Here’s what Dubai’s official font looks like

You read that right. Dubai is now the first city in the world to have an official font.

May 1, 2017

Fun fact: Very few people in the world like the Comic Sans font. The internet soon got tired of the font that was used almost everywhere in the early 2010s. Most people today seem content with using Arial or Times New Roman while Helvetica still remains a graphic designer’s delight.

If you are one of the few typography enthusiasts growing increasingly tired of those old favourites, here’s a new typeface you could use: Dubai Font. Yes, that’s right. Not content with bragging about having the tallest building in the world and the world’s biggest shopping centre, Dubai is now the first city to get its own font. 

The new Arabic and Latin-styled font, which is simply a stripped down version of the San Serif typeface, now freely available worldwide in 23 different languages. In case you’re not one of the over 100 million people using  Microsoft’s Office 365 software, you can download the font from dubaifont.com

Unveiled on April 30, the font was designed by Dr Nadine Chahine and is a product of an 18-month process by a six-member team from the US-based design agency, Monotype.

The Dubai Executive Council, chaired by Shaikh Hamdan Bin Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, has instructed all the emirate’s government bodies to use the font. 

It was "a very important step for us as part of our continuous efforts to be ranked first in the digital world," he said at the launch. "We are confident that this new font and its unique specifications will prove popular among other fonts used online and in smart technologies across the world".