Known for his abstract oil paintings, marked by Arab calligraphy and geometric forms and for his water colour landscapes, Abdul Qader Al Rais is a self-taught artist born in Dubai in 1951 where he lives and works today. Influenced by Dutch painters, the French impressionists, but also by his own culture, he has always tended towards painting as his medium of choice. At his start, his works were rooted in realism, seeking to depict the landscapes and architecture of the Emirates. However, in the 1980s, his work looked at themes connected to politics, particularly, the situation in Palestine. Then, in the 1990s, he moved towards a mix of abstraction and calligraphy, concentrating on Arab letters which have become his trademark. The exhibition Nuqta: The Diacritic, at the Leila Heller Gallery in Dubai, presents some recent works, both oils on canvas and water-colours on paper, which belong to the artist’s third phase of development. Some of his works are on display in important international museums such as, among others, the British Museum of London and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Shanghai. Meanwhile, his public murals can be admired in the airport and metro system of Dubai.