Dubai Current Affairs

Dubai becomes First City in World to gets its Own Microsoft Font

Dubai has become the first city in the world to have its own Microsoft-designed font. The font will have typeface both in Latin and Arabic script. It will be made available in 23 languages– Afrikaans, Arabic, Basque, Britannic, Catalan, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, Gaelic, German, Icelandic, Indonesian, Italian, Norwegian, Farsi, Portuguese, Sami, Spanish, Swahili, Swedish and Urdu.

The font was launched by the Crown Prince of Dubai Shaikh Hamdan Bin Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum. The font will be used by UAE’s government bodies and also by 100 million Office 365 users around the world.


UAE has launched the ‘Dubai Font’ in line with its vision of becoming a regional and global leader in innovation. The country views the launch as a part of its continuous efforts to be ranked first in the digital world. The country expects the new font and its unique specifications to become popular online and in smart technologies across the world. The launch of new font is expected to boost the emirate’s competitiveness in smart technology.


Dubai is the largest city in UAE. It has the world’s tallest tower, Burj Khalifa. Dubai has been taking a series of initiatives to broaden its appeal by investing in technology and culture. Dubai will play host to the six-month Expo 2020 under the themes of sustainability and mobility.


Rekha to be awarded DIFF Lifetime Achievement Award

Veteran Bollywood actress and Rajya Sabha MP Rekha will be honoured by the upcoming Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) with a Lifetime Achievement Award.

She will be honoured for her 40-year career contribution and participation in more than 180 films. 2016 DIFF will commence on 7 December 2016 and will conclude on 14 December 2016.

About Rekha

  • She was born as Bhanu Rekha Ganesan on 10 October 1954 in Chennai in then Madras State (now Tamil Nadu).
  • She is known for her versatility and is acknowledged as one of the finest actresses in Hindi cinema.
  • She had started her film career in 1966 as a child actress in the Telugu film Rangula Ratnam. Her film debut as a lead was in Sawan Bhadon (1970). Since then she has acted in more than 180 films in a career spanning over 40 years.
  • She has won 3 Filmfare Awards, 2 for Best Actress and 1 for Best Supporting Actress for her roles in Khubsoorat (1980), Khoon Bhari Maang (1988) and Khiladiyon Ka Khiladi (1996), respectively.
  • She has won National Film Award for Best Actress for her portrayal of a classical courtesan in film Umrao Jaan (1981). Union Government has honoured her with Padma Shri in 2010.

About Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF)

DIFF is an annual film festival held in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. It was started in year 2004. Each year DIFF provides platform and presents new and exciting cinema from the Arab world, Asia, Africa and beyond. It is a not-for-profit cultural event, presented and organised by Dubai Entertainment & Media Organization.