Dr. Abdul Rahman Al-Sudais issued an order directing the development of a study for the construction of an academy for Arabic calligraphy, an institute for the training of calligraphers for the covering of the Kaaba, and an exhibition of Arabic calligraphy.
Al-Sudais’ directive came during the honoring of the calligrapher of the covering of Kaaba, Mukhtar bin Alem Shaqdar, after he was granted Saudi citizenship (according to the website of the Presidency of the Two Holy Mosques).
He explained that the General Presidency’s interest in Arabic calligraphy originates from the importance of the language’s plastic aesthetics, which distinguishes it from other languages.
He added that it is incumbent upon us to develop skills in the field in a scientific manner that enables talents to be invested and harnessed in the service of the Two Holy Mosques.
He mentioned the importance of exhibitions dedicated to Arabic calligraphy in terms of reviewing manuscripts that showcase the beauties of Arabic calligraphy in all of its forms.