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Sharjah Tourism launches 7th Sharjah Light Festival

The Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority, SCTDA, has announced the 7th edition of the Sharjah Light Festival, starting from February 2-11 in thirteen different locations spanning the entire Emirate of Sharjah. The chosen locations are set to be illuminated with breath-taking light shows and musical performances that shed light on the aesthetics of Sharjah’s architectural landscape. 

Khalid Jasim Al Midfa, Chairman of SCTDA, announced this at press conference today at Al Qasimia University Amphitheatre. 

Sheikh Mohammed bin Humaid Al Qasimi, Director of the Department of Statistics and Community Development; Salem bin Salem, Director of the Prevention and Safety Authority; and Abdul Rahman bin Taliah, Head of Government and Corporate Affairs at Air Arabia; as well as representatives from several government departments in Sharjah, and local and international media outlets were in attendance. 

Al Midfa noted that the Light Festival, held under the patronage of H.H. Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member 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 list of locations this year includes: University City Hall, Cultural Palace, Al Noor Mosque, Al Taqwa Mosque, and Al Qasba. In addition to the interactive light shows in the Palm Garden and the parade on the Khalid Lagoon Corniche. Other locations around the emirate include Kalba University, Khor Fakkan University, Dibba Mosque, Al Dhaid Mosque, and Dr. Sultan Al-Qasimi Centre for Gulf Studies. 

Al Midfa went on to reaffirm that the Authority is constantly working to develop its strategies in accordance with directives from H.H. Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, which seek to firmly position Sharjah on the global tourism map. The authority’s various activities and initiatives serve to promote Sharjah as a premier tourism destination for families from the region and the world, he said. 

Over the years, the Sharjah Light Festival has succeeded in attracting thousands of visitors each year, Al Midfa pointed out, adding that 2016 edition drew in more than 560,000 visitors from the UAE and abroad, while social media channels recorded 2.8 million interactions (according to Google Analytics), a clear indication of the festival’s widespread appeal.

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