Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 7 August 2020

Manchester City fan's Arabic calligraphy featuring Aguero, De Bruyne and Mahrez to mark Eid Al Adha

Diaa Allam thrilled to produce the art for the club he follows

UAE artist and Manchester City fan Diaa Allam's Arabic calligraphy detailing star players Kevin De Bruyne, Sergio Aguero and Riyad Mahrez. 
UAE artist and Manchester City fan Diaa Allam's Arabic calligraphy detailing star players Kevin De Bruyne, Sergio Aguero and Riyad Mahrez. 

A Manchester City fan and UAE artist has designed a unique piece of Arabic calligraphy featuring Sergio Aguero, Kevin De Bruyne and Riyad Mahrez to mark Eid Al Adha.

Diaa Allam was delighted to be asked to produce the work for the club he follows.

“To be honest, I was really thrilled to be asked to work on this project,” he said. “It was a huge honour to work on the design for Manchester City.

“I’m very excited about the prospect of other Manchester City fans around the world being able to see my work.

“It’s great to see a huge international club such as City send a message to the Muslim community for Eid in this style, it’s fantastic.”

While he created the design in his quiet studio, Allam often produces work in a totally different environment.

“I’ve been doing it for more than 10 years now, developing my own style and becoming a specialist in Arabic calligraphy,” he added.

“It’s been my full-time job for more than three years. I do the canvasses at my studio, but I also produce a lot of live art in front of an audience, which is a lot of fun.”

In terms of City’s on-field exploits, Allam is looking forward to their impending Champions League match against Real Madrid, where they hold a 2-1 lead from the first leg.

“I’m a big fan of Manchester City and it’s been great to watch the club achieve huge success and win so many trophies in the past few years.

“I just hope that this season we can finally win the Champions League, and if we can beat Real Madrid, we will have a great chance.”

Updated: August 1, 2020 11:54 AM

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