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Dubai becomes first city in world to get its own Microsoft Font


Dubai on 1 may 2017 became the first city in the world to get its own Microsoft Font.

The Dubai Font was launched by Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai's Crown Prince and Chairman of the Executive Council.

The Executive Council of Dubai also enabled individuals to download the font from the website: www.dubaifont.com and integrate it into the system for free.
About Dubai Font
• Dubai Font is the first typeface developed by Microsoft for Dubai.
• The font is available in three styles as 'Dubai', 'Dubai Medium' and 'Dubai Light' and can be in Italics, Underlined and Bold.
• The font is now available to more than 100 million users of Microsoft Office 365 around the world.
• Dubai Font is designed for more than 180 countries and 23 languages integrating Arabic and Latin typefaces and will expand over the next phase to include more languages.
• It is aimed at reflecting the city's symbols of tolerance, happiness and respect, enabling people to express, communicate and connect.
• It’s also available as a free download in Open Type and Webfont formats for both Windows and Mac OS platforms.

Background
Dubai's Crown Prince Sheikh Hamdan in January 2016 directed the General Secretariat of the Executive Council of Dubai to work on the design of a package of electronic fonts bearing the name of Dubai to include a distinctive font for the Emirate in both Arabic and English.

Following this, Nadine Chahine, Type Director and Legibility Expert at Monotype UK, led the design team of six who worked on developing the font.

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