Souk Al Bahar, the dining, leisure, and shopping destination with Arabesque architectural features located at The Old Town in Downtown Dubai, and a key mall development by Emaar Malls Group, is marking the Holy Month of Ramadan with the ‘Art of Calligraphy’ exhibition.

The Art of Calligraphy' exhibition being held until September 10 at Souk Al Bahar in Downtown Dubai.
The Art of Calligraphy' exhibition being held until September 10 at Souk Al Bahar in Downtown Dubai.

The exhibition will be held until September 10, 2011, is presented by Glory Art Gallery, and features Arabic calligraphy works of globally recognised and emerging artists showcasing their talent in the art of illumination. It also provides viewers with a comprehensive overview of the evolution of Arabic calligraphy, the different styles, the various media used and socio-cultural significance.

Nasser Rafi, Chief Executive Officer of Emaar Malls Group, said: “The exhibition at Souk Al Bahar opens doors to the evolution and history of calligraphy, and is a perfect fit to our Ramadan celebrations. The exhibition is expected to encourage talented youngsters to pursue the fine art of calligraphy, and give visitors to Downtown Dubai a true experience of our cultural and artistic heritage.”

From depicting the verses from the Holy Quran to serving as stamps of authority and detailing historic tales, calligraphy in the Arab world has a vivid heritage. The organisers of the exhibition, Emaar Malls Group, Souk Al Bahar and Glory Art Gallery, have undertaken extensive research to present the facts of Arabic calligraphy in a simple manner that appeals to all visitors. The exhibition is displayed at various points on level two of Souk Al Bahar.

Souk Al Bahar (meaning ‘Market of the Sailor’) derives its name from its traditional Souk-style architecture featuring natural stone corridors, high archways and subdued lighting and its unique ‘waterfront’ location on Burj Lake. Opening to spectacular views of The Dubai Fountain, the mall overlooks Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building, and is directly linked to The Dubai Mall, the world’s largest shopping and entertainment destination.

Souk Al Bahar offers a novel shopping and dining out experience for visitors to Downtown Dubai, described as ‘The Centre of Now.’ It features several stores including over 22 food and beverage outlets, several of them framing the mall’s waterfront promenade. More info