The Sharjah Light Festival 2012 is turning out to be a bigger hit than last year with more than 100,000 UAE residents and foreign tourists from across the region and beyond visiting the 12 locations across the emirate during the first four days of the festival.

Mohamed Ali Al Noman, Chairman of the Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority, which is hosting the one of its kind event in the Middle East for the second consecutive year, said that he and his team were overwhelmed by the unprecedented popular response to the festival.

Al Noman attributed the response to people’s expectations based on the shows last year and the grand spectacle put together this year by the renowned European artists and experts.  “This year, we and our European partners and artists have tried to make the SLF shows more spectacular and more focused on Sharjah and the region, which seems to have hit a chord with the visitors,” he reasoned. “No wonder the performances at all 12 locations across the emirate have been attracting the attention of both the young and old.”

His Highness Sheikh Sultan Bin Mohammed Al Qassimi, Member of Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, showed the green light to the SLF 2012 Thursday evening at a grand and spectacular show celebrating 40 eventful years of the emirate and the UAE.

The SCTDA Chairman said that the SLF, only in its second year, has already become one of the most significant and wholesome family entertainment events in the UAE and the region.  “It’s popular and all-family events like these that boost Sharjah’s profile on the world tourism map,” said Al Noman expressing confidence that thousands of more families from across the region will visit Sharjah all through this week.

In its second edition, the SLF is being hosted at 12 locations across the emirate. However, Al Qasba, the main venue of the festival is attracting the largest number of visitors thanks to some amazing shows by European artists and technical wizards.

Skertzo, a European group of artists known for their expertise in the art of illusion, have transformed the exterior of Al Qasba with shows celebrating Sharjah and its history and spirit.  On the other hand, Pascal Morys has created a new world in three dimensions on the interior wall of Al Qasba. All shows are free for public and are repeatedly held from 7pm to 12 at night until Friday.