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Portion of world's largest Quran featured at Dubai Expo

Visitors walk in front of the Palestinian pavilion at the Expo 2020, in the Gulf Emirate of Dubai, on October 1, 2021. [AFP via Getty Images]
Visitors walk in front of the Palestinian pavilion at the Expo 2020, in the Gulf Emirate of Dubai, on October 1, 2021. [AFP via Getty Images]

A portion of the world's largest Quran was unveiled, Tuesday, at Dubai Expo 2020 in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), attracting crowds to see the rare artwork, Anadolu News Agency reports.

Pakistan's Federal Minister for Commerce, Abdul Razzak Dawood, along with the country's Ambassador to the UAE, Afzaal Mahmood, senior Expo officials and diplomats, inaugurated the work by renowned Pakistani artist, Shahid Rassam, according to a statement.

Cast on canvas with aluminium and gold-plated script, surah Al-Rahman, or chapter of The Beneficent, is on display at the Pakistan Pavilion.

Rassam and more than 200 associates have been working since 2017 to prepare what he said is the world's largest copy of the Quran. The project is scheduled to be completed in 2026.

Rassam told reporters that the artefact is unique and innovative from various aspects.

"I have not written the Holy Quran with colour or ink. The words are cast on canvas with aluminium and gold-plated words for the first time in Islamic history," he said.

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The project is featured on six pages that took four months to complete.

Rassam said 15 kilograms (33 pounds) of aluminium and more than 1 kilogram (2.2 pounds) of gold were used to cast surah Al-Rahman on a special canvas.

The work, measuring 8.5 feet (2.6 meters) long and 6.5 feet (2 meters) wide, is poised to break the record held by another copy of the Muslim holy book that is at 6.5 feet and 4.5 feet (1.4 meters), that was prepared in Afghanistan in 2017 and is housed at the Kul Sharif Mosque in the Russian city of Kazan.

The Karachi-based artist said his work was inspired by Turkish, Arabic and Iranian art designs.

More than 200 kilograms (440 pounds) of gold, 2,000 kilograms of aluminium and 600 canvas rolls will be used to cast 77,430 words on 550 pages. To illuminate and enrich the design, precious stones like rubies, sapphires and emeralds will also be used, he said.

An Italian glazing technique and acrylic colours have been used to develop the design, as it can last for hundreds of years, he said.

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