His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Hamad Alsharqi School of Gilding & Ornamentation Fujairah UAE United Arab Emirates

The School of Calligraphy and Ornamentation is a new specialised art school in Fujairah, UAE under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Hamad Alsharqi.

The school offers a number of workshops and various programs dedicated to the traditional arts of the book that include calligraphy, ornamentation, gilding, miniature painting and bookmaking crafts. 

These courses are open to adults interested in learning these artistic skills from anywhere in the world.

Fujairah is a beautiful city overlooking the Indian Ocean and surrounded by mountains, which makes it the perfect destination for an artistic escape.

The School’s Mission

The aim of the School of Calligraphy and Ornamentation is to revive the traditional practices that produced extraordinary manuscripts in the past especially in the Islamic lands. We will be delving into the history and the practical skills to enable our students to reproduce and create beautiful manuscripts while keeping the tradition alive for generations to come.

School Departments

The school has five departments with a range of experts: calligraphy, ornamentation, gilding, miniature and bookmaking crafts.

The Team

School Director
Dr. Esra Alhamal

Dr. Esra Alhamal is an educator, artist and podcaster. She completed her PhD in Architecture with a speciality in Islamic Nabati patterns from the University of East London. She has been exploring patterns for ten years and she enjoys studying and painting them. 

We have some great connections with very talented and wonderful visiting teachers that will be taking an active part of the diploma and teaching with us throughout the year.