Under the theme A Heritage Honouring the Letter and the Pen
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, UAE – 28 April 2019 - 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."