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Dubai becomes first city to get its own font

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Dubai is the first city to have its own Microsoft font. Called simply Dubai Font, the new Arabic and Latin type styles are now freely available for the whole world to use.

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With its simple, San Serif Latin typeface, and a modern, stripped-down Arabic script, the font can be used for 23 different languages.

The font is available for all of the 100 million users of Microsoft’s Office 365 software, and downloaded in multiple formats on DubaiFont.com.

The Dubai Executive Council, chaired by Shaikh Hamdan Bin Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, has instructed all the emirate’s government bodies to use the font.

“The launch of the Dubai Font to the world is a very important step for us as part of our continuous efforts to be ranked first in the digital world,” said Shaikh Hamdan.

“We are confident that this new font and its unique specifications will prove popular among other fonts used online and in smart technologies across the world,” said Shaikh Hamdan.

“I have personally overseen all the stages of the development of this font, from the first design sketches to the execution phase.”

The font is the product of a 18-month process by six-member team from Monotype, a U.S.-based firm that has designed custom typefaces for British Airways, Vogue magazine, and Sony, among others.


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