Indonesian Consul-General Ridwan Hassan was received by Susan Mikloska, Marketing Director at Central Park Towers and Bassem Zbeeb, Art Director at Gallery Arabesque during His Excellency’s tour of the 4th annual edition of the calligraphy exhibition “Ayaat” held at The Cube at Central Park Towers during the holy month of Ramadan & afterwards throughout the month of June.

The fourth edition of Gallery Arabesque’s Ayaat calligraphy exhibition hosted by Central Park Towers showcases 85 artworks from 48 international calligraphers and showcases a selection of original masterpieces in Arabic calligraphy by 12 of the world’s renowned masters alongside juried artworks from 36 rising calligraphers & students comprising 12 nationalities spanning the Far East to the West & selected from over a hundred submissions. 

Significant presence was for rising talents from SE Asia. The 15 Indonesians, 2 Thai, 1 Singaporean and 1 Chinese are all students of the Jakarta-based Moroccan calligraphy master Belaid Hamidi.

Other participants include eight students from the Institute of Indo-Islamic Art & Culture in Bangalore – India as well as the UAE, KSA, Iran, Syria, Jordan, Morocco, India and Pakistan. Worth noting is the rise of Indonesian calligraphers worldwide steadily gaining prominence in the art world.

Some of them, third-generation students, having learnt at the hands of Hamidi’s first generation students in Al Azhar of Cairo returning to their countries to convey their knowledge in Islamic arts and calligraphy going on to establish art centers in their cities. Hamidi himself, after teaching in Cairo since 2008, followed his students to Jakarta in 2018.

The hard working talented students with exceptional patience and capabilities formed an incredible teaching environment that saw thousands of calligraphers graduating in the last 10 years who went onto participate in international competitions and exhibitions.

Last month, Assafir International Arabic calligraphy competition in Iraq witnessed the first three awards in Diwani style going to Indonesian calligraphers, in addition to three other acknowledgements in the same style. Earlier in 2018, the Istanbul based (RESEARCH CENTRE OF ISLAMIC HISTORY, ART AND CULTURE - IRCICA) launched a regional competition of Calligraphy in South East Asia. IRCICA has been running the highest international competition in Arabic Calligraphy since 1987 and its eleventh international edition was announced in 2018 hacing realized that the growing movement in SE Asia deserved a special program.

Similarly, in December of 2016, Sharjah Calligraphy Museum hosted 50 artworks from 12 female calligraphers of Hamidi’s students in Indonesia, Singapore and Thailand.

Meanwhile UAE’s local talent continues to make a mark with Narjes Noureddine and Eman Al Rahma forging their way through the world of master calligraphy with Narjes having been internationally recognized since 2006 with her first international award from IRCICA – Istanbul followed by several other distinctions. The beauty of an artist such as Narjes is her talent to uphold the standards of Arabic calligraphy as a major visual art translating spoken messages to beautiful representations. Her work can be seen in the verse of poetry welcoming Dubai’s residents decorating the building façade of the Residence & Foreigners Affairs HQ which was composed by HH Sheikh Mohammed as well as the “LetterFall”, a -12 metre-high triptych artwork in Emaar’s Boulevard Plaza Tower of the “Pride of Generations” poem.  Her passion to introduce Arabic calligraphy in new & exciting ways visually continues to inspire other calligraphy students in the UAE.

Similarly Eman Al Rahma, a rising Emirati artist focusing on Arabic Caligraphy founded Arch Lab, a digital online store providing design services with a special focus on Arabic calligraphy in different styles & mediums. Through her art work  exhibited at Ayaat Exhibition, she reflects on the meaning of Qura’anic verses throughout the day in Ramadan as we recite them during prayer or worship. The artworks take the composition of the verse and attempt to illustrate the connection between us and Allah (God) asking for his forgiveness and reward, during the time of fasting, after and before prayer, as the frequency and repetition of these words in our minds form a beautiful echo.

SE Asian Artists included Muhammad Nur, Ahmad Jimly Ashari, Yasir Amrullah, Achmad Jalaludin, Zainul Mujib, Novitasari Dewi, Muhammad Ja'far Shodiq, Feri Budiantoro, Ahmed Idrissi, Riza Nurlaila, Afif Hamidi, Ahmad Sobirin, A.G. Alamsyah, Mahfudi Rasyid, & Nurul Siam Fajriani from Indonesia and from Thailand; Nurhayatee Wado,  Nastara Basa with A'tiqah Suhaimi from Singapore & Mohamad Ali Wang Chi Fi from China.

Also participating were eight very young but eager students from the Institute of Indo-Islamic Art & Culture in Bangalore – India, where the Indian international calligraphy master Muqtar Ahmed teaches Arabic calligraphy and they are Beebee Laisa, Ameerul Islam, Abdullah Faisal, Mohammed Abdul Sattar, Mohammed Ahmed (14 years old), Mariam Asif (13 years old), Zain Ismail Iqbal (12 years old), Basil Muqtar (14 years old).

The exhibition runs until 20th of June.

For more information on Narjess Nourreddine please visit 

Central Park Towers is a dramatic addition to Dubai’s awe-inspiring skyline offering a contemporary urban lifestyle destination which includes an office tower, luxury residential tower and retail podiums.  It is an impressive statement of sophistication within DIFC community. The contemporary design of the Office Tower offers various attractive leasing options and provides spacious community areas including a large outdoor plaza area, contemporary exhibition space, cafes, service retail and al fresco dining.

Arady Developments is a limited liability company established in 2007 as a partnership between Dubai Asset Management (Dubai Properties Group) and Deyaar Developments PJSC. Dubai Asset Management manages properties, communities and destinations.  Deyaar Developments is a leading real estate developer and services company. 

About Gallery Arabesque
Arabesque Arts Est is found to serve the art of Arabic calligraphy and Islamic arts in general by providing art consultancy services, curating and managing art projects, developing art strategies, organizing exhibitions and workshops, teaching and working with outstanding artists to produce art collections and highest quality of art commissions.

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