Construction work at the $38m (AED140m) Al Majaz Amphitheatre - which will stage the epic oratorio 'Clusters of Light' on 26 March - is more than 90% complete.
The outdoor venue, built over an area of 7,238m2, emulates the style of the ancient Roman theatre. It features a vast viewing platform through which artists can ascend, and is equipped with a high-quality and accuracy-advanced audio system that has never before been used in the region.
Its use of the latest technology is unprecedented in the Middle East, blending sound, lighting, and music in a spectacular fashion, with more than 400 animated lights, 120 sound speakers, and 21 projectors creating a unique effect.
Sheikh Sultan bin Ahmed Al Qassimi, chairman of Sharjah Media Centre and chairman of the Executive Committee for the Sharjah Capital of Islamic Culture 2014 celebrations, said: "The Al Majaz Island Project's many luxurious facilities, which include VIP conference rooms, galleries, and a number of shops, restaurants and green spaces, combine to make a truly spectacular destination. The venue - an open-air semi-circular theatre that can accommodate up to 4,500 spectators - is the ideal stage from which to present such a landmark performance.
"The project aims to ensure Al Majaz Island remains a prominent tourism site, as well as providing an ideal venue for future artistic, cultural and tourism movements in the UAE in general and Sharjah in particular. It will also contribute to securing infrastructure that promotes the global theater movement, which will entrench the position of the UAE and the Emirate of Sharjah as a hub for international tourism.
"It will be a tourist destination that is culturally integrated."