Dubai – UAE, : The Islamic & Arabic calligraphy exhibition being held on the sidelines of the 19th edition of the Award saw a distinguished participation from Emirati calligraphist Hussain Al Hashemi. His designs, featuring two Arabic words transliterated as ‘Basmala’ and ‘Kafhayainsad’, have taken the audience aback.
The Exhibition is being run in collaboration with the Dubai Culture & Arts Authority (Dubai Culture) at the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry where the international Award is organised over the period from Ramadan 01 to 18.
Al Hashemi, born in Abu Dhabi in 1959, is the first gulf artist from the UAE to be accredited in Arabic calligraphy by the Research Centre for Islamic History, Art and Culture in Turkey.
Al Hashemi was trained by popular Kuwaiti calligraphist Mustafa bin Nakhi in the early 70s, following which he learnt the art of calligraphy at the Abdullah Al Salem Secondary School, Kuwait, and graduated in 1979.
Set to sharpen his talent, he went through a number of arts courses at the Arts Institute in Baghdad where he benefited from the expertise of the prominent Iraqi calligraphists Hashem Al Baghdadi and Sadiq Al Duri.
His calligraphy famous designs, such as the logos of the Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi and the UAE Air Forces, speak volume. He was therefore awarded several times due to his masterpieces. He was granted the Sultan Contest Award and the Owais Award for Studies and Creativity.
The Show is in line with DIHQA tireless effort to improve and promote Islamic and Arabic calligraphy abundantly is used in transcribing the holy Quran and decorating manuscripts and mosques here, according to a senior official.
H.E Ibrahim Bu Melha, Head of the Award Organising Committee, who is also Adviser to the Ruler of Dubai for Cultural and Humanitarian Affairs, said the function is a quantum addition to the diverse activities of the competition annually held under the patronage of His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.
“The Exhibition displays how government departments can typically collaborate to run events and exhibitions in an outstanding way, and give a boost to the position of the emirate of Dubai regionally and internationally.”