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Dubai Expo 2020: Pakistani artist to showcase world’s largest Holy Quran

As the Dubai Expo 2021 is happening after the postponement of much awaited Dubai Expo 2020, Pakistani artist Shahid Rassam is to showcase a part of world’s largest Holy Quran. Rassam is an award-winning artist with similar works to his name before as well.

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A Pakistani artist is to showcase a part of world’s largest Holy Quran next month at Expo 2020 Dubai.

According to leading UAE news Agency Khaleej Times, the first-of-its-kind project of the Holy Quran will be cast on a canvas with aluminum and gold-plated script. It added that it would be the first time in Islamic history that such a big sized scripture shall be presented.

Traditionally, the Holy Quran has been inscribed on either paper, cloth, or leather, so far, however Shahid Rassam, a Pakistani and former UAE expat is taking this a step further.

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He is an award-winning artist who has won various international recognitions for his works, began this project five years back, and will showcase only a part of it on the six-month long expo in Dubai.

Being named artist of the year more than two decades ago in 2000 by University of Al Ain in UAE, Rassam has done related projects like inscribing 99 names of Allah with aluminum and gold-plated words.

An artist associated with the project being developed in Karachi told Khaleej Times, “Excluding frame, the size of the Holy Quran is 8.5-foot tall and 6.5-foot wide. It will have 150 words on one page…total number of pages are 550.”

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Currently, the largest printed Quran measures 6.74 feet in height and 4.11 feet wide, and 6.69 inches thick. The copy contains 632 pages and weighs a whopping 552.74 kg, according to the Guinness World Records.

Reportedly, a Dubai-based overseas Pakistani businessman, Irfan Mustafa, is facilitating the artist to showcase this masterpiece at the Expo 2020 Dubai.

Other notables at Expo 2020

Dubai Expo will showcase a five-meter-tall 3D printed replica of Michelangelo’s David. According to media agencies his doppelganger was hoisted into place following months of painstaking work by artists and innovators, which included 40 hours of digital scanning and a pioneering use of 3D printers.

In a depiction of innovation in the agro-tech world, 2020 Expo will feature an indoor rainfall in the Netherlands Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai thanks to technology SunGlacier, which produces water from air via solar power to irrigate crops.

For those who love automobiles, the expo 2020 will feature secrets of future auto manufacturing at the pavilion of German state of Baden-Württemberg, home to several world-famous luxury car brands.

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Similarly, Known as Multi, the world’s first rope-less elevator for skyscrapers will be revealed at Expo 2020 Dubai, being selected as one of the Expo’s lighthouse projects. Multi will be used for skyscrapers, with the ability to move passengers horizontally and vertically, along with being able to move on inclines. Instead of one cabin per shaft, it offers multiple cabins operating in a loop, and that means less time waiting around for another lift to use. It is also energy-efficient and faster.

Dubai Expo 2020 will have contributions from 192 countries, and thus will offer so much to its visitors. After the postponement of expo 2020 Dubai due to covid-19 pandemic this year we will experience Dubai Expo 2021 with the theme, “Connecting Minds, Creating the Future”

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