 locations: University City Hall, Cultural Palace, Al Noor Mosque, Al Taqwa Mosque, Al Qasba,  Kalba University, Khor Fakkan University, Dibba Mosque, Al Dhaid Mosque and Dr. Sultan Al-Qasimi Centre for Gulf Studies. There will also be interactive light shows in the Palm Garden and a parade around Khalid Lagoon Corniche.

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