The Saudi newspaper Al-Eqtisadiah stated that from yesterday until the end of this season, the Arabic calligraphy will be present in the stadiums with the slogan “Sports spirit with an Arab identity”, on the players’ shirts through the Arabization of their names, while the numbers will remain the same.
This order comes in response to the Arabization campaign adopted by the Ministry of Culture within the “Year of Arabic Calligraphy” initiative in cooperation with the Ministry of Sports and the Saudi Professional League League..
It bore the jerseys of the Al Shabab and Abha teams, Al Taawon, Al Faisali, Al Wahda, Qadisiyah, and finally Crescent moon And Al-Ain, the names of the players, including the names of foreign players, written in Arabic using Thuluth script, which is distinguished by the beauty of its geometric formations.
This came in an unusual way as it is always written in English, in a step that is the first of its kind in Saudi Arabia.
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The new club crews include innovative designs to write the names of players on their shirts during the season’s matches, and this will be accompanied by the display of the Year of Arabic Calligraphy identity on the screens LED Surrounding the stadiums on which the matches will be held.The “Year of Arabic Calligraphy” comes under the umbrella of the Quality of Life Program, one of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 programs, and it is one of the Ministry of Culture’s initiatives to serve, preserve and preserve Arabic calligraphy, and strive to spread it among members of society through innovative activities and events that highlight Arabic calligraphy and enhance its presence as an authentic vessel of Arab culture.
The Saudi League matches are held this season amid a strict medical protocol, and without fans, in order to preserve the lives and safety of everyone, especially with the spread of a second wave of the Corona virus epidemic that caused the last season to be postponed for a long time, until the season resumed and Al Hilal was crowned its champion.