UAE holds Arabic calligraphy exhibition

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The United Arab Emirates (UAE) held an exhibition of Arabic calligraphy Wednesday at the Emirates Palace Hotel, showing works of some 700 calligraphers and artists from 31 countries or regions around the world.

Sheikh Sultan bin Tahnoon Al Nahyan, chairman of the Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage (ADACH), inaugurated the exhibition, which was entitled "Gifts of the Pen."

The participants, including 14 calligraphers from the UAE, exhibited about 1,000 works of calligraphy inscription, according to organizers.

Following the opening of the exhibition, a ceremony honoring winners of the 8th International Arabic Calligraphy Competition was also held at the Emirates Palace Hotel.

Addressing the ceremony, Sheikh Sultan said his country is committed to safeguarding the cultural heritage of the Arab world.

"The contest seeks to etch a map detailing the geographical spread of various art forms. It wishes to develop an artistic, creative and competitive environment in which the works of various calligraphers can be displayed," he said.

"Through this competition, we are affirming our continued support for the building of cultural and humanitarian bridges throughout Abu Dhabi and the UAE. We hope that this can be achieved through a combination of better communication, the transcending of geographical boundaries, and the offer of access to a wide variety of cultures," Sheikh Sultan added.

There were a total of 68 awards, including appreciation awards, in the competition, organized by the Istanbul-based Research Center for Islamic History, Art and Culture and sponsored by ADACH. The cash prize totalled 126,500 U.S. dollars, organizers said.

The competition covers 10 types of Arabic calligraphy styles and follows the traditional school of calligraphy, using classical ink and traditionally prepared paper.

This year's contest was named after Muhammed Badawi al-Dirani, an eminent Syrian calligrapher who died in 1967.

Source: Xinhua


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