Dubai Exhibition Showcases Moroccan Calligraphy Master Belaid Hamidis Students

Rabat – Running until June 20, the fourth edition of Gallery Arabesque’s “Ayaat” calligraphy exhibition is showing in Central Park Towers, Dubai.The event is a celebration of calligraphy, which is regarded as one of the fundamental elements of Islamic art. Hosted by Central Park Towers, the exhibit showcases 85 artworks from 48 international calligraphers. A selection of original masterpieces in Arabic calligraphy by 12 of the world’s renowned masters will also be featured, alongside juried artworks from 36 rising calligraphers and students, comprising 12 nationalities, spanning the Far East to the West, and selected from over a hundred submissions. The artists featured include international students who have worked alongside Jakarta-based Moroccan calligraphy master Belaid Hamidi. Hamidi scripted the text of eight holy books of the Qur’an and is the first Moroccan calligrapher to script Al-Hilya Al-Sharifa in the Maghribi-Andalusian style since 1996. More than 20 of these works are in art museums and private collections in different countries.Recipient of the King Mohammed VI Award for Moroccan Calligraphy in 2010, and the honor award from the Research Center for Islamic History, Art and Culture in Istanbul 2014, Belaid Hamidi has is a well-respected teacher of his craft.Hamidi’s students in the art show come from diverse backgrounds, including  Indonesian (15), Thai (2), Singaporean (1) and Chinese (1).Read Also: Moroccan Government Establishes a New National Art PrizeOther participants in the exhibition include eight students from the Institute of Indo-Islamic Art & Culture in Bangalore – India as well as the UAE, KSA, Iran, Syria, Jordan, India and Pakistan.Among the many visitors admiring the work in the exhibit is the Indonesian Consul-General, Ridwan Hassan, due to the rise of Indonesian calligraphers worldwide steadily gaining prominence in the art world. read more

Australia files WTO complaint against Canada over wine sales rules

TORONTO — Australia has filed a complaint about Canada’s rules around wine sales with the World Trade Organization.The complaint filed Friday argues that Canada’s distribution, licensing and sales measures discriminate against imported wine.It targets product mark-ups, market access and listing policies used in British Columbia, Ontario, Quebec and Nova Scotia.‘Canada has just detonated a bomb’: Trade relations with U.S. plummet after WTO complaintCanadians want to be freed from provincial alcohol monopolies: pollThe complaint acts as a request for a consultation between the two countries in an effort to avoid litigation.If the matter is not resolved in 60 days, a panel can be brought in to adjudicate the case.The complaint comes two years after Australia pressed Canada to lower trade barriers on the wine industry like it had done for the European Union. read more