Dubai has always been shiny, shimmery and splendid! Just when I thought I'm used to its extravagant surprises, the city of glitz and glamour made my jaw drop once again! Ed and I just witnessed the much-talked about Dubai Festival of Lights at The Centre of Now, Downtown Dubai.
Dubai Festival of Lights is the newest vibrant celebration in the city that never fails to amaze the world. The spectacular event is organized by Emaar Properties, in partnership with the City of Lyon where one of the world's biggest festivals 'Fete des Lumieres' is being held. They have created a 10-day celebration of light, art and culture which made the bustling modern part of Dubai beaming in a whole new light.
Minutes before sundown, Ed and I grabbed a festival map and planned our scenic route in the "brightest square kilometer on earth". There are 32 light installations, each made by world-renowned artists, scattered all over Downtown. There are luminous art pieces and sculptures, breathtaking light projections, light choreography and video mapping. We were treated to a visual feast!
I think, it is best to let the photos and videos speak for themselves.
|The Prince of Light by Damien Fontaine at Souk at Bahar|
The Prince of Light video
|XXLustre by Pitaya Light at The Dubai Mall Star Atrium|
|Aquarium Car by Stephanie Masson at The Dubai Mall Waterfront Promenade|
|Mirage Metropolis by Jean-Charles De Castelbajac at Souk Al Bahar|
|The Water Dragon by BIBI at Burj Lake|
|Stars Gate by Fabrice Oudin at The Palace Downtown Dubai|
|Mikado by Edouard Levine at The Palace Downtown Dubai|
Vertigo by Les Orpailleurs De Lumiere at Souk Al Bahar/The Palace gate
|Vegetalization by Richard Fontaine at Al Manzil Hotel|
|Keyframes by Groupe Laps at Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard|
|Star Fishermen by Akira-Lisa Ichii at Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard|
|Elephantastic by Catherine Garret at Burj Residence|
|Big Tree by Jacques Rival and The World According to Piet by Daniel Knipper at Burj Plaza|
|Big Bag by Jacques Rival at the Burj Lake|
|Pennants of the Party by Sebastien Lefevre behind us|
|Ombrellum by TILT at the Burj Park|
|Luminous Algae by Aerosculpture at the Burj Lake|
|Metamorphosis by Jerome Tor'q at the gardens of Burj Khalifa|
The Anookis at Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard
We were only able to see 26 out of the 32 amazing art pieces; blame it on my not so comfy flats. On our 18th stop, I was already walking barefoot on the grassy Burj Park. Nevertheless, it was all worth the tired legs and aching feet! :) Hate long walks? Purchase a Boulevard Bus Tour ticket or ride a Byky to explore Downtown at your own pace. For a private tour, rent a Segway at Vida Hotel.
Dubai Festival of Lights runs from March 20, 2014 to March 29, 2014!
Light shows start at 7pm until 12mn.
Location: Downtown Dubai
|Dubai Festival of Lights 2014 map courtesy of the event's official website|