The Sharjah Water Festival 2012 had a sensational start on Wednesday, Nov. 12 with HE Sheikh Sultan Bin Ahmed Al Qassimi, Chairman of Sharjah Media Corporation, formally opening the sixth edition of the popular festival at Al Majaz Park.

The 10-day festival, organised by the SCTDA for the sixth year and featuring popular entertainment and amusement activities sourced from around the world, will run until December 21.

The Sharjah Water Festival, celebrating the theme of water and related activities, has always attracted families from across the country and beyond.

Underscoring the success of the Water Festival which is seen in the growing number of visitors in the past few years, Mohamed Ali Al Noman, Chairman of Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority said, “Last year more than 180,000 people visited Al Majaz Park during ten days of the Festival. This year the number is expected to exceed 200,000 visitors, which will help the tourism sector and the economy.”

This year, the Magic of Water, or the Russian Circus on Water, tops the diverse fun and entertainment on the offer at the Water Festival. The show mixes impossible combinations of fire and water, taking viewers to a fantasy world filled with acrobats, equilibrists and gymnasts. Besides, children can meet their hero Sinbad the Sailor in a voyage across seas and discovery of magical places and cultures.

Another important show is the Ohmies American Musical, which will get the young and old sing along. The SWF mascot Mouj will meet all his friends once again in the Mouj Fantasy Show taking his friends on a magical journey. Then there are Burmese and Poland puppet shows, Toy Box show from the US and Arlecchino and the Witch from Italy etc.

A special show was hosted by Mouj for thousands of school students at Cultural Palace.