Posted by Neil King
Dubai residents and visitors have been offered the chance to view a rare Islamic art collection that has never been seen before in the UAE.
Held in honour of Ramadam and hosted by the Dubai International Financial Centre, the Story of Islamic Art in 99 Objects features among its showcase pieces an early 19th-century curtain from the tomb of the Prophet Mohammed, which is embroidered with the seal of Sultan Mahmud II from the Ottoman empire, the National reported.
The exhibition was opened on Sunday (August 15th) night at a ceremony attended by Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak, the minister of higher education and scientific research, as well as Dr Farhad Farjam, the Iranian collector who owns the items.
Other attendees included students from Zayed University who helped to curate the exhibition following tutoring from representatives from the Farjam Collection.
Ron Hawker, an associate professor of art history at the university, said that being able to "see and feel" such rare pieces had helped the students learn.
The news comes after it was revealed last month that the UAE's cultural achievements and heritage were showcased at the Assilah Festival 2010 in Morocco.