The Reading Club of ALHOSN University, recently held its 5th meeting at the Free Arts Studio of renowned Emirati calligrapher Mohammed Mandi at the Abu Dhabi National Theatre. The activity reflected ALHOSN’s commitment to generating greater awareness on the importance of Arabic heritage and language.
The event was attended by female students from ALHOSN University and Al Manhal International School, with Dr. Mohammed Saeed Hasab Al Nabi, Supervisor of the Reading Club, in attendance. Mandi warmly welcomed club members and commended them for their support of Arabic calligraphy. He spoke of his achievements and fascination with calligraphy, which he said began as a childhood hobby and evolved into a 30-year profession. The celebrated calligrapher noted that his craft requires a combination of passion, patience and constancy.
“We would like to express our sincerest gratitude to Mandi for hosting the meeting of our club. His excellence in his chosen art form is truly remarkable and has helped create a deep appreciation for calligraphy and the Arabic language. I would like to extend the appreciation of our University Chancellor and CEO, Dr. Abdul-Rahim Sabouni, who counts the promotion of the Arabic language among our institution’s major contributions to society,” said Dr. Al Nabi.
Mandi was trained by several celebrated artists such as the Egyptian calligrapher Said Ibrahim. He also received a calligrapher certificate in the Thuluth and Naskh (Al Hulya Al Sharifa) scripts which he earned through the help of his teacher Sheikh Hasan Jalabi in Istanbul.
The Emirati calligrapher’s creations can be found on currencies of the UAE and the Kingdom of Bahrain and the passports of the UAE, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, and Oman. He is also the calligraphy designer of the Islamic Forum in Penzberg, Germany and the 99 names and attributes of Allah written on the Qibla wall of the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi.
The ALHOSN Reading Club ended the meeting with the presentation of a token of appreciation to Mandi in honor of his outstanding efforts to promote and practice Arabic calligraphy and to wish him more success and excellence.