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FNC speaker opens calligraphy exhibition

Filed on February 17, 2012

DUBAI The 7th Dubai International Exhibition for Arabic Calligraphy welcomed visitors on Thursday as world-renowned artists presented their works at the Scientific and Cultural Association in Al Mamzar in Dubai.

Mohammed Al Murr, Speaker of Federal National Council (FNC) and Deputy Chairman of the Dubai Culture and Arts Authority, inaugurated the exhibition. He said, “UAE leaders have been highly supportive of the initiatives designed to develop and promote the art whose beauty appeals to a global audience.”

Al Murr, whose Arabic calligraphy works are being displayed in a special wing at the eight-day exhibition, said the successful hosting of Arabic calligraphy shows in the UAE, especially Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah, reflects the significance attached to this art form by the people and Rulers of the UAE. The strong desire among Emiratis to preserve their unique Arab identity and their pride in Islamic and Arab heritage behind the popularity of Arabic calligraphy has helped the art prosper, he added.

Participating calligraphers explained their works to the visitors. The exhibition has been organised by the Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM).

Running until February 23 and open to public, the exhibition features 42 selected works of 22 calligraphers from 12 countries, including the UK, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Jordan, Iraq, Syria, Egypt, Tunisia, Algeria, Turkey and Iran.

The exhibition is being organised under the patronage of Shaikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Dubai Executive Council, and with the cooperation of the Research Centre for Islamic History, Art and Culture (IRCICA), the Istanbul-based cultural arm of Organisation of Islamic Countries (OIC).

The educational seminars and technical workshops will deal with the history and evolution of Arabic calligraphy and different schools of Arabic calligraphy in the Islamic and Muslim communities around the world.

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