Tuesday 20 September 2022 – 18:07
DUBAI, September 20 / WAM / The activities of the “Al Owais Forum for Arabic Calligraphy” were launched at the Sultan Bin Ali Al Owais Cultural Foundation with the participation of 63 pioneering and young calligraphers from various schools.
The forum was inaugurated yesterday by His Excellency Mohammed Ahmed Al Murr, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Library, accompanied by His Excellency the author Abdul Ghaffar Hussein, His Excellency Abdul Hamid Ahmed, Secretary General of the Sultan Bin Ali Al Owais Cultural Foundation, His Excellency Dr. Fatima Al Sayegh, Member of the Board, and His Excellency Khalid Al Jallaf, Chairman of the Emirates Society for Arabic Calligraphy.
His Excellency was briefed on all the participants’ works, which were close to 110 pieces, written and drawn to perfection, and praised their creativity and wished them more success, especially as they maintain a great cultural identity by continuing to learn and teach this craftsmanship that stirs emotions and elevates them to a sublime level.
On the sidelines of the forum, the Sultan Bin Ali Al Owais Cultural Foundation organized a symposium entitled “Light on the journey of Arabic calligraphy in the Emirates for half a century”, where calligrapher Khaled Al Jallaf, president of the Emirates Society for the Art of Arabic Calligraphy, and the calligrapher Taj Al Sir Hassan, one of the most prominent calligraphers in the Emirates, participated.
Al-Jallaf said: Arabic calligraphy has gone through many stages during its course from pre-Islamic times to the present day, and scholars of the history of writing believe that the script went through several stages until it reached us in the form it is now. .
On his part, calligrapher Taj Al-Sir Hassan said that in the last four decades, Arabic calligraphy has witnessed a revival and renaissance in Arab and Islamic countries, and the UAE played a central and important role in this renaissance.
WAM / Muhammad Jaballah / Awad Al-Mukhtar / Zakaria Mohieldin