The ninth edition of the annual Sharjah Light Festival, themed “Culture and Family”, is currently underway in the UAE’s third largest Emirate. The 10-day-event, which kicked off on February 6th and will run until the 16th, invited both up-and-coming as well as established artists from all over the planet to illuminate 18 of the city’s buildings via light projections and laser shows, including the Sharjah Police Academy, American University of Sharjah, and Masjid Al Noor. At the Buhairah Corniche Park, palm trees are beautifully decorated with tiny lamps; meanwhile, visitors can take a walk through a glowing canopy of lights at University City Hall in Sharjah University City.
The brilliant festival of light and sound art follows in the footsteps of renowned international events like Lumiere London and Vivid Sydney. It was launched as part of Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority’s continuing efforts to highlight the emirate’s unique identity and cultural heritage, in line with Sharjah Tourism Vision 2021, a blueprint that aims to attract more than 10 million tourists by the year 2021 — the year that the UAE will celebrate its 50th birthday.
Meanwhile, last month, in anticipation of the Light Festival, Dubai’s Burj Khalifa displayed a light show in an effort to support and promote the event.
Free shows will be held from 6pm to 11pm and go on until midnight on weekends.