Tonight, the annual Sharjah Light Festival kicks off, held under the patronage and in the presence of H.H. Sheikh Dr. Sultan Bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah.
The event, which will run until February 13th, highlights the most beloved monuments within the emirate via a spectacular light show based around the theme of travel across time. This year, 23 locations will be lit across Sharjah, from Al Maghfirah Mosque and University City Hall to the new Planetarium and Jubail Fish and Vegetable market. Pedestrians will be able to enjoy interactive locations around the Sharjah Corniche, while outside the city itself events will be held at Khorfakkan University, Kalba, and Al Dhaid.
Displays will vary from building to building, with each one providing a canvas for a different story. At Masjid Al Taqwa, for example, the light show will consist of projected scenery captured from the window of a train in order to convey the feeling of being “lost in transit”.
In the past, the festival, which is regarded as a global event to highlight Emirati, Arabic, and Islamic culture and a platform to combine spiritual heritage, art, technology, and Sharjah’s rich history, has attracted crowds of over 200,000 spectators with its impressive displays.
For something a little bit different this weekend, add the Sharjah Light Festival to your agenda.