Rare Mahmal displayed in Dubai Mall

Mahmal

One of the items which was part of the ceremonial regalia of  the pilgrimage to Mecca in the late 19th and early 20th centuries is currently on display in the Dubai Mall.

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The Mahmal is a rare handcrafted piece of art embroidered with l silver and gold thread calligraphy. It was originally commissioned by the 99th Caliph of Islam and 34th Sultan of the Ottoman Empire, Sultan Abdulhamid II who reigned from 1876 AD to 1909 AD.

The exhibit is on display at the Souk Atrium, along with literature explaining its history and religious significance.

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