Dubai: The Dubai Culture and Arts Authority (Dubai Culture) had recently hosted a calligraphy workshop at the Erada Centre for Treatment and Rehab in Dubai.
The workshop, held on July 25 and 26, was hosted under the supervision of calligraphers Abdul Fattah Mohammad Malha and Abdul Khaliq Ayat Ibreza, and attended by Erada Centre’s patients and employees.
Erada is one of the handful of places in the UAE specialised to treat “the disease of substance use disorders and alcohol addiction”, it says online. The new centre, which opened earlier this year, also offers live-in facilities for people with severe drug and alcohol dependence. After completing the programme, the patients have regular outpatient follow-ups for a year or two, depending on the case.
Dubai Culture said this type of initiative is aligned with its wider efforts to improve people’s lives.
Khalil Abdul Wahid, manager of the arts section at Dubai Culture, said: “Dubai Culture aims to develop and discover artistic talents and nurture them through collaborations with governmental and private institutions. This initiative encouraged both patients and employees to develop their creative skills, and we would like to thank the Erada Centre management team for its generous efforts and support in hosting these workshops.”
Dubai Culture said it aims to enhance Dubai’s cultural scene and draw attention to the emirate’s heritage with a variety of initiatives that take place throughout the year. The authority’s mandate is to build bridges between different civilisations and cultures through initiatives that benefit the emirate’s residents and visitors.