Updated on January 16, 2021
Saudi Ministry of Culture issues new Arabic calligraphy stamp
- A special stamp bearing the words “Year of Arabic Calligraphy” will be affixed to the passports of passengers arriving in the Kingdom
RIYADH: The Saudi Ministry of Culture has issued a new stamp to raise awareness of Arabic calligraphy and encourage pride in Arab identity and culture.
The campaign was carried out in cooperation with the Ministry of the Interior, represented by the Directorate General of Passports.
The special stamp, bearing the words “Year of Arabic Calligraphy”, will be affixed to the passports of passengers arriving in the Kingdom through the airports of Riyadh, Jeddah and Dammam from Friday. It will also be translated into English for non-Arab visitors. It aims to showcase Arabic calligraphy as an autonomous art that reflects the richness of the Arabic language and its written aesthetic.
Other initiatives include renaming the Madinah-based Dar Al-Qalam Center to “Prince Mohammed bin Salman World Center for Arabic Calligraphy” and transforming it into a global hub for calligraphy.
The Ministry of Culture also announced the launch of the first electronic platform for teaching Arabic calligraphy and Islamic decoration, called “Al-Khattat Platform” (Calligrapher Platform). He also launched an initiative, in cooperation with the Ministry of Sports, to Arabicize the names of players on team shirts during sports competitions.
The Ministry of Culture has announced that it will extend the “Year of Arabic Calligraphy” campaign until 2021.