Saudi's Culture Ministry launched three new fonts celebrating the kingdom’s culture on Monday.
The Saudi Press Agency reported that the fonts are available free of charge to individuals and organisations wishing to use them in design, artistic, and creative works.
“It is introducing a unique touch that gives a Saudi identity to Arabic fonts and celebrates Saudi heritage and cultural symbols,” the ministry said in a statement.
The clear and easy-to-read Masmak font has been named after the historic Masmak Fortress, characterised by its durability and strong structure.
It was developed without reference to traditional calligraphy methods, the SPA said.
The second new font, Al-Naseeb, resembles handwritten notes, and has been recommended for use in headlines, texts, literary works, poetry, and children’s stories.
Watad, the third font, was inspired by the tent peg with its letters having curved corners.
Its suggested use is for text relating to festivals and sporting events.
The initiative by the ministry is in celebration of the Arabic language and the fonts can be downloaded at https://engage.moc.gov.sa/fonts.