Handwriting Experts Exhibit Restored Arab-Islamic Manuscripts

Shoppers at Wafi are enjoying a taste of Islamic culture with an exhibition displaying the renovation process of precious pieces of handwritten Arabic art.

Online PR News – 25-August-2010 – – Shoppers at Wafi are enjoying a taste of Islamic culture with an exhibition displaying the renovation process of precious pieces of handwritten Arabic art.

Organised by Juma Al Majid Center for Culture and Heritage, Arab-Islamic Manuscript from Restoration to Binding, runs daily in Wafi mall’s main atrium until Sunday August 29, 2010.

The display features the highly skilled art of restoring important heritage documents and explains elements that threaten these valuable manuscripts, such as insects, funghi, discolouration and harsh weather.

Real manuscripts show the various stages of treatment and offer examples of the raw materials used for restoration, such as individual fibres of natural paper, which can last for centuries, even in damaging weather conditions.

Visitors to the exhibit can examine authentic replicas of some of the most famous historical Arabic manuscripts, such as The Book of Forty and The Book of Benefits. The exhibition also includes models of distinctive binding covers that help experts define the era and regions the manuscripts belong to, such as Ottoman, Mamluk or Persia.

Juma Al Majid, chairman of the centre, explains more about the centres activities: “We are the only non-commercial cultural establishment in the Arab world to restore and bind more than 2,000 books a month. It’s important for society and visitors to Dubai to learn more about these manuscripts, which mean so much in terms of Arab culture and history.

“The centre also restores books and manuscripts and produces microfilms in order to help researchers and students from all over the world. This helps thousands of researchers, writers and students obtain a wealth of vital information that connects us to our past,” he says.

Aser al Baseer, Wafi’s communications manager, says: “Wafi prides itself on its Arab themes and we embrace opportunities to connect to arts, culture and heritage. This exhibition gives real examples of ancient art pieces and has proven hugely popular with both our Arab regulars and tourists. I would highly recommend anyone who has not seen the exhibition to come along and enjoy a real piece of Arabic culture.”

With over 350 stores Wafi is the 2008 winner of Best Shopping Mall, Best Restaurant, Best New Hotel, Best Spa and Best Independent Boutique and boasts one of Dubai’s largest souks, world-class shopping and fine dining in the heart of Dubai.


For more information, please contact Ian Hainey at Custard Communications on behalf of WAFI on +971 50 466 1368 or ian@welikecustard.com

Notes to the Editor:
Wafi is owned and operated by MKM LLC and is a unique destination in the heart of Dubai offering an exceptional collection of art, food, fashion, entertainment and lifestyle choices.

ART: Wafi is renowned for the beauty of its architecture, stained glass windows, hand carved statues. The authentic Khan Murjan, an Arabic souk providing a haven for artists and craftsmen. Regular art exhibitions are held for public appreciation.

FASHION: Wafi offers a unique retail experience with over 350 stores offering some of the world's most original, revered and influential fashion brands, many of which are exclusive to Wafi.

FOOD: Wafi offers a distinctive collection of dining opportunities, with over 20 restaurants and cafes.

LIFESTYLE: From Cleopatra's Spa to Pharaohs leisure club, with the highest indoor climbing wall in the UAE and the new Medi Spa, Wafi offers a complete lifestyle experience, complemented by the prestigious five star hotel - Raffles Dubai.

ENTERTAINMENT: Wafi is designed to entertain, from the Encounter Zone with its virtual rides and games, to a variety of late night venues and live musical performances.