Friday, February 11, 2011

Sharjah Lights festival

Sharjah: The week-long Sharjah Lights Festival was officially inaugurated yesterday evening, lighting up 12 landmarks across the city.

The Lights Festival was launched by the Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority and runs until February 18.

It was inaugurated by His Highness Dr Shaikh Sultan Bin Mohammad Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah. The lights will cover the Sharjah Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Al Qasba, Al Majaz Park, Al Noor Mosque and Palm Oasis.

After inaugurating the festival, Shaikh Sultan went on a cruise from Al Qasba Canal to Khalid Lagoon.

The lights will also cover the Central Souq, the Heritage and Arts Area, the Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilization, Al Maghfira Mosque, Al Hisn Fort, Cultural Palace Square and the government buildings at Al Layyeh Area.

High quality products

The festival will see the use of a new high quality light presentation technique, Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs), which consumes minimal power.

The light shows are being supervised and monitored by world-class professionals and artistes with experience in organising similar festivals in Lyon, France and Berlin, Germany.

"Its distinct blend of tradition and modernity gives Sharjah its unique charm and has helped it emerge as the capital of Arab and Islamic culture," Shaikh Sultan Bin Ahmad Al Qasimi, chairman of Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority (SCTDA) said.