Get ready to be dazzled…

Ever scrolled through the ‘Gram and seen those beautiful photos of Sharjah illuminated by colourful lights? No, it isn’t the works of AI, the photos are very much real and are a part of the Sharjah Light Festival which takes place annually during the winter season.

Now in its 13th year, the Sharjah Light Festival began on February 7 and if you haven’t seen it yet, you only have until February 18, 2024.

During the dazzling festival, 17 cultural and tourist sites and landmarks in Sharjah will be illuminated in a snap-worthy mesmerising art display created by globally renowned artists.

Expect to see a celebration of science, creativity and heritage in a display of lights, colours and music at beloved landmarks.

Now these landmarks are already quite stunning in their own way already, but they will be further enhanced at the festival using an interplay of lights, music and a dynamic narrative articulating the emirate’s past, present and future aspirations.

On Thursday, Friday and Saturday, the show begins at 6pm and runs until 12pm.

These are the locations you need to head to to see the spectacular display: 

  1. General Directorate of Sharjah Police
  2. General Souq – Al Hamriyah
  3. Kalba Waterfront
  4. University City Hall
  5. Light Village 
  6. Al Noor Mosque
  7. Khalid Lagoon Corniche
  8. Sharjah Mosque
  9. Al Majaz Waterfront
  10. Sharjah Fort (Al Hisn)
  11. Al Hamriyah Municipality building
  12. Al Dhaid Fort
  13. Al Rafisah Dam in Khorfakkan
  14. Kalba Clock Tower
  15. Sheikh Rashid bin Ahmed Al Qasimi Mosque in Dibba Al Hisn
  16. Beeah Group Headquarters

Sharjah light festival

Don’t miss the drone show

Missing (or missed) the drone show in Dubai? At the Sharjah Police Headquarters, you can even catch a drone show as the light illuminates the building.

The drones will take to the skies over this weekend only Saturday, February 17 during the light show.

And there’s more…

Sharjah Light Festival

From February 1, you can even visit the Light Village in front of the University City Hall building in Sharjah with over 55 small and medium-sized national projects.

Commenting on the festival, HE Khalid Jassim Al Midfa, Chairman of the Sharjah Commerce & Tourism Development Authority, said, ‘The Sharjah Light Festival is a prestigious global event, reflecting the emirate’s role as a beacon of art, culture, and heritage in the region.’ He added that the festival is a testament to Sharjah’s ‘commitment to fusing art, culture, heritage, and innovation, thereby enhancing the experience of tourists and visitors worldwide.’

For more information, visit

Featured image: left @alphaspotting, right @tgfromdubai
Article images: Supplied