The entire 500-acre Downtown Dubai development is set to be lit up for nine days next year in a speculator display for the inaugural Dubai Festival of Lights.
To be modelled on the popular and long-standing Lyon Festival of Lights (Fête des Lumières de Lyon) held in France each year in December, the Dubai version will take place from March 20 to 29.
Dubai property developer Emaar Properties, which is organising the event in collaboration with the City of Lyon, said it would animate its flagship mega-development with “exceptionally creative thoroughfare illumination and artistic light installations”.
It said all iconic projects within the 500-acre development will be lit up, including Burj Khalifa and The Dubai Mall, which will have a new facade of festive lighting.
Ahmad Al Matrooshi, managing director of Emaar Properties, said: “Dubai Festival of Lights is set to be an extraordinary celebration of artistic creativity and light installations on a scale never experienced before in the region”
He added: “The celebratory lighting for each building and Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard in Downtown Dubai will be dramatically different, creating an unmatched visual splendour, adding to its appeal as the must-visit tourism destination. The City of Lyon has set a global benchmark in festive lighting and we are honoured to partner with them to bring the world’s finest lighting concepts to Dubai.”
Georges Képénékian, vice-mayor of Lyon, in charge of culture, said: “Lyon’s Festival of Lights attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors to our city every year. We are delighted to partner with Emaar and to share our technical and artistic expertise for the iconic Downtown Dubai development.”
He said the elegant architectural features of its buildings would bring an exceptional visual spectacle to Dubai.
“Our involvement in the artistic direction of the Dubai Festival of Lights is strong and sincere, and aims to be a long term partnership, making this new event a great success from the first edition,” he said.