H.H. Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Crown Prince and Deputy Ruler of Sharjah also attended the event.
Hosted by the Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority, the nine day long night Light Festival will run from February 6 to 14 at 12 locations across the Emirate of Sharjah.
Mohammed Ali Al Noman, Director General of Sharjah Commercial and Tourism Development Authority (SCTDA) welcomed in his inaugural speech the Ruler of Sharjah, noting that “Our Emirate today celebrates its annual innovation as it launches the fourth Sharjah Light Festival.” Celebrated under the theme of Sharjah the Capital of Islamic Culture 2014, the Sharjah Light Festival will use the magic of lighting and latest technology to narrate the story of Sharjah’s Islamic heritage, history and magnificent architecture.
The Sharjah Light Festival was first hosted by the SCTDA four years ago and it has been hugely successful and popular attracting more spectators and extensive media coverage at the regional and international levels.
The festival locations this year include Sharjah Municipality, Kuwait Square, Cultural Palace Square, King Faisal Mosque, Al Majaz Mosque, Al Majaz Waterfront, Central Souk, Al Qasba (internal facades), Dr Sheikh Sultan Al Qasimi Centre of Gulf Studies, Hamza Bin Abdul Mottaleb Mosque in Kalba, and Omar Bin Al Khattab Mosque in Khorfakkan. The performances will be held every night from 7pm to 11pm on weekdays and until midnight during weekends.
Among others present were Sheikh Abdullah bin Mohammed Al Thani, Adviser in the office of Sharjah Ruler, Sheikh Mohammed bin Saud Al Qasimi, Chairman of the Department of Central Finance, Sheikh Essam bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Sheikh Sultan bin Ahmed Al Qasimi, Chairman of the Sharjah Media Centre, Sheikh Mohammed bin Humaid bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, other Sheikhs and Al Noman.