This post samples Islamic calligraphy works of various artists. Most of the works in Islamic calligraphy is centered around on Quranic verses and other Islamic terms. The art of Islamic calligraphy is practiced in almost all parts of the world where you can find Muslims, which is almost all countries of the world. You are bound to find some artist (freelance as well as professional) who practice this art. With the advancement of digital technologies, many have brought that art to the digital world as well.
Below you can find original Islamic calligraphy works as well as pictures of other hand drawn works. For most pictures, the transliteration of the words is included below the picture as a caption.
Janadriyah Festival is an annual festival held on the outskirts of Saudi-Arabia’s capital city of Riyadh in the town of Janadriyah. The festival showcases the culture of Saudi-Arabia since it was founded in the early 20th century by its founder Kind Abdul-Aziz Al-Saud.
The following pictures depict the various facets of the Saudi culture.
These tools represent the Saudi farmer .
The following jars and pots were used to store clean water for drinking and cooking.
The following pictures shows the many postage stamps that the Saudis have had in circulation for the past century.
An old Quran from the year 1051 A.H. that corresponds approximately to the early 1630 AD.
Another old Quran that was printed around 1780 AD.
The following picture shows the weaponry that the early Saudis carried and used during the early to mid twentieth century.
More weaponry samples.
This picture shows the weaponry as well as the tea and coffee pots that are traditional in the Saudi culture.
Islamic calligraphy with the name “Muhammad” carved in stone. The name symbolizes Prophet Muhammad.
Traditional Saudi Tea pot with small serving cups.
The picture below shows the traditional tea pot in red (on the left) and a traditional coffee pot in gold / silver color on the right. The small cups are usually used to serve Arabic coffee.
The following shows the various currency denominations that Saudis have had in circulation for the past century.
More Saudi currency below.
Below are the traditional pots that were used for eating and drinking.
More food utensils used in the early to mid twentieth century. These designs are still prevalent today and have come to represent the Saudi culture.
In the festival ground of Janadriyah, structures are built to mimic the forts, houses and other buildings of the early Saudi era and culture. The following is a replica of the actual fort that the founder of Saudi-Arabia conquered before he founded Saudi-Arabia.
The black tent below symbolizes the traditional dwelling places that Saudis used when they lived in the deserts of Arabia throughout the Arabian peninsula.
Below, visitors to the Janadriyah festival take a break to offer the evening Muslim prayers.
Visitors are shopping for various Saudi cultural artifacts. In the background, the traditional Saudi pots are visible.
Below is another picture of the fort during the early days of founding of Saudi-Arabia.
The pictures below show the early and present days of the Saudia Airlines and the planes it used to have in service. The first plane was a DC-3.
The founder of Saudi-Arabia, King Abdul Aziz takes the first plane ride on Saudia’s first airplane.
Women visitors in the foreground can be seen in their traditional Abaya dresses shopping for various cultural artifacts.
A mill used in the earlier days operated by a camel.
The exhibits below showcase the city of Jazan, which is located near the south west border of Saudi-Arabia bordering Yemen and the Red Sea.
A cultural folk dance from the area of Jazan in the south west of Saudi-Arabia.
Artifacts from a traditional Saudi sitting for guests. The round mat is used to serve food. People would normally sit around a large plate and share the food that is served on that large plate.
The following show the coins that were used during the early years of Saudi-Arabia. These coins were continuing from the Ottoman period.
Dubai is one of the emirates of the UAE and is most visited place in the worlds. The interesting thing about Dubai is that even though it is an Arab Muslim city, the city reflects little of the traditional Arabic culture. Due to the vast majority of expats in the city (more than 85%), the city is a mix of many cultures. In fact, it has taken on a culture of its own.
Here are some of the things that you can do and watch in Dubai. Take a look to get a sense of the culture of the city.
Burj Al-Arab Hotel
This is one of the most expensive hotels of the world where a one night stay can cost you more than four thousand dollars.
Music Fountain at Burj Al-Khalifa
This fountain operates on the rhythm of music and is very popular among visitors. It is located in front of the Burj Al-Khalifa, the tallest tower in the world.
With tall buildings touching the sky throughout the city, you can spend the day and night simply enjoying the skyline of the city. Here are some of those pictures.
Dubai Skyline at Night
Burj Al-Khalifa is the tallest tower in the world. These pictures will give you a good idea of the enormous structure.
One of the very common road trips through the Arabian deserts is one that takes you from Riyadh, Saudi-Arabia to Abu-Dhabi and Dubai in the UAE. The road trip through Kharj, Saudi-Arabia is an old road that takes through the sand deserts of Saudi-Arabia to the border of the UAE. The following pictures shows some of what you may see on that trip.
Leaving Kharj takes you through these deserts.
The desert is different from the typical sand dunes that one would expect. This is rock and sand and the landscape is mostly flat.
This road from Riyadh through the town of Kharj is the old road but shorter in distance by about 100 kilometers.
Approaching the town of Batha at the border between Saudi-Arabia and the UAE.
The following picture is the ‘border area’ between Saudi-Arabia and the UAE.
As soon as you cross into UAE, you will be required to buy car insurance from this plaza.
You can browse some of the styles of dishdashas and thobes from the Arabic countries below.
Different Dishdasha Styles
A short sleeved thobe and dishdasha that you can wear at home and outside. The embroidery around the neck area gives it an appealing look and makes it a nice style to wear. You can find others in similar styles.
This dishdasha is similar to the one above with a different flair and style.
Another one similar to the above dishdasha. However, such elaborate styles are not worn publicly in certain Middle Eastern countries such as Saudi-Arabia. They prefer more of a plain look thobes and dishdashas.
This disdasha has a unique style in that it doesn’t have the embroidery like the above diishdashas but make it a nice style.
Here is a Scene from a beach in Morocco. As Morocco lies on the eastern shores of the Atlantic ocean, it has lots of beaches and is a major tourism spot. Here one can see the old boats used by Moroccan fisherman. The beach life of Morocco is thus a major part of the Moroccan culture.
Biryani rice is one of the most popular dishes from India and Pakistan. Although this dish is popular all over Pakistan, it’s mostly popular in Norther India. The recipe also varies based on the region. This dish basically involves mixing rice with spicy curry like paste. Some make it richer by mixing nuts, boiled eggs, raisins, and more.
Badshahi mosque built in Lahore, Pakistan was the largest mosque built during the Mughal Empire in the 17th century. It was built during Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb’s time. This mosque remained the largest mosque in the world until the expansion of the Prophet’s mosque three centuries later.
Dates are one of the primary staple foods of many Middle Eastern countries. Each household almost always carries dates and they are almost always served to the guests of the house along with Arabic coffee. Countries such as Saudi-Arabia, Kuwait, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, and other Arabian Gulf countries are heavy consumers of dates. Dates are grown extensively n Saudi-Arabia in the areas of Qassim and Madinah.
Saudi Dates Season
In Saudi-Arabia, the date season starts in July when the dates ripen on the trees. It’s normal to see markets get flooded with all types of dates. Merchants from all small towns where dates are grown flock to the main cities to sell their crops. The below pictures provide a sense of the date season in Saudi-Arabia.