Creative and innovative expression in the Middle Eastern region has followed the distinct form of hierarchy compared to the Western region. Besides this, in the middle ages, calligraphers in the region were rewarded for their artistic efforts. Also, they were commissioned for creating inscriptions for the street murals and decorate mosques. Recently Arabic calligraphy appeared throughout the region with crucial traditional landmarks in modern architecture. Besides this, it also appeared in the form of woven fabric that was visible in the nation.
In UAE’s capital, one such innovative and creative example of Arabic calligraphy was found in the overwhelming Qasr Al Watan, a presidential palace in Abu Dhabi. The palace’s structure was a tribute to the Arabian artistry with echoing aesthetic principles followed in the Middle Eastern region’s contemporary art (Yunis, 2020). The interior portion of Qasr Al Watan consisted of decorative objects and installations that represented domestic design heritage. Qasr Al Watan’s entrance was surrounded by two decorative sculptures of Arabic calligraphy that appeared in full view. The palace was furnished in silver from where the sunlight reflected the shiny rays and surfaces. This was filtered through the installation that gave a mesmerizing effect in a mystical glow.
Yunis, A. (2020). Coming soon Encounters on the road to heritage and film in the UAE. https://pure.uva.nl/ws/files/53266891/Back_matter.pdfOrder Now