Dubai Culture launches 10th edition of DIACE

The exhibition brings together 50 noted calligraphers from across the world and explores various styles of calligraphy including modern, classic and decorative

Dubai Culture launches 10th edition of DIACE

Under the theme A Herita38ge Honouring the Letter and the Pen

Dubai, UAE :- Under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, and Chairman of Dubai Executive Council, Dubai Culture & Arts Authority (Dubai Culture), has officially commenced the tenth edition of Dubai International Arabic Calligraphy Exhibition (DIACE), themed A heritage honouring the letter and the pen, at Wafi, Dubai. The exhibition, which runs till 5th May, serves as the concluding event for the sixth edition of Dubai Art Season (DAS), the annual flagship art initiative of Dubai Culture.

The inaugural event was attended by HE Mohammed Al Murr, chairman of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Library; Hala Badri, Director General of Dubai Culture, the writer Abdul Ghaffar Hussain,  HE Bilal Al Budoor chairman of the Cultural and Scientific Association and HE Ali bin Thalith, the secretary general of the Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum International Photography Award (HIPA), in addition to a number of Arab and foreign consuls.

Marking the UAE’s national annual observation of the Year of Tolerance, this year’s edition is laced with more giving and creativity, celebrating Arabic as a language of compassion that reflects the harmonious spectrum of different cultures, coexisting in the UAE. It celebrates the art form that highlights the aesthetic appeal of the written word and showcases the sophisticated manifestations of Islamic art and culture, through a collection of works by accomplished international calligraphers.

Through 38 specialised workshops on modern, classic, and decorative calligraphy, along with a number of insightful panel discussions, the exhibition offers visitors a chance to explore Arabic calligraphy, its different styles, and profound elements, with an aim to promote the cultural and social identity of the entire region. Also, the exhibition showcased more than 80 artworks.

His Excellency AbdulRahman Bin Mohamed Al Owais, Chairman of Dubai Culture, said, “Over the years, Dubai has strengthened its position on the global art and culture map, and has emerged as an incubator for cultural industries, thereby bolstering Dubai’s creative economy. From preserving its rich history to integrating the latest technology into its social fabric, all developmental elements of the emirate have created an enabling environment for creative activities to thrive and drive us towards becoming a knowledge-based economy.”

His Excellency AbdulRahman Bin Mohamed Al Owais, added, “DIACE is an effort to support and promote the use of the Arabic language and expand its scope of use. It shines a spotlight on the magnificence and the diversity of artistic styles that this art form represents. Moreover, the exhibition encourages cultural exchange among artists from around the world, creating an interactive platform to gain in-depth knowledge and understanding about the art of calligraphy, while celebrating the value of tolerance. This year, the number of participants has increased, reflecting the success of its previous editions. Events like DIACE promote ??strategic partnerships related to culture and arts, between the UAE and other countries.”

Dubai Culture aims to enhance Dubai’s cultural scene and draw attention to the UAE’s rich heritage. The Authority’s mandate is to build bridges of constructive dialogue between different civilisations and cultures to enhance Dubai's position as a creative and sustainable global city for culture, heritage, arts, and literature, with the aim to empower these sectors by developing creative and innovative projects and initiatives locally, regionally, and globally.


About Dubai Culture & Arts Authority:

Dubai Culture & Arts Authority (Dubai Culture) was launched on 8th March 2008 by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to drive the growth of the city’s artistic and cultural landscape. The Authority’s vision is to establish Dubai as a global, creative, and sustainable city for culture, arts, heritage, and literature, and to empower these sectors to bring happiness to Dubai’s society.

As part of its mandate, Dubai Culture has several initiatives that are focused on strengthening both the historic and modern cultural fabric of Dubai, including Dubai Art Season, the city’s premier umbrella arts initiative that kicks off with Emirates Airline Festival of Literature and encompasses Art Week which features Art Dubai and SIKKA Art Fair, an annual event aimed at promoting Emirati and local artists in the UAE and the wider GCC region; Dubai Festival for Youth Theatre, an annual festival that fosters the art of theatre in the UAE and celebrated its 12th anniversary in 2018; and Dubai Next, a dynamic platform that aims to showcase the Emirate’s cultural ethos and its vibrant creative scene on the global stage.

The Authority’s other key initiatives include Creatopia ( ), the nation’s first government-empowered virtual community that guides and nurtures the creative culture of the nation, providing a platform of information and opportunities that lead to exposure and personal growth. Dubai Culture also plays a leading role in supporting the UAE National Strategy for Reading 2026 by undertaking a major refurbishment of all Dubai Public Library’s branches to transform them into state- of-art cultural and artistic hubs. Across all of its branches, Dubai Public Library also provides children and young adults with a range of educational and entertaining activities that encourage the use of its facilities. The ‘Our Summer is Filled with Culture & Arts Programme’ is a Dubai Public Library initiative that complements the UAE National Reading Strategy with activities open to all age groups, revolving around four key themes: happiness, reading, family, and the future.

The Authority also manages more than 16 heritage sites across the Emirate and is a key government stakeholder in the development of the Dubai Historical District. As the custodian Authority of Dubai’s museum sector, Dubai Culture officially launched Etihad Museum in December 2016. The museum provides a platform to encourage cultural exchange and to connect Emirati youth with their culture and history. As part of the Authority mandate to support Dubai’s vision of becoming the focal point of diverse cultural exchange (regionally & globally), the museums will play a catalyst role in preserving Emirati Heritage.

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