Team shortlist30 Apr 2017 AT 05:16 PM

Dubai is now the first city in the world to have its own font

It was launched this morning and is now available in over 180 countries
Team shortlist30 Apr 2017 AT 05:16 PM
UAE, Dubai News, Sheikh Hamdan
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UAE, Dubai News, Sheikh Hamdan
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Dubai has just gone one step further to solidify its unique identity. His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, has just revealed the nation’s very own font fittingly called Dubai Font.

Created in collaboration with Microsoft, the font is available in 23 languages and has two typefaces: Latin and Arabic.

This is the first time that a Microsoft font has ever been made for a city. It will be available in more than 180 countries and comes in three styles: 'Dubai', 'Dubai Medium' and 'Dubai Light'.

Sheikh Hamdan expressed his excitement about thefont during its launch ceremony earlier today (April 30).

“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.

“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. Therefore, we urge all government entities to use the Dubai Font in their official correspondence, which is considered as a positive shift that will boost the emirate’s competitiveness in smart technology.

“This should be a commitment from the Dubai Government to guarantee the dissemination and success of this initiative on a local and global level.”

Shortly after its inauguration Sheikh Hamdan shared a teaser video of the font that he personally oversaw with his 2.5million Twitter followers.

He also shared a series of tweets, saying: “#DubaiFont is a unique project that reflects heritage & culture of UAE and reaches out to the whole world #ExpressYou”.

He also tweeted: “#DubaiFont contributes to creating an attractive business environment that will boost emirate's economy #ExpressYou”. 

Speaking on the font, that can now be accessed by over 100 million Office 365 users around the word, Secretary General of Executive Council of Dubai His Excellency Abdullah Al Shaibani said that it's a true reflection of the city.

"It is a way to help people from different cultures and nationalities to express themselves, which reflects the values of happiness, respect and tolerance that Dubai hold,” he said.  

The font is available here for all Microsoft 365 users.