Dubai Becomes The First City In The World To Have Its Own Font

BY Maddison Glendinning / May 1 2017 / 14:34 PM

Microsoft has created the Dubai font which reflects the city's "openness and harmony"

Dubai Becomes The First City In The World To Have Its Own Font
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Tallest building in the world? Check. 

Biggest mall in the world? Check. 

Largest indoor theme park in the world? Check.

There are many things that Dubai can lay claim to as having the best and biggest of in the world, and the Emirate has just added another feather in its cap with the unveiling of the new Dubai font, created specifically for Dubai by Microsoft. The creation of the font makes Dubai the first city in the world to have its own dedicated font. 

The font was launched yesterday by His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, who said, "The launch of the Dubai Font to the world is a very important step for us as part of our continuous efforts to be ranked first in the digital world."

The typeface, which comes in Arabic and English, is now available on Microsoft Word in over 180 countries around the world and in 23 languages. 

The Crown Prince worked on the font through all stages of its development, and Abdulla Al Shaibani, Secretary General of the Executive Council of Dubai, said the font "sets itself apart from other fonts because it was designed based on the main pillars that have turned Dubai into a remarkable symbol of success and tolerance."

Dr Nadine Chahine, who worked with the Crown Prince and a team from Monotype to create the font, explained that the inspiration behind the typeface was "the openness and harmony of the people in the UAE, the essence of Dubai and its vision to become the quintessential modern Arab city." 

If, like Team Bazaar and the rest of the city, you're keen to use the new font, the Executive Council has made it available for download here