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Impressions of Dubai

Betty and Maren in DubaiI recently took a field trip to Dubai because my buddy Beth Carey in NYC is an amazing Information Architect who was hired on contract to help build the website for one of the largest development companies in Dubai…and she was kind enough to invite me to come hang out with her over Christmas.

I was only there for a few days but came away with the distinct impression that Dubai is the equivalent of Miami Beach, just with a few more Abayas. The SUVs, American fast food joints and rampant malls didn’t really give me the sense that I was on the other side of the planet.

It wasn’t until Betty and I jumped into the car and drove to neighboring emirate Sharjah that we experienced a more authentic sense of Mid-Eastern culture. What impressed me the most was the incredible calligraphy heritage that was documented in their Islamic Art museum.

Modern Islamic calligraphyIslamic calligraphy is one of the most revered art forms in Islamic culture because it was the primary means to preserve the Qur’an. What I found fascinating is that there is a vibrant movement of modern interpretation of calligraphic styles which involve mixed-media and a growing number of female artists.

I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to have a local professionally trained graphic artist write my name in calligraphy based on the phonetic pronunciation:

"maren" calligraphy

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