His Highness Dr Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, opened on Thursday evening the 3rd Sharjah Light Festival 2013 at Al Qasba.
Present at the opening were Sheikh Abdullah bin Salem Al Qasimi, Deputy Ruler of Sharjah, Sheikhs and senior officials.
Mohamed Ali Al Noman, Director-General of the Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority (SCTDA), welcomed in a speech Sheikh Sultan under whose patronage the festival is being held for the third consecutive year and will run until February 15 at 14 landmarks in various parts of Sharjah.
"Sharjah is the capital of Arab culture, the capital of Islamic culture and the capital of Arab tourism. The story goes on, thanks to the vision of His Highness Dr Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi," he said.
The Festival of Lights promising will turn the spotlight on Sharjah's celebrated monuments, landmarks and history and culture using some of the most advanced and sophisticated lighting techniques, 3D imagery and artistic contributions by internationally acclaimed artists and technical wizards from Europe and the region.
Several new exciting shows and features by international artists who have performed in several world capitals will be debuting in this year's Light Festival, which is the first of its kind in the Middle East, besides adding two new locations to the SLF venues namely Khorfakkan and Kalba on the East Coast.
While the focus of the SLF 2013 shows will be on the Emirati and Arab seafaring traditions, the 14 locations that will create the magic this year include Al Qasba External and Internal Facades, Sharjah Hisn (Fort), Masjid Al Noor, Cultural Palace Square, Al Majaz Waterfront, Khalid Lagoon, Masjid Al Majaz, Courthouse Complex, Central Souk, Sharjah Consultative Council and Kuwait Square, Sharjah International Airport, Masjid Omar Bin Al Khattab in Khorfakkan and Sharjah University Campus in Kalba on the East Coast.