x Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 19 February 2018

Eighth annual Sharjah Light Festival begins - in pictures 

Stories of Sheikh Zayed will be reflected in display over the next 11 days with 18 different locations featuring 24 internationally and locally renowned artists 

Things lighten up in Sharjah every year at this time with a certain glow coming over the emirate thanks to the annual lights festival.

Historical buildings, government departments and notable landmarks were lit up last night and will continue to shine bright until February 17. This year marks the eighth edition of the festival that celebrates science, creativity and heritage.

Stories of Sheikh Zayed, the Founding Father of the nation will be reflected in the display over the next 11 days with 23 different shows by 24 artists, both internationally and locally renowned, being featured.

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The event, which attracted as many as 700,000 visitors to the emirate last year, is organised by the Sharjah Tourism Development Authority and daily shows run from 6pm to 11pm on weekdays and until midnight on weekends.

Locations worth checking out include Dr Sultan Al Qasimi Centre for Gulf Studies; Sharjah University Campus Avenue; University City Hall; Sharjah Police Academy; Khalid Lagoon; Al Noor Mosque; Palm Oasis; the House of Justice; the Heart of Sharjah and the Sharjah Fort (Al Hisn).

There are two new routes in the City Sightseeing tour to allow greater public access. Go to www.sharjahfestival.ae