UNESCO has just added the Arabic calligraphy to its Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity list.
The proposal was submitted by a coalition of 16 Arabic-speaking countries, including Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Jordan, and Palestine.
According to ARTnews, the coalition will create a report on their progress in supporting the art form next year.
The proposal led by Saudi Arabia included the push for Arabic calligraphy to be included on the UNESCO list.
“We welcome the inscription of Arabic calligraphy, which is the result of the Kingdom championing this treasured aspect of authentic Arabic culture,” Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan, the country’s Minister of Culture, said in a statement.
UNESCO, on the other hand, described the calligraphy as ‘the artistic practice of handwriting Arabic script in a fluid manner to convey harmony, grace and beauty.’
Intangible cultural heritages are those precious cultural practices, including games, hunting practices, dialects, culinary treasures, and folk dances.