Under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Dr Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, the Sharjah Light Festival has been enticing visitors to the emirate for 13 years. Crafted to highlight Sharjah’s diverse history, dynamic present, and optimistic future, the festival draws an audience exceeding half a million visitors.
People from across the UAE, including both residents and visitors, make their way to Sharjah to witness the mesmerising displays of the Sharjah Light Festival. This remarkable event seamlessly blends the expertise of renowned artists, light specialists, and composers. Known for its family-friendly atmosphere, the festival holds widespread appeal across various age groups.
Tourists can choose to make stops at iconic landmarks like Al Majaz Waterfront, Al Noor Mosque, and the attractions along the east coast. This provides them with the chance to admire the emirate’s unique architecture and natural landscapes, fostering cherished memories amidst this awe-inspiring celebration.
In addition, the University City area will host a Food trucks zone, known as the Light Village with a variety of outlets, providing a vibrant space for local businesses and families. The light shows draw inspiration from Sharjah’s cultural heritage, showcasing scenes that depict the emirate’s progress in education, arts, communication, environment, history, science, knowledge, and future visions.
The performances at the festival explore the role and future significance of art and heritage, science and education in the world, emphasising the importance of culture and knowledge in overcoming global challenges. Islamic heritage is celebrated with displays incorporating geometry, decorations, calligraphy, and patterns of Islamic arabesque inscriptions found in Sharjah’s architectural gems. Aiming to promote sustainability, all the lights and projectors to be used in the festival will be certified for environmental compliance. Furthermore, adjacent lights will be turned off, leading to a preservation of up to 60% of power in the area. This eco-conscious step marks yet another noteworthy milestone in the continuous journey of the Sharjah Light Festival.