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Sharjah Lights Festival aims to attract GCC visitors



Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority (Sctda) recently announced the fifth edition of Sharjah Lights Festival 2015, the first event of its kind in the region, which will run from February 5 to 13. To take place across 14 locations in Sharjah, the event coincides with the announcement of the Sharjah Arab Tourism Capital for 2015.

Sctda confirmed that the emirate aims to attract a large number of visitors during the festival, mostly citizens and residents of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) nations. Sharjah is one of the most popular destinations for tourists from the Gulf region.

The Sharjah Lights Festival offers a unique combination of light and music to create innovative three-dimensional designs using state-of-the-art techniques that consume minimal power. The captivating artwork created as part of the festival on major buildings highlight the historical heritage of Sharjah and its Islamic architecture. The event supports the tourism sector in Sharjah and enhances its status as a tourist destination.

Sharjah will celebrate this year at many levels and in all its festivals and activities this year. Sctda has invited the world to visit Sharjah and discover its glorious heritage and charm as it ushers in the Sharjah Light Festival.

For nine nights, the spotlight will be on the emirate as it creates a beautiful and harmonious blend of tradition and modernity. The Sharjah Light Festival this year includes 14 locations across the emirate.

Several new locations have been added to the festival sites this year. These are Masjid Al Taqwa at Al Majaz Waterfront, Al Majaz Amphitheatre overlooking the Khalid Lagoon, the Cultural Square in Sharjah city, Masjid Al Muhajerin in Dibba Al Hisn, University of Sharjah campus in Khorfakkan, University of Sharjah campus in Kalba, and Masjid Ammar bin Yasser in Dhaid.

Among the most popular and regular Light Festival attractions, Al Nour Mosque once again stands out with its beauty and intricate design. Al Qasba Internal and External Facades, Central Souk and Al Majaz Waterfront (along with Masjid Al Taqwa) are other popular SLF sites.

The festival also offers several new features and shows. The two new attractions to watch out for are the کKhalid Lagoon Corniche Light Design Show' and کKhalid Lagoon Giraffes' Parade.'

The festival has succeeded in attracting thousands of visitors and families all these years.

Sctda is marketing the festival at the regional level through promotional campaigns organised across the GCC. It is also promoting the event internationally through its participation in important tourism events.

The SLF is supported by Sharjah Municipality, Sharjah Transport, Sharjah Police Headquarters, SHUROOQ, Zulal, Directorate of Public Works, Sharjah Civil Defence Department, and SEWA as Co-sponsors. Nomada is the Partner of the event while Al Khaleej, Sharjah Media Corporation and Channel 4, 107.8 FM are the Media Sponsors.


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