Haya fascinates DIHQA audience with calligraphy masterpiece

Haya fascinates DIHQA audience with calligraphy masterpiece

Emirati calligrapher Haya Obaid Al Ketbi, born in the UAE, is one of the most gifted Emirati female artists, and her calligraphy strokes of genius speak volume.



By Ahmed Shaaban/senior Reporter

Published: Sat 27 Jun 2015, 12:54 PM

Last updated: Wed 8 Jul 2015, 3:09 PM

Emirati calligrapher Haya Obaid Al Ketbi's spectacular calligraphy chef-d’oeuvre features a prophetic hadith or saying in which Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: ‘May I inform you of something, if you do, you love each other.Dubai – The Islamic & Arabic calligraphy exhibition being held on the sidelines of the 19th edition of the Dubai International Holy Quran Award saw an impressive masterpiece by the renowned Emirati calligrapher Haya Obaid Al Ketbi.

Her spectacular calligraphy chef-d’oeuvre features a prophetic hadith or saying in which Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: ‘May I inform you of something, if you do, you love each other. Promote greeting amongst you’.

The Exhibition is being run in collaboration with the Dubai Culture & Arts Authority (Dubai Culture) at the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Dubai Chamber) where the international competition is taking place over the period from Ramadan 01 to 18.

Competent Emirati calligrapher Haya Obaid Al Ketbi, born in the UAE, is one of the most gifted Emirati female artists, and her calligraphy strokes of genius speak volume.

Haya, though graduated from the Faculty of Education at Emirates University, Science Major, decided to devote herself to the art of Arabic calligraphy and has become a member of the Sharjah Centre for the Art of Arabic Calligraphy & Ornamentation since 2009.

Haya participated in several local and international calligraphy exhibitions. These include the Anamil Exhibition held on the sidelines of the Islamic Arts Festival and Medad & Al-Watan’s Exhibition, UAE.

She also revealed her skills abroad as in Algeria’s Calligraphy and Ornamentation event, Jeddah Visual Art Exhibition (2011), GCC Artists Exhibition - Muscat (2012), Female Calligraphers Exhibition in Geneva (2013), and the International Ornamentation Festival in Algeria, (2010).

Showing an outstanding talent, Haya has won the UAE Women’s art prize and another prize from the Sultan Bin Al Owais Cultural Foundation, let alone many other rewards and appreciation certificates locally and abroad.

Haya held many open calligraphy workshops for public in different events. She participated in several local calligraphy exhibitions organized by the Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing in Dubai, Sharjah Governments, and other local parties.

All set to quench her thirst for this refine art, Haya is currently studying Arabic calligraphy under the guidance of renowned artists Mohamed Al Nouri and Farooq Al Hada.

ahmedshaaban@khaleejtimes.com


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