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Type design in UAE


29 Letters
[Pascal Naji Zoghbi]

Madrid (and before that, Lebanon)-based Arabic type designer who runs the Arab type news and blog site called Arabic Typography. KHTT link. An ex-student of the KABK in 2006, he currently is a part time instructor of design and typography at Notre Dame University, Louaize, Lebanon, as well as a part time instructor of typography at the American University of Beirut (AUB), both since 2007. His Arabic type foundry is called 29letters.

At ATypI 2008 in St. Petersburg, he ran a workshop on the Arabic Kufi script. Speaker at ATypI 2010 in Dublin on the topic of political resistance and expression through graffiti in Lebanon and Palestine. His contributions to type design:

  • Massira. He has embarked on a project with Martin Majoor to design some Arabic fonts that fit Majoor's designs. He writes: Massira is my graduation typeface at Type&Media postgraduate course at The Royal Academy of Arts [KABK] in The Hague. Huda AbiFares contacted me while I was finalizing Massira and presented the opportunity to collaborate with the Dutch type designer Martin Majoor to design an Arabic typeface, which is part of the Typographic Matchmaking 01 project organized by Khatt Foundation. At first I was a bit worried due to the fact that it would be my first professional type design work and that the due date was too close. However, after taking a closer look at Martins type FFSeria and analyzing its characteristics, I noticed that the treatment of the stroke and the structure of the letters shared similarities with Massira. In both fonts the use of sharp broken curves and crispy feel is present. Consequently, I grew confident in project and decided to use Massira as a starting point for the new Arabic companion of FFSeria. Echo, which is Sada in Arabic, is the repetition of a sound caused by the reflection of sound waves from a surface. Accordingly, Sada is the echo of FFSeria. The modifications on Massira consisted of making Sada perform like FFSeria. It had to have the same point size, line space, color, contrast and feel as FFSeria. Concerning the details of Sada and the inclined angle of the vertical strokes, it was derived from the FFSeria Italic. So Sada has the same feel as the Roman but is inspired from the Italic. More on the Sada project. In 2009, Sada was renamed FF Seria and published by FontFont.
  • Another project of Zoghbi involves a type family being developed for newspaper headlines.
  • In 2007, he created a 3-style Phoenician type family called Fniqiya.
  • Alef Pixel Caps Type for Alef Magazine (2008). Done with Huda AbiFares. This is a Latin ornamental type family.
  • Al Rouiya Arabic Type for the Al Rouiah Newspaper in Kuwait, 2008.
  • Bukra display type for Ibn Battuta Mall in Dubai, 2008. This Futura-like typeface saw a variable part added in 2020. Adrien Midzic and Swiss Typefaces aided with the Latin.
  • A corporate font under the heading, Arabic for Univers (2008). Zoghbi: An Arabic corporate typeface for a global shipping and transport company. The Arabic is intended to work with the Latin type Univers. Unfortunately, I can't mention the name of the company nor the design firm I did this Arabic type work for. I was the Arabic type consultant/specialist and associate type designer alongside Leah Hoffmitz. The font will used in all Arabic publications, ads and packaging for the company.
  • Baseet (2009) is a hybrid Neo-Naskh / Modern Kufi geometric typeface. It is a mixture of straight vertical, horizontal and diagonal pen stokes incorporated in-between curved corners and edges. In 2020, Pascal Zoghbi (29LT) and Ben Wittner released the monospaced Arabic / Latin typefaces 29 LT Baseet Variable and 28 LT Zawi Variable.
  • At FontStruct, he made Arapix (2009).
  • UAE Embassy Corporate Type (2010). This is a commissioned Latin typeface based on the same concept as of an Arabic font. Each of the 26 Latin letters has Caps, Initial, Medial and Final shape enabling the letters to connect as in the Arabic script. The drawing of the letters was all done using the Arabic calligraphic bamboo stick and based on the Naskh Calligraphic Style. Opentype help from Erik van Blokland.
  • The Mathaf Corporate Arabic-Latin Font (2011). Mathaf Arab Museum of Modern Art opened its doors to contemporary Arab art lovers in December 2010 in Doha, Qatar.
  • Nada Debs (2010): a contemporary geometric Kufi type commissionewd by Nada Debs.
  • For Ascender, he did Droid Arabic Naskh (see OFL), Droid Persian Naskh, and Droid Arabic Kufi (2010, OFL).
  • 29LT Azer, done with Ian Party and Wael Morcos: Azer in Arabic means friendly, ready to assist and lend a hand. This multilingual typeface combines simple lines with careful detailing to create a serious but approachable look. The Arabic is a Naskh / Kufi hybrid and retains a balance between calligraphic angular cuts and unadorned construction. The Latin is a humanist sans-serif with crisp cuts based on the broad nip pen calligraphic structure and contemporary outlines. The fonts include Arabic, Farsi, Urdu and Latin variants. Azer won an award at TDC 2014.
  • Pascal Zoghbi revived the 1950s font system by Nasri Khattar called Unified Arabic as UA Neo B and UA Neo B.
  • LT Makina. An old typewriter font.
  • LT Kaff.
  • LT Zarid (+Sans, +Stencil, +Slab, +Serif). Pascal Zoghbi designed all Arabic components. 29LT Zarid Display won an award at 23TDC in 2020. The whole family has variable styles since 2020. Jan Fromm designed the Latin for Slab, Sans and Stencil. Regarding the Latin parts: Zarid Serif Display and Text Upright were designed by Ramiro Espinoza; Serif Upright was designed by Ramiro Espinoza and Khajag Apelian; Serif Slanted and Text Slanted were designed by Jan Fromm. The Cyrillic and Greek extensions were designed by Krista Radoeva and released in July 2020. Finally, 20 LT Zarid Sans features a variable style with a single (weight) axis.
  • LT Zeyn. A great high-contrast fashion mag style typeface.
  • Other custom types include Expo 2020 Dubai, Swatch, Noor, MIA, Noto Naskh, Shawati, Hamsa, Fdx, Emirates Headlines, AlWatan Headlines.
Speaker at ATypI 2011 in Reykjavik. Speaker at ATypI 2013 in Amsterdam. Klingspor link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Ahmed Edrees

Dubai, UAE-based designer of the pixelish Arabic typeface Wala Tansu (2013). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Ahmed Geaissa

In 2017, Zoghbi's students at The American University of Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates, Ahmed Geaissa (Sharjah), Sally Mallat (Dubai), Dina Al Khatib (Dubai), Falwah Alhouti (Sharjah), Layal Algain (Sharjah), and Shahdan Barakat (Sharjah) co-designed the geometric Arabic typeface 29LT Azal which is inspired by the old Eastern Kufic manuscripts. Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Ahmed Tellawi

Designer in Abu Dhabi. Creator of the thin stencil typeface Teto (2011) and the thin geometric family Arwena (2011). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Ajsa Zdrav

Dubai-based designer of the political protest font family Gaza (2015), with typefaces Gaza48, Gaza67 and Gaza14 representing the size of Palestine as it evolved from 1948 and 1967 to 2014. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Akhil Sutar

Graphic designer in Dubai. He had a go at the geometric counterless fad in 2010. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Alexander Thomas

Dubai, UAE-based designer of the Indic simulation font Delhi (2018). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Alfredo Marco Pradil
[Hanken Studio]

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Alfredo Marco Pradil
[JAM Type Design (or: JAM Design Studio)]

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Ameer Ghanem

Known as Ameer Ghanem and Ameer Magdy. Dubai, UAE-based designer of the modular typeface Burger & Brains (2017). Behance link. Creative Market link. Tumblr link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Amna Altunaji

Sharjah, UAE-based designer of a circle-based Latin display typeface in 2015. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Andrew Paglinawan

Andrew Paglinawan (Dubai, UAE) is a self-employed graphic designer, working in the fields of logo design, print design, web design and branding with the majority of his time spent designing and implementing marketing promotions for small businesses such as logos, brochures, letterhead, business cards, and posters. Creator of these typefaces:

  • The free neutral geometric sans family Quicksand (2009---see also the Google Font Directory).
  • Pagli Roman (2008). A fantastic display type that crosses Bodoni and Pistilli Roman.
  • In 2011, he published the free sans family Chiq, which was inspired by Optima.
  • In 2013, Bright Grotesk was first shown. In 2014, Bright Grotesk was published as a commercial font.
  • The free font Manila Sans (2010). See also Manila Sans Bold (2010).

Dafont link. Klingspor link. Fontspace link. Font Squirrel link. Kernest link. Behance link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Ayesha AlSharid

During her studies in Dubai, Ayesha AlSharid designed the shar-edged Arabic typeface Bakkah (2018). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Celine Salameh

Dubai (and before that, Beirut Lebanon)-based designer of Celina (2015), a charming typeface with a hint of art nouveau warmth. In 2015, she created the Arabic kufi-style typeface Kanater. Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Dana Alhasan

During her graphic design studies in Dubai, UAE, Dana Alhasan created the steampunk-inspired Latin / Arabic typeface Tick Tock (2014). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Daniel Alshriky

Dubai-based designer of a logotype caps typeface for Daniel Bio Studio (2013). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Daniel Alshriky

Dubai-based designer of the crystallized typeface Low Poly (2015). [Google] [More]  ⦿

DCD (or: Dubai Civil Defence)

Medium-sized truetype font archive run by the Government of Dubai. It has Thai fonts by Unity Progress, Farsi fonts, fonts for Arabic, many Microsoft fonts, and a basic starter set of Monotype fonts. [Google] [More]  ⦿


Graphic designer in Dubai whose curly typeface D Vintage (2012) covers both Latin and Arabic. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Diab Jaser
[Tanween Type Foundry]

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Dina Al Khatib

In 2017, Zoghbi's students at The American University of Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates, Ahmed Geaissa (Sharjah), Sally Mallat (Dubai), Dina Al Khatib (Dubai), Falwah Alhouti (Sharjah), Layal Algain (Sharjah), and Shahdan Barakat (Sharjah) co-designed the geometric Arabic typeface 29LT Azal which is inspired by the old Eastern Kufic manuscripts. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Edgar Jeronimo Navarrete Ureña

Originally from Mexico City (b. 1983), Edgar seems to be based in Dubai now. He designed the futuristic typeface Neutronium (2009). He created the experimental typefaces Kooler o Normal (2009), Naujoks Love (2009) and Edgarpiramide (2009) and the comic book typeface Jeronimo Cartoon (2009). Abstractfonts link. Additional link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Elie Abou Jamra

Born in Dubai, Elie has worked and studied in UAE, Lebanon and Germany. He holds a BFA in Graphic Design from the American University of Beirut. He has also done his summer internship at Linotype, where he worked under Nadine Chahine, an award-winning Lebanese type designer. He is located in Beirut, Lebanon.

Creator of an Arabic graduation typeface influenced by the destruction of Beirut.

For Polypod, he created an Arabic typeface to match the Latin version for Solidere (a Lebanese company involved in the reconstruction of Beirut's Central District). The Latin version is based on Slab Unit designed earlier by Bill Hill Design.

Kashida Design link. Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Eman Mohammed

Ajman, UAE-based designer of a counterless Latin typeface in 2017. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Emech Zeinali

Dubai-based creator of the octagonal paper fold typeface Yumm Sans (2011) and Idunno (2013, a hand-printed typeface). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Emrah Yildirim

Art director in Dubai and/or Istabul, who created the pixel typeface Borderless in 2016. In 2018, Halilcan Cayan and Emrah Yildirim designed the roman caps / romain du roi style typeface Murmillo. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Falwah Alhouti

In 2017, Zoghbi's students at The American University of Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates, Ahmed Geaissa (Sharjah), Sally Mallat (Dubai), Dina Al Khatib (Dubai), Falwah Alhouti (Sharjah), Layal Algain (Sharjah), and Shahdan Barakat (Sharjah) co-designed the geometric Arabic typeface 29LT Azal which is inspired by the old Eastern Kufic manuscripts. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Farah M

United Arab Emirates-based designer of the deciorative Latin typeface Chinese Lantern (2019). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Fatima Abdulrahman

Abu Dhabi, UAE-based designer of the Arabic typeface Hibr (2014). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Fatima Kodssi

Dubai-based designer of the Arabic / Latin decorative typeface Romathen (2016). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Fatma Askari

Dubai-based designer (b. 1992) of Tire Typeface (2015) for Latin and Arabic. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Ghaya Bin Mesmar

Dubai-based graphic designer. At Type Cooper 2021, he developed the multiline display typeface Strings. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Gizem Serifglu

Turkish graphic designer in Dubai. She created the hand-drawn typeface Gizem's Sketch in 2013 using iFontmaker.

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Goffredo Puccetti

Goffredo Puccetti (Goffredo Associates) started out in France but is now located in Abu Dhabi, UAE. At Type@Paris in 2015, he designed the lapidary humanist typeface Saadiyat. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Graeme Stephenson

A graphic designer in Dubai, who created the fun display family Elementary (2010). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Hadeel Alkhamis

Dubai, UAE-based designer of the kufi Arabic typeface Ghada (2016). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Hajra Tariq

Dubai-based designer of Box Trap (2019: a free squarish typeface), Flava Music (2019: a blackletter black metal font), and Miraal (2019: a free children's scrawl font). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Hamdah Khalfan Musabbah Rashed Alsuwaidi

Designer in the United Arab Emirates who made a great typographic illustration simply called Vector (2017). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Hani Hasan

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[Hani Hasan]

UAE-based designer of Kalligraaf Arabic (2019) and Graphology Arabic (2019). [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Hanken Studio
[Alfredo Marco Pradil]

Graduate of the College of Architecture and Fine Arts, Batangas State University, The Philippines, who has been working as a graphic designer since 2005. He is currently located in Dubai, UAE and is a prolific type designer. His typefaces:

  • Neue Einstellung (2021). A nine style geometric sans that exudes rigidity and mechanical precision.
  • Ouido (2021). A condensed old style serif family with twelve cuts.
  • Pianono (2021). A curly typeface named after a Filipino dessert.
  • Nuova Volte (2021). A carefully designed sans family.
  • Compound Sans (2021). In 45 styles, plus a variable font.
  • Trinkle Sans (2020).
  • HK Requisite (a 9-style low contrast sans) (2020).
  • Terminal Guise (2020). An 8-style monolinear geometric sans with open counters (except on the lower case o).
  • Luckybones (2020).
  • Action Sans (2020). A free almost monolinear sans.
  • Open Sauce Sans, Open Sauce One and Open Sauce Two (2020). He writes about these three large free sans families: Open Sauce is a font superfamily that I developed for Creative Sauce's internal type system. It is a compact typeface that is optimised for better viewing small text on screen and print. Open Sauce (Sans, One and Two) is under the SIL Open Font License and is going to be actively developed, improved and tested. One small modification is Cristiano Sobral's Criativa Sans (2020).
  • Yelena (2020). A brush script.
  • Keiner (2020). A rigid monolinear sans typeface family.
  • Cosmic Octo (2020). A blocky display/poster typeface for an experimental ice cream recipe venture.
  • Snah (2020). A playful free all caps typeface.
  • Belina Script (2020).
  • Itzkarl (2020). An all caps typeface with flared terminals.
  • Anahaw (2020). A foliate typeface modeled after palm leaves.
  • Batangas (2020). Free.
  • Lumi Sans (2019).
  • Device (2019). A sans that supports orange-dyed fascists, oil industry buffoons and climate change deniers.
  • Stenzel (2019). a stencil typeface.
  • Nourd (2019).
  • Suprapower SE (a display sans) (2019). Heavy and wide, for posters, packaging, headline and titles.
  • Sauce Grotesk (2019). Sauce Grotesk is a sans serif typeface that James Birch and Alfredo Marco Pradil developed for Creative Sauce's internal type system.
  • TEG (2019).
  • Enreal (2019).
  • Arca Sentora (2019). A geometric sans.
  • Serif 420 (2019).
  • Guise (2019). A Swiss style sans family.
  • Grantipo (2019), A sans family inspired by Cerebri Sans, Helvetica and Akzidenz Grotesk. .
  • HK Sentiments (2018). A neutral / geometric sans.
  • Natrix Sans (2018). A free grotesque family without italics.
  • Reminisce (2018). A Peignotian sans typeface family.
  • Aeon Hexa (2018). Alfredo explains that he tried to amalgamate the features of Helvetica and Cerebri Sans.
  • Acari Sans (2018). A free typeface by Alfredo Marco Pradil (Latin part) and Stefan Peev (Cyrillic portion). Based on HK Grotesk (2015).
  • HK Kontrast (2018). An angular wedge serif typeface.
  • HK Yavimayan (2018). A text typeface with flaring.
  • HK Focus (2017).
  • HK Gothic (2017). Twelve styles.
  • HK Compression (2017). A bold compressed all caps sans.
  • HK Carta (2017). A text typeface with didone elements.
  • HK Spec (2017).
  • HK Zercon (2017). A free sans.
  • HK Concentrate (2017). A sans typeface family.
  • Arlene (2017). A didone typeface family.
  • Barter Exchange (2017).
  • HK Blocker (2017), a heavy rounded sans.
  • Zwizz (2017). A Swiss typeface family.
  • Cerebri Sans (2017). Free download.
  • HK Nova (2017). A geometric sans family inspired by Century Gothic and Futura. The Medium weight is tweetware. See also HK Nova Narrow and HK Nova Rounded.
  • Illuma (2017). A free headline sans typeface.
  • Number 23 (2017). A text typeface family.
  • HK Caslon (2017).
  • Polarity (2017).
  • Placid Amor (2016). Copperplate style.
  • Ludema (2016). An informal sans typeface, made by Joao Symington..
  • Alienware (2016). A custom typeface for Dell's Alienware computers.
  • Extremis Compakt (2016). A custom typeface for Extremis.
  • Number 23 (2016). A Caslon-style text family.
  • El Enra Rounded (2016). A condensed headline sans.
  • Faldore (2015-2016). A simple sans typeface family.
  • Hans Grotesque (2016). A sans designed for long texts.
  • Decalotype (2016). A free sans typeface.
  • HK Compakt (2016). Inspired by Akzindenz Grotesk.
  • HK Serif (2016).
  • Jellee (2016). A very soft heavy rounded sans typeface. Download.
  • El Enra (2016). A free bold condensed sans.
  • Type 36 (2016). A clean geometric sans.
  • Arco Perpetuo (2016). A free subtly rounded sans family.
  • Industri (2016). A tweetware sans.
  • Okomito (2016). A sans with large open counters. Okomito Medium is free. Okomito Next was released in 2020.
  • Comprehension Semibold (2016).
  • Radnika (2016). Announced as a workhorse sans. Followed in 2017 by Neue Radnika Schriftart, or Radnika Next.
  • Hanken Sans (2016).
  • ADA Hybrid Display (2016).
  • The free geometric sans typeface Orkney (2016, with Samuel Oakes).
  • Caslon OS (2015, Open Font Library).
  • The basic sans typefaces Now (2015, Open Font Library: geometric), Now Alt (2015), Einstellung Schrift (2015, geometric sans), Neue Einstellung (2015), Elenar (2015; and the free Elenar Love), Amicale (2015), HK Explorer (2015), HK Explorer Soft (2015), HK Explorer Sharp (2015), HK Grotesk (2015: free; extended to HK Grotesk Pro in 2016, and HK Grotesk Light in 2017, HK Grotesk Wide in 2020, and Uacari Legacy by Cristobal Sobral in 2020), Industri (2015, caps only headline face), Monoist (2015, monospaced), Glacial Indifference (2015, Bauhaus-inspired), Malakas (2015), Genome (2015) and Gen Light (2014, OFL).
  • Arca Majora (2014) and Arca Majora 2 (2016). A free heavy geometric sans face.
  • SAG Block (2014).
  • Ahamono and Ahamono Monospaced (2012-2015). Originally, this was a free rounded monospace typeface with typewriter features.
  • Neue Hans (2014), Hanken Round (2014, a free rounded sans), Neutrage (2014, a neutral signage sans).
  • Hard Edge (2014). An octagonal typeface.
  • Teknik (2014). A technical sans typeface.
  • Bullet (2014).
  • The grotesk typefaces Primary Hans (2014) and Hans Kendrick (2014) and Neue Hans Kendrick (2016). Both have elements of Avenir and Futura, and are characterized by a relatively small x-height. Followed by the art deco sans-inspired Neo Hans in 2019.

OFL link. Hellofont link (for purchasing his fonts). Behance link. Facebook link. He operates as Hanken Studio. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Hasan Abu Afash
[Hiba Studio]

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Haya Alyafi

At University of Sharjah, Haya Alyafi (Sharjah, UAE) designed the multiline Latin typeface Video Tape Effect Font (2017). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Hiba Studio
[Hasan Abu Afash]

Arabic typography web site and font foundry established in 2007 by Hasan Abu Afash, an Arab designer living in Gaza/Palestine. Typefaces: HS Dream (2019), HS Gold (2018), HS Almisk, HS Almisk Serif (2018: modern kufi style), HS Aleman (2018: a kufi /naskh hybrid), HS Alnasma (2017), HS Alhoson (2017), HS Alwajd (2016), HS Almajd (2016), HS Rahaf (2015, covering Pashtu, Persian, Urdu, Kurdish Sorani, Kurdish Kirmanji, and Arabic), HS Alnada (2015, kufi), HS Headline (a fat calligraphic didone display typeface by Gunnlaugur Briem (Latin) and Hasan Abu Afash (Arabic, based on the simple lines of Naskh calligraphy), HS Ali (2015; designed using equal amounts of anger and sorrow, Hasan writes: HS Ali was designed in memoriam of my brother---Ali Abu Afash who was martyred during the last aggression on Gaza in summer 2014), HS Alhuda (2014, Kufi font), HS Almaha (2014: this font combines the features of linear Naskh and modern Kufi), HS Almidad (2014), HS Ishraq (2013), HS Alkitab (2013), HS Albadr (2013), HS Almohandis (2007-2011, Arabic display face), HS Alhandasi (2007 and 2011), Hasan AlQuds family (2004, a display typeface done with Mamoun Sakkal), Hasan Hiba, Hasan Enas (Arabic text typeface), Hasan Elham (2006, a modern Kufi art deco face), Hasan Ghada (2007-2008, based on modern Kufi calligraphy--first known in 2002 as KactTitle), Hasan Manal (2008, Kufi style), Hasan Aya (2007, Kufi style famaily based on Corel's 1992 typeface Bedrock), Kouffi Fatemic, Safwat, HS Amal. In 2008, Hasan Hiba and Hasan Noor (a classic squarish Kufi face) were upgraded to the DecoType font format for use in WinSoft Tasmeem which is now bundled with InDesign CS4---thanks to a cooperation with Mirjam Somers. Still with Somers, he upgraded the Basim Marah display typeface (2008) for Tasmeem. Basim Marah was drawn by Basim Salem Al Mahdi from Iraq and then digitized by Hasan himself. The same year, Hasan developed an OpenType project for Alinma TheSans fonts which are based on TheMix Arabic (designed by Luc(as) de Groot and Mouneer ElShaarani for Al Inma Bank, Saudi Arabia). Later he developed the OpenType features for Jumeirah Arabic which was designed by Pascal Zoghbi (29letters) and Huda AbiFares (Khatt) for Jumeirah International, UAE. He developed the OpenType layout features needed for the Arabic script system in the Seria Arabic fonts family which was designed by Pascal Zoghbi for FontShop International, as well as the Chams fonts family which was designed by Al Mohtaraf Assaudi for the redesign of the Shams Newspaper in Saudi Arabia and the Arajhi fonts for Alrajhi Bank. Since 2002 Hasan has worked and collaborated with Mamoun Sakkal in several projects, such as the Burj Dubai Shilia project, Sakkal Baseet and the Microsoft project which included the updating of the OpenType instructions for fonts such as Tahoma, Microsoft Sans Serif (1997), Arial, Times New Roman, Segoe, Courier, Time New Roman, Ms Uighur and Majalla UI. In 2009-2010, he cooperated with Parachute to make DIN Text Arabic.

Releases in 2012 include HS Future Sans (with Abdulsamie Rajab Salem), HS Amal, HS Alfaris, HS Al Basim A, and HS Almohandis.

Typefaces from 2013: HS Alwafa, HS Masrawy (a display typeface done with Abdulsamiea Rajab Salem), HS Elham (Kufi).

Behance link. MyFonts link. Klingspor link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Hrag Kazanjian

Armenian graphic design student at the College of Fine Arts and Design (CFAD) at the niversity of Sharjah (UAE) in 2016. During his studies, he created a squarish Latin typeface (2016). In 2018, he added the Armenian font Hye. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Huda Smitshuijzen AbiFarès

Huda Smitshuijzen AbiFarès, was born in Beirut in 1965. Author of Arabic Typography A Comprehensive Sourcebook (Saqi Books, London, 2001), Experimental Arabic Type (Saatchi&Saatchi, Dubai, 2002), Typographic Matchmaking (BIS Publishers, Amsterdam 2007), Arabic Type Specimen Book (2008), Typographic Matchmaking in the City (2010) and Arabic Type Design for Beginners (2013), and a number of articles on multilingual communication in the Middle East such as Arabic Type: a challenge for the 2nd millennium (1998). She holds degrees in graphic design from Yale University School of Art and Rhode Island School of Design, and specializes in bilingual typographic research and design. She has worked as a designer for a number of years, in the USA, Amsterdam, France and Beirut. She has taught typography and graphic design at the American University of Beirut. She was the Chair of the Visual Communication Department for three years at the American University in Dubai and founded the Khatt Foundation, Center for Arabic Typography in Amsterdam. She curates exhibitions, organizes collaborative design research projects between Europe and the Middle East, and is editor of the Khatt Foundation online network of Arab/Middle Eastern designers (www.khtt.net). She is currently pursuing a PhD at Leiden University while working between Europe and the Middle East as a typography and design consultant on projects of cultural relevance. She has art directed and collaborated on the design of several contemporary Arabic fonts for magazines like Aleph (London) and companies in the Gulf. Typefaces include Alef Caps (2008), done with Pascal Zoghbi. KHTT link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Ioanna Zagorska

Graphic designer in Abu Dhabi who created the inline typeface Ovalisque (2013).

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JAM Type Design
[Joao Symington]

Joao Symington is a graphic designer and type designer, born in London, England, raised in Porto, Portugal, and currently residing in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. First a graphic designer, he has started to dabble in the type design field. He founded JAM Type.

In 2015, he created JT Alvito. In 2016, he created the sans typeface Andis (at JAM Design), the geometric Toma Sans family (also at JAM Design), which has a free regular weight, JT Leonor (sans family in 20 styles), and Toma Slab.

Typefaces from 2017: JT Marnie (geometric sans), Poppy JT, Mitram (sans), Toriga (a rounded sans family).

Typefaces from 2018: JT Douro Sans (an art deco sans), JT Symington (a classical serif family in which the romans and italics have radically different genes).

Typefaces from 2019: Ludema (an informal sans typeface, perhaps for children's books), Koya Sans (in the humanist tradition), JT Douro Serif.

Typefaces from 2021: Jam Grotesque (14 styles). [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

JAM Type Design (or: JAM Design Studio)
[Alfredo Marco Pradil]

Studio in Dubai, UAE. Designers of Hanken Round (2014, a free rounded sans), Arca Majora (2014, a free heavy geometric sans face), and Genome (2015), which were all due to Alfredo Marco Pradil. Creators, with Joao Symington, of JT Alvito (2015).

Typefaces from 2016: Andis (sans by Joao Symington; Andis Light is free), JT Leonor (sans, by Joao Symington).

Typefaces from 2017: Poppy JT (brush script), Toriga (a rounded sans family).

Typefaces from 2019: Ondo (a low contrast geometric sans). [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

James Mattison

British designer based in Dubai, b. 1978. Behance link. He created Schrofer (2009-2010), a lower-case only piano key stencil face, based upon an alphabet drawn by Bauhaus artist Jurriaan Schrofer, 1926-1990. Dafont link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Joao Symington
[JAM Type Design]

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Joaquin Kunkel

During his studies at New York University Abu Dhabi in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Joaquin Kunkel designed the didone text typeface Marcela (2017). [Google] [More]  ⦿

JuRaCa (or: Juraca Arts, or: Jun Ray Canonicato)

Digital illustrator in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Designer of the monolinear marker pen font family Jimmys (2020). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Khajag Apelian

Freelance graphic designer from Lebanon. Born in Sharjah, UAE, an Armenian with a Lebanese nationality. Graduate of the Type and Media program at KABK, 2009. There, he designed Arek, an Armenian typeface specifically designed to replace the typefaces currently used in school books. It is a fresh interpretation of the ancient Armenian script used in the old manuscripts. My ambitious plan for this project is to include a serif and a sans serif version, containing upright and cursive forms, with multiple weights, display versions and initials. However, currently the project includes only the serif upright, regular and black weights, in addition to the cursive and the initials. This typeface was awarded First Prize in the Granshan 2010 competition for Armenian text types. Arek was finally published by Rosetta Type Foundry in 2012.

After graduation, he started freelancing as a graphic and type designer in Amsterdam. Partner at The Place.

Other typefaces include The Chattam (2009, a Clarendon revival), Boujour (2008, an ultra fat deco face), Moudwi (2007, an experimental Arabic detached typeface inspired by the Unified typeface created by Nasri Khattar).

His typefaces: Arek, Hagatir, Boujour (2008, piano key typeface), Mulsaq (2008, Arabic), Moudwi, Nuqat (2010: a dot matrix typeface by René Knip, Khajag Apelian, Jeroen van Erp, and Reza Abedini).

Graphic Arabic (Wael Morcos and Khajag Apelian) won an award at Granshan 2017.

IBM Plex Sans Arabic (2019, by Mike Abbink, Paul van der Laan, Pieter van Rosmalen, Wael Morcos and Khajak Apelian) is a free typeface family at Google Fonts.

Typecache link. Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Khalid Jassim

Type designer from the UAE. Creator of the 3d hand-printed typeface New Way (2012), the Arabicized Wahed (2012), and the scratchy stick-based typeface Nest (2012). Klingspor link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Kitabat Arabic Calligraphy and Typography Conference

Kitabat Arabic Calligraphy and Typography Conference was the first major conference dealing solely with Arabic calligraphy and type design. Held from April 5-8, 2006, in Dubai. Speakers included Nabil Safwat (keynote speaker), Ugur Derman (Istanbul, Turkey), Mohamed Zakariya (Virginia, USA), Dr Goeffrey Roper (London, UK), Mamoun Sakkal (Seattle, USA), Johannes Bergerhausen (Germany), Adil Allawi (Diwan, UK), Kamal Mansour (Monotype, USA), Bruno Steinert (Linotype, Germany), Mounir Al-Shaarani (Cairo, Egypt), Huda Smitshuijzen AbiFares (AUD, UAE / Khatt, Holland), Nadine Chahine (Linotype, Germany), Gerard Unger (Bussum, Holland), Tajelssir Hassan (Sharjah, UAE), Reza Abedini (Teheran, Iran), Tarek Atrissi (Utrecht, Holland), Ihsan Hammouri (Jordan/USA), Obeida Sidani (Dubai, UAE), Yasmine Taan (LAU, Lebanon), Aida Sakkal (Seattle, USA), Antonia Carver (Dubai, UAE), Zeina Maasri (AUB, Lebanon), Fawzi Rahal (Dubai, UAE), Nadine Touma (Beirut, Lebanon), Leland Hill (VCU, Qatar), and Petr Van Blokland (Holland). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Kwame Bruce Busia

Graphic designer and photographer in Abu Dhabi, who designed the experimental geometric sans typeface Hikari (2019). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Lara Assouad-Khoury

Lara Assouad Khoury was born in Montreal, and graduated from the American University of Beirut with a Bachelor in Graphic Design degree (BGD) in 1998. She worked as a designer at LeoBurnett (Lebanon, 1998-2000). After one year in Cairo, she moved to Dubai (UAE) and worked as a Senior Designer for Landor Associates (2001-2005) where she was involved in the design of extensive corporate identity projects for large Middle Eastern companies and institutions, such as the visual branding for the country of Jordan. She has graduated with an MA from the Atelier National de Recherche Typographique in Nancy (France), where she studied under renowned type designers such Hans-Jürg Hunziker, André Baldinger, and others. She has researched and is in the process of developing her own extensive Arabic Naskh font. She taught graphic design and Arabic typography courses, at the American University in Dubai. She is an independent type and graphic designer since 2005. She embarked on a project in 2005 with Fred Smeijers to make an Arabic sister, Fresco Arabic, for Smeijers' Fresco family. For this, she takes inspiration from calligraphic samples of the Maghrebi script. Fresco Arabic won an award at TDC2 2008. Her geometric experimental Arabic typeface Tabati (2010) won an award at TDC2 2011. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Lara Hamoui

Abu Dhabi, UAE-based designer of the outline typeface Orifonto (2016). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Latifa S

Sharjah, UAE-based designer of the seventies-style Latin / Arabic display typeface Aisha (2015). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Layal Algain

In 2017, Zoghbi's students at The American University of Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates, Ahmed Geaissa (Sharjah), Sally Mallat (Dubai), Dina Al Khatib (Dubai), Falwah Alhouti (Sharjah), Layal Algain (Sharjah), and Shahdan Barakat (Sharjah) co-designed the geometric Arabic typeface 29LT Azal which is inspired by the old Eastern Kufic manuscripts. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Lucia Verdejo Baron

Madrid and/or Dubai-based designer of the geometric solid typeface Cloudy (2014), which was created during a workshop led by Pablo Abad. She also created the beveled 3d typeface Arch (2014). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Maher A. Housn

Graphic designer and calligrapher who lives in the United Arab Emirates. In 2008, he created an Arabic typeface for Western Union. Arabic typefaces designed by him include Ah Jad (2011), Ah Lana (2011), and Ah Abeer (2012).

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Malek Ghozlan

Dubai, UAE-based designer of some Arabic typefaces in 2015, including the didone typeface Domaine. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Mays Jalal

Harjah, UAE-based graphic design student at American University in Emirates in 2014, who created the display typeface Smoke in 2014. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Melissa Kumaresan

Motion designer in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Codesigner with Martin Vlas and Boutaib Yassine of the free all caps rounded sans typeface Pop (2016). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Mohammed Jasim Viralippurath

Dubai-based designer of the monoline Arabic typeface Awwal (2018). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Mojiz Hasan

Dubai-based designer of Impcat (sic) (2015). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Murid Rahhal

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Nadia Méndez García

Born in Mexico City and a graduate of Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana in Xochimilco, Mexican designer Nadia Méndez created Galia Roman (2007, her Masters project at Centro de Estudios Gestalt) (+Italic, +Versalitas, 2008), a winner in the Tipos Latinos 2008 competition for best text family.

Co-founding member of Círculo de Tipógrafos in Mexico. She participated in the Circulo de Tipografos project that led to the Balduina typeface in 2010, which was inspired by the book covers and typography of the wandering Dutchman Boudewijn Ietswaart.

Nadia is presently based in Dubai, UAE. Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Nadine Chahine

Nadine Chahine (b. 1978) is a Lebanese graphic designer with a special interest in Arabic type design. She started her research on Arabic typography, theory and practice, at the American University of Beirut and at The University of Reading, UK (MA in Typeface Design), where she designed Koufiya (2003). She did a Ph.D. on legibility in the Arabic script. She spoke at ATypI 2003 in Vancouver on Arabic typography. She taught Arabic typography as a visiting lecturer at the American University in Dubai and is currently working at Linotype, Germany, as the Arabic type expert.

In 2004, she started a coop project with Gerard Unger to develop Big Vesta Arabic, a companion of Unger's Big Vesta. At ATypI 2008 in St. Petersburg, she ran the Linotype type design student workshop.

She designed Frutiger Arabic with Adrian Frutiger and Palatino Arabic (2007) with Hermann Zapf, for which she won the Certificate of Excellence in Type Design from the TDC in 2008. For Palatino Sans Arabic, she won at TDC2 2011.

In 2009, she published Neue Helvetica Arabic at Linotype.

In 2011, she published Univers Next Arabic (with Adrian Frutiger, Linotype).

During a week-end of 2014, she speed-designed the Arabic typeface Hamra Str.

She is working on Zapfino Arabic.

In 2015, she finished ITC Handel Gothic Arabic, a modern monolinear Kufi design.

In 2016, with a relaese date in April 2017, Nadine Chahine and the Monotype team designed the free Latin / Arabic typeface Dubai Font for the city of Dubai.

In 2017, she published Amariya (Monotype), intended for long form, on-screen textual content. It supports the Arabic, Persian and Urdu languages, and its Latin companion is Matthew Carter's ITC Charter.

Neue Frutiger Arabic (2018) was created by Nadine Chahine and a team of designers and font engineers from the Monotype Studio, under the direction of Monotype type director Akira Kobayashi.

Avenir Arabic (2019), extending Adrian Frutiger's Avenir. Nadine Chahine and Toshi Omagari collaborated with Akira Kobayashi and Monotype Studio on Avenir Next Arabic (2021).

Designer of Kafa Black.

Bio. Interview. Behance link. Speaker at ATypI 2010 in Dublin, where her talk tackled psycholinguistics and type design. Speaker at ATypI 2011 in Reykjavik and at ATypI 2013 in Amsterdam. She gave the keynote at Typecon 2016.

Klingspor link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Nadine Chahine
[The Dubai font]

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Natasha Michael Cherriath

During her studies, Dubai-based Natasha Michael Cherriath created an experimental suitcase-inspired typeface (2015). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Nazima Ahmad

Art director and educator in Dubai. Creator of the sans typeface Carioli (2014). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Nora Salmeen

Nora Salmeen (Dubai) created Nue Futura Devanagari (2013). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Pasant Elhadary

Dubai-based designer of the decorative Latin / Arabic typeface Alphabeast (2013). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Pascal Naji Zoghbi
[29 Letters]

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Paulo Foerster

Brazilian designer and art director who is based in Dubai. Creator of Brasil 2014 (2014), the original typeface developed by Nike for the Brazilian National Football Team in 2014. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Raghad Shalabi

During her studies, Sharjah, UAE-based Raghad Shalabi designed the Latin display typeface Tulip (2017). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Ranim Al Assad

Abu Dhabi-based student-designer of the squarish textured typeface Mosaic (2017). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Rawan Razzaz

At the University of Sharjah in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, Rawan Razzaz designed the display typeface Obesity (2017). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Razan Basim

Dubai-based designer of a modular Arabic typeface (2015). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Reem Sawan

As a student in Sharjah, UAE, Reem Sawan designed the bicephalic alphabet Gothic (2018). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Rollan Rodriguez

Dubai-based illustrator. Behance link. Dingblingz (2011) are (free) dingbats developed by dogboy for robotandspark. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Sally Alzaza

Dubai and damascus-based calligrapher and graphic designer who hand-drew some promising alphabets, such as this blackletter set and this calligraphic beauty.

In 2012, she drew the Arabic display typeface Zaza. Sally is a custom-designed Latin / Arabic typeface produced by RTL Type in 2014.

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Sally Malat

In 2017, Zoghbi's students at The American University of Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates, Ahmed Geaissa (Sharjah), Sally Mallat (Dubai), Dina Al Khatib (Dubai), Falwah Alhouti (Sharjah), Layal Algain (Sharjah), and Shahdan Barakat (Sharjah) co-designed the geometric Arabic typeface 29LT Azal which is inspired by the old Eastern Kufic manuscripts. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Salma Rashwan

Abu Dhabi-based designer of a fun vintage car calligram (2018). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Samera Khaled

Abu Dhabi-based designer of a folded Latin / Arabic typeface in 2016. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Sarah Abdallah

Sharjah, UAE-based designer of a hand-drawn Latin / Arabic typeface in 2014. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Sawsan Al Qasimi

As a student in the United Arab Emirates, Sawsan Al Qasimi made a Latin / Arabic typeface, Rukn (2014), starting out from a simple circle. [Google] [More]  ⦿

[Murid Rahhal]

Murid Rahhal (aka Sfaranda) works in UAE and in Messina, Sicily. He used a grid and circles in the design of Geometry Font (2010, originally free but since 2012 commercial).

Behance link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Shahad Al Suwaidi

Dubai-based designer of the fun logotype promotional poster Feria (2014). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Shahdan Barakat

In 2017, Zoghbi's students at The American University of Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates, Ahmed Geaissa (Sharjah), Sally Mallat (Dubai), Dina Al Khatib (Dubai), Falwah Alhouti (Sharjah), Layal Algain (Sharjah), and Shahdan Barakat (Sharjah) co-designed the geometric Arabic typeface 29LT Azal which is inspired by the old Eastern Kufic manuscripts. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Shaikha Alsharif

Sharjah, UAE-based designer of a few Latin typefaces in 2016 done for various school projects. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Studio Aurora (was: Platform Design)

British designer based in Dubai and/or London, whose company is called Studio Aurora (was: Design by Platform, or: Platform Design). His typefaces:

  • In 2018: the stylish display typeface Ceylon, the ultra-condensed typeface Burokku (free trial) and Sukima Stencil.
  • In 2019: Equinox (sans and serif: a caps only fashion mag typeface), La Rosa (a fashionable mini-serifed typeface), Everglade (sans), Palm Beach (a delicate all caps sans), Ranahan (a tall all caps sans), Bliss Bucket (octagonal caps), Enzyme (a monoline sans), Quebec (a Peignotian sans).
  • In 2020: Nightfall (a fashion mag display type), Eclipse (a tall intestinal serif), Felix (a condensed display serif), Lexington (a great art deco typeface), Musque (a fashion mag serif), Leilani (a display serif), Kassan, Sunscreen (a soft serif), Adagio, Skylight, Gyoza (a fashion mag typeface), Belize, the Americana series [Wichita (a slab serif), Sedona (stencil), Dinetah, Prescott (script), Cedar Park, Laredo, and Quaker], Acapulco (a great Peignotian sans), Legion (a wedge serif), Ekland (a display sans), Aurora Grotesk, Quavo (a fat finger font), Artemis (a flared typeface), Kangri (a stylish stencil serif typeface), Oakland (a stylish all caps display typeface), Rothko (art deco inspired), Fjord Stamp (a soft bold serif), Fjord Bold, Seminyak, and the handwriting series [Jolly, Quavo, Sanshand, Kurafuto, Aurora Script].
  • In 2021: Jacuzzi Club (reverse stress), Tankobon (a flared deco typeface), Laredo Rounded (octagonal).
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Sumayia Ayoub

During her studies in Sharjah, UAE, Sumayia Ayoub designed the bare bones sans / kufi typeface Monoglyceride (2015). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Syeda Yasoob

Sharjah, United Arab Emirates-based designer of a Latin / Arabic techno typeface in 2018. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Tanween Type Foundry
[Diab Jaser]

Abu Dhabi, UAE-based type designer and programmer who teaches Arabic calligraphy in some universities such as New York University at Abu Dhabi, Khalifa University and Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi. Creator of the rounded sans wayfinding and information design typeface Diab Orient (2016). This 8-weight 24,000+-glyph 32 language-font built around Arabic was originally promised to be free.

In 2020, he published the 8-style Arabic / Latin information design typeface families Editorial Pro (which also covers Urdu and Persian) and AWS Pro.

In 2021, he released the impressive 62-style Latin / Arabic geometric sans Awesome Pro, and Modern Traditional.

He designed customized Arabic typefaces for some companies such as Qatar Charity, Zain, Coursera and the Abu Dhabi Government, [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

The Dubai font
[Nadine Chahine]

The Dubai government unveiled a new free typeface called "Dubai font" on April 30, 2017. It was developed by Microsoft for the city of Dubai with both Latin and Arabic components. The new font is available in 23 languages and was designed by Nadine Chahine (Monotype). Nadine Chahine gave a passionate and courageous speech at Typecon 2016 warning about the dangers of Donald Trump, yet sees nothing wrong about supporting a government that violates the most basic human rights. The font has received a lukewarm response from the typographic community. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Tiffany Rebello

During her studies at the American University in Dubai, Tiffany Rebello created a heavy octagonal typeface (2014). [Google] [More]  ⦿

UAE Zayed

Big Arabic font archive. It carries AF_Abha-NormalTraditional, AF_Abha-NormalTraditional, AF_Tabook-NormalTraditional, AF_Tabook-NormalTraditional, AF_Tholoth-NormalTraditional, AL-Aser-Outline, AL-Aser, AL-Battar-Outline, AL-Battar, AL-Bsher-Outline, AL-Bsher, AL-Hor-Outline, AL-Hor, AL-Hosam-Outline, AL-Hosam, AL-Hotham, AL-Manzomah, AL-Mateen-Outline, AL-Mateen, AL-Mohanad-Bold, AL-Mohanad, AL-Qairwan, AL-Sarem-Bold, AL-Sarem, AL-Sayf-Bold, AL-Sayf, Al-Hadith1, Al-Hadith2, Al-Homam, Al-Mothnna, Al-Mujahed-Al-Anbobi, Al-Mujahed-Classic, Al-Mujahed-Free-2, Al-Mujahed-Free, Al-Mujahed-Gift-5, Al-Mujahed-Untitled, Al-Samsam, Alawi-Hashim-Bafageeh.., Bader, Bassam-Ostorah, Haettenschweiler, Household, Humanist521BT-Bold, MCS-Alhada-S_U-normal., MCS-Alsalam-E_U-3d., MCS-Alsalam-E_U-normal., MCS-Alsalam-S_I-normal., MCS-Alsalam-S_U-normal., MCS-Alsalam-S_U-normal., MCS-Andalos-E_U-3D., MCS-Arafat-E_I-3d., MCS-Arafat-E_I-normal., MCS-Arafat-E_U-3d., MCS-Arafat-E_U-normal., MCS-Arafat-S_I-normal., MCS-Arafat-S_U-normal., MCS-Badr-S_U-normal., MCS-Basmalah-normal., MCS-Diwani0-S_I-normal., MCS-Diwani0-S_U-normal., MCS-Diwany1-E_I-normal., MCS-Diwany1-E_U-3D., MCS-Diwany1-E_U-normal., MCS-Diwany1-S_I-adorned., MCS-Diwany1-S_I-normal., MCS-Diwany1-S_U-adorned., MCS-Diwany1-S_U-normal., MCS-Diwany1-S_U-round., MCS-Diwany1-S_U-round., MCS-Farisy-E_I-3D., MCS-Farisy-E_I-normal., MCS-Farisy-E_U-3D., MCS-Farisy-E_U-normal., MCS-Farisy-S_I-normal., MCS-Farisy-S_U-normal., MCS-Hashimy-S_I-normal., MCS-Hashimy-S_U-normal., MCS-Hijaz-S_I-adorn., MCS-Hijaz-S_U-adorn., MCS-Hijaz-S_U-normal., MCS-Hijon-S_U-normal., MCS-Jeddah-S_U-stars., MCS-Kofi-S_U-normal., MCS-Madina-E_I-3D., MCS-Madina-E_U-3D., MCS-Madinah-E_I-normal., MCS-Madinah-E_U-normal., MCS-Madinah-S_I-normal., MCS-Madinah-S_U-normal., MCS-Makkah-E_I-3D., MCS-Makkah-E_I-normal., MCS-Makkah-E_U-3D., MCS-Makkah-E_U-normal., MCS-Makkah-S_I-normal., MCS-Makkah-S_I-slim., MCS-Makkah-S_U-normal., MCS-Makkah-S_U-slim., MCS-Mamloky-E_I-3D., MCS-Mamloky-E_I-normal., MCS-Mamloky-S_I-adorned., MCS-Mamloky-S_I-normal., MCS-Mamloky-S_U-adorned., MCS-Mamloky-S_U-normal., MCS-Mamloky-S_U-normal., MCS-Mamloky-S_U-round., MCS-Masahif-S_I-normal., MCS-Masahif-S_U-normal., MCS-Omalgora-S_U-adorned., MCS-Ophor-S_U-normal., MCS-Taybah-S_U-normal., MCS-Tholoth-S_U-normal., MCS-mamloky-E_U-normal., MCSALHADADECO, MCSALMAALIMHIGH60, MCSALSHAMAL, MCSCLOCKFAT, MCSFARISYSPINED, MCSFREEDOM, MCSFREEDOMOUTLINE, MCSHALASHADOW, MCSISLAND, MCSISLANDHIGH, MCSKhaybarSUstriped, MCSQUDSDECO, MCSQudsSUnormal, MCSREDSEASPOTED, MCSRIVER, MCSROUND, MCSSAND, MCSSANDDECO, MCSSANDHIGH, MCSTALAYASPINED, Mcs-BookTitle1, Mcs-BookTitle2, Mcs-BookTitle3, Mcs-BookTitle4, Mcs-BookTitle5, Mcs-BookTitle6, Mcs-Hadeith1, Mcs-Hadeith2, Mcs-Honor, Mcs-LetterWord1, Mcs-LetterWord2, Mcs-LetterWord3, Mcs-LetterWord4, Mcs-LetterWord5, Mcs-Quran, Mcs-School1, Mcs-School2, Mcs-SwerAl_Quran1, Mcs-SwerAl_Quran2, Mcs-SwerAl_Quran3, Mcs-SwerAl_Quran4, Mohammad-Annoktah, Othmani, Pen-Kufi-Shadow, Pen-Kufi, Quran-1, Quran-2, Zokrofi. [Google] [More]  ⦿


Sidus Micro Technology from Dubai, UAE, is involved in OpenType font development, for Arabic and other languages. Contact: Waiel H. Ali. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Wissam Shawkat

Iraqi calligrapher. Born in Iraq, Basra City 1974, started practicing calligraphy in 1984, when the primary school teacher Mr. Muhammad Ridha Suhail and his parents guided and encouraged him, and since that he became passionate to the art of Arabic calligraphy till he started his career as a professional calligrapher and graphic designer in 1990. After his graduation from the Civil Engineering Department from Basra University in 1996 he carried on self-taught by closely observing and studying the calligraphy of the masters of this art in Turkey like Sami Efindi, Mohammed Nazif, Hamid Al Amadi and Halim Efindi. A winner of many calligraphy competitions. Currently, Wissam works as a senior designer and consultant, specialized in brand identity and Arabic typography with global branding and advertising agencies in the UAE and abroad. In Dubai, his most noticeable works include a calligraphy wall at the Cultural and Scientific Association, the design of the Calligraphy at Mr. Majed Al Futtaim Mosque and the Calligraphy and design of the wall graphics at the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC). [Google] [More]  ⦿


UAE-based designer of El Font Gothic (2008). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Yousef Baker

Dubai, UAE-based designer of the triangulated typeface Abstract (2015) for Latin and Arabic. [Google] [More]  ⦿