New Year in Sharjah and the 10th Annual Light Festival!
The Voice of Chandigarh News: Travel Trade Reporter
Most of you are already making travel plans for 2020 and here is why you must begin the New Year by visiting Sharjah.
Sharjah is so close: The emirate of Sharjah is a gem in the UAE that is a must-visit. Just a 3-4 hour long flight (depending upon your city) will transport you to this captivating emirate, on a family holiday filled with laughter and great fun!
With over 17 potential long weekends in 2020, we encourage you to resuscitate your wanderlust in Sharjah. On the last weekend of this year, bid farewell to 2019 at astounding locations like the Al Noor Island in the company of exotic species of butterflies or by gazing at the faraway stars from the red sands of Mleiha.
Welcome 2020 in style: Strike a stunning pose in the Rain Room for those envious Instagram followers of yours. Capture adventurous moments while dune bashing and make every minute of your desert safari a memorable one. Shop in some of the best Souqs in the world like the Central Souq, Souq Al Shanasiyah, Souq Al Arsah, Souq Al Jubail and many others. Shop for jewellery, dates, Arabic coffee and New Year souvenirs for your loved ones.
Attend the 10th Sharjah Light Festival: Every year, in February, the Emirate of Sharjah illuminates its architectural glory. The Sharjah Light Festival in 2020 is scheduled from 5-15 February and is a perfect ‘reason’ to visit Sharjah, next year.
The festival unveils in the form of light and music shows on iconic constructions like the University City Hall, Police Academy, Heart of Sharjah, Al Noor Mosque and Al Qasba in the West to Municipality buildings in Kalba and Khorfakkan in the East Coast of Sharjah. Spread across multiple locations, each show in the festival narrates a unique story, curated by renowned artists from all over the world. Every show lasts approximately for 10-20 minutes and plays on a loop from 6 pm to 11 pm on weekdays and continues till midnight on Sundays.
Every year the elements of the light festival remain a closely held secret, the awe-inspiring festival is always a special surprise, however, with the help of technology advancements, the decorations, lightings and musical celebrations are expected to be bigger and better than ever especially as it will be the 10th anniversary year. There will be international and local artists, curators and musicians creating a fascinating display of lights, colours and music in the city plus an exciting collaboration with 2 of the most highly regarded universities in the area, students from AUS and the University of Sharjah will participate in the creation of two special shows to be projected on the main buildings of both universities.
In addition to this 11-day long celebration, the closing ceremony at the Al Majaz waterfront is a carnival not to be missed. Boats in the shape of dragons that spit fire; dancers tapping their feet to dreamy music and firecrackers that brighten up the evening sky set a dreamlike spectacle.
Sharjah is a perfect destination for all your travel desires for 2020. From thrilling adventures in the sands of Mleiha to museums that are storehouses of rich culture and ancient history, Sharjah is for everyone.
The emirate of Sharjah is well-known for its rich, cultural heritage – an identity that has been recognized a number of times as shown by the winning of the Cultural Capital of the Arab World 1998 and Islamic Culture Capital 2014 awards. It is a vibrant city with an exciting food and arts scene, a heritage area that is the largest restoration project in the region along with various commercial centres and over 22 museums.