A Kaaba door hanging from 1790 is one of the works on display at the Islam: Faith and Worship exhibition at the Emirates Palace.
A Kaaba door hanging from 1790 is one of the works on display at the Islam: Faith and Worship exhibition at the Emirates Palace.

Shows capture the spirit of Ramadan

Farjam Collection DIFC, Dubai from August 19

Dubai Community Theatre and Arts Centre Mall of the Emirates August 26 - September 25

Dubai International Art Centre Dubai August 15 - September 16

Gallery One Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi until October 10

Ramadan arrives this week, heralded by a set of exhibitions that focus attention on Islam's rich artistic heritage. On Wednesday, the Farjam Collection is exploring the linked arts of calligraphy and illumination by displaying a group of Quranic manuscripts belonging to the Iranian businessman Farhad Farjam, a man whose tastes range over the whole history of Islam, through the annals of abstract expressionism and into Warhol's Factory. One looks forward to seeing what the gallery will come up with when all the obvious families of association are exhausted and it has to start exploring the subliminal links between its proprietor's enthusiasms. For now, though, his impressive-sounding collection of manuscripts ought to make a suitably intriguing show in its own right. The earliest exhibits date from the third-century AH: loose parchments of the sacred text in oddly spacious Kufic script hail from early medieval Mesopotamia. Other treasures include a fragment from a Quran that belonged to the 15th-century scholar (and, lest we forget, grandson of Timur, alias Tamburlaine the Great) Prince Baysunqur. And there are pieces of Kaaba curtain. It ought to be very interesting.

There's more calligraphy at Dubai Community Theatre and Arts Centre. Kalimat (the name translates as "words") opens on August 26 and offers 50 traditional and contemporary takes on the art, produced by emerging artists from all over the map. The Gulf is well represented, of course, but there are also contributions from India, the US and Australia. "It's a beautiful art form," Fathima Mohiuddin, Ductac's special projects manager, explains. "We want to show how artists from different cultures have really developed on it." To judge by the previews, at least a few of those artists have developed along the same lines as Farouk Lambaz: dreamy ink washes, abstract tangles of graphemes piling into banks or dissolving into the air, the general sense of rolling fog on a sea of alphabetti spaghetti. It's lovely stuff, but it will be interesting to see if anyone goes the Nja Mahdaoui route instead. The Tunisian artist approaches Arabic calligraphy in roughly the way Wyndham Lewis did portraiture, producing texts of clanging vibrancy and martial vigour. It's a rare strain in contemporary calligraphy, most of which seems to be aiming for meditative effects, and all the more to be encouraged for that reason. If you see some, buy it at once.

If, however, these straitened times mean your budget doesn't run to it, don't despair. You may still be able to snap up something you like at the Dubai International Art Centre. The DIAC's members, both amateur and professional, have been working in the fields of calligraphy, arabesque and local landscape. The media may be mixed; the prices, we are assured, are uniformly reasonable. Finally, last month saw the opening of Adach's big Ramadan show, Islam: Faith and Worship, which is showing at Gallery One in the Emirates Palace until October 10. I previewed it in this section three weeks ago, but it remains a great show. The heart of it is a tremendous assortment of religious treasures from some of Turkey's most venerable collections, including several items that haven't been permitted to leave Turkish soil - or even the Pavilion of Sacred Objects at Istanbul's Topkapi Palace Museum - in centuries. There's also a sword thought to have been fashioned from the metal of the Prophet Mohammed's tomb; a beautifully embroidered Kaaba curtain; velvet litters for transporting gifts on camelback to Mecca, and more carpets; miniatures, engravings and tiny treasures of craftsmanship and devotion than can easily be numbered. The theme of the show is the fundamentals of Islamic belief and practice - not a bad thing to get in touch with this Ramadan.

No more lice

Defining head lice

Pediculus humanus capitis are tiny wingless insects that feed on blood from the human scalp. The adult head louse is up to 3mm long, has six legs, and is tan to greyish-white in colour. The female lives up to four weeks and, once mature, can lay up to 10 eggs per day. These tiny nits firmly attach to the base of the hair shaft, get incubated by body heat and hatch in eight days or so.

Identifying lice

Lice can be identified by itching or a tickling sensation of something moving within the hair. One can confirm that a person has lice by looking closely through the hair and scalp for nits, nymphs or lice. Head lice are most frequently located behind the ears and near the neckline.

Treating lice at home

Head lice must be treated as soon as they are spotted. Start by checking everyone in the family for them, then follow these steps. Remove and wash all clothing and bedding with hot water. Apply medicine according to the label instructions. If some live lice are still found eight to 12 hours after treatment, but are moving more slowly than before, do not re-treat. Comb dead and remaining live lice out of the hair using a fine-toothed comb.
After the initial treatment, check for, comb and remove nits and lice from hair every two to three days. Soak combs and brushes in hot water for 10 minutes.Vacuum the floor and furniture, particularly where the infested person sat or lay.

Courtesy Dr Vishal Rajmal Mehta, specialist paediatrics, RAK Hospital


Round 1: Beat Leolia Jeanjean 6-1, 6-2
Round 2: Beat Naomi Osaka 7-6, 1-6, 7-5
Round 3: Beat Marie Bouzkova 6-4, 6-2
Round 4: Beat Anastasia Potapova 6-0, 6-0
Quarter-final: Beat Marketa Vondrousova 6-0, 6-2
Semi-final: Beat Coco Gauff 6-2, 6-4
Final: Beat Jasmine Paolini 6-2, 6-2


Company name: The Cloud

Started: 2018

Founders: George Karam and Kamil Rogalinski

Based: Hub71, Abu Dhabi, UAE

Industry: Food technology

Funding size: $10m+

Investors: Middle East Venture Partners, Olayan Financing, Rua Growth Fund

Financial considerations before buying a property

Buyers should try to pay as much in cash as possible for a property, limiting the mortgage value to as little as they can afford. This means they not only pay less in interest but their monthly costs are also reduced. Ideally, the monthly mortgage payment should not exceed 20 per cent of the purchaser’s total household income, says Carol Glynn, founder of Conscious Finance Coaching.

“If it’s a rental property, plan for the property to have periods when it does not have a tenant. Ensure you have enough cash set aside to pay the mortgage and other costs during these periods, ideally at least six months,” she says. 

Also, shop around for the best mortgage interest rate. Understand the terms and conditions, especially what happens after any introductory periods, Ms Glynn adds.

Using a good mortgage broker is worth the investment to obtain the best rate available for a buyer’s needs and circumstances. A good mortgage broker will help the buyer understand the terms and conditions of the mortgage and make the purchasing process efficient and easier. 


Director: Lee Cronin
Stars: Alyssa Sutherland, Morgan Davies, Lily Sullivan
Rating: 5/5

Company profile

Company name: Fasset
Started: 2019
Founders: Mohammad Raafi Hossain, Daniel Ahmed
Based: Dubai
Sector: FinTech
Initial investment: $2.45 million
Current number of staff: 86
Investment stage: Pre-series B
Investors: Investcorp, Liberty City Ventures, Fatima Gobi Ventures, Primal Capital, Wealthwell Ventures, FHS Capital, VN2 Capital, local family offices


Company name: Clinicy
Started: 2017
Founders: Prince Mohammed Bin Abdulrahman, Abdullah bin Sulaiman Alobaid and Saud bin Sulaiman Alobaid
Based: Riyadh
Number of staff: 25
Sector: HealthTech
Total funding raised: More than $10 million
Investors: Middle East Venture Partners, Gate Capital, Kafou Group and Fadeed Investment

Confirmed bouts (more to be added)

Cory Sandhagen v Umar Nurmagomedov
Nick Diaz v Vicente Luque
Michael Chiesa v Tony Ferguson
Deiveson Figueiredo v Marlon Vera
Mackenzie Dern v Loopy Godinez

Tickets for the August 3 Fight Night, held in partnership with the Department of Culture and Tourism Abu Dhabi, went on sale earlier this month, through www.etihadarena.ae and www.ticketmaster.ae.

My Cat Yugoslavia by Pajtim Statovci
Pushkin Press


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Company name: Almouneer
Started: 2017
Founders: Dr Noha Khater and Rania Kadry
Based: Egypt
Number of staff: 120
Investment: Bootstrapped, with support from Insead and Egyptian government, seed round of
$3.6 million led by Global Ventures

Not Dark Yet

Shelby Lynne and Allison Moorer

Four stars

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