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Visual splendor returns to Sharjah with the inauguration of the thirteenth edition of the Sharjah Light Festival (SLF) on Wednesday, a spectacle that promises to exceed all expectations. Under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Supreme Council member and ruler of Sharjah, the festival will run until February 18, offering twelve nights of pure luminous magic celebrating the rich heritage of the UAE.

Organized by the Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority (SCTDA), the SLF has established itself as one of the most anticipated events on the emirate's cultural calendar. Through the use of cutting-edge lighting technologies that are not only advanced but also environmentally friendly, the festival invites residents and visitors to explore Sharjah in a new light, literally. From 6:00 pm to 11:00 pm, and extending until midnight on weekends, the SLF creates a unique festive atmosphere that delights everyone.

This year, the festival features the participation of more than 15 international artists who will bring to life 12 iconic locations across Sharjah, including three new additions: the Sharjah Police Headquarters, the General Souk - Al Hamriyah, and the Kalba promenade. Locations already known and loved by the public, such as the Khalid Lagoon, Al Majaz promenade, and Al Noor Mosque, will be transformed with stunning light installations that tell stories of culture, history and nature.

The 'Light Village', located in front of the Sharjah University City Hall building, promises to be a central focal point for the festival, offering visitors an immersive experience that combines art, technology and tradition. This space will serve as the pulsating heart of the festival, where the community can gather to admire luminous artwork and participate in interactive activities.

The impact of the Sharjah Festival of Light transcends the visual and aesthetic; it acts as an economic and tourism driver, attracting 1.3 million visitors last year. This influx of visitors not only celebrates the beauty of the emirate, but also supports the local economy, boosting sectors such as hospitality, catering and retail.

The SLF is not just a celebration of light and creativity; it is a symbol of Sharjah's commitment to culture, education and the environment. By integrating sustainability at its core, the festival demonstrates how art and technology can merge to create experiences that are not only beautiful, but also responsible to our planet.

As Sharjah prepares to once again dazzle residents and visitors alike, the Sharjah Festival of Light 2024 stands as a shining testament to innovation, tradition and community, inviting all to look at the emirate in a whole new light.

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