Office is distributing a new font ("Dubai") developed in collaboration with The Executive Council of Dubai. In this article we'll detail how this font will be distributed, explain the history of this font and how you might want to use it in a document.
Introducing the Dubai font family
In January 2016, Microsoft and The Executive Council of Dubai announced that we would work together on a new font family for inclusion in Microsoft products.
Over the past year work on the Dubai font family was completed by award winning type designer Nadine Chahine and a team of designers and engineers based in Monotype’s London office. The goal was to produce a highly readable text font family, leveraging Nadine’s background in font legibility research.
The initial version of the Dubai font family consists of four styles, Dubai Light, Dubai (regular), Dubai Medium and Dubai Bold, supporting both western European languages as well as the major languages that use the Arabic script.
Installing the Dubai font in Microsoft Office
Office 365 subscribers and Office 2016 for PC or Mac users will automatically get the Dubai font added to their applications as part of their normal update process. If you're an Office 365 subscriber and don't see the font available for you yet, make sure you have the latest updates installed. See Install Office updates for more information.
If you're not an Office 365 subscriber and have an older version of Office, or if you are an Office 365 subscriber who has not yet received the font and want to have it right away, you can install it manually by going to DubaiFont.com.
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iOS, Android, Windows Mobile users already have the new Dubai font available in their applications.
Dubai Font has been added to the Office Online Viewer, and will soon be added to the Office Online Editor.
Using the Dubai font in Microsoft Office
The Dubai font works just as any other font in Office. Simply select the font from the font picker in your application to apply it.
Tips & Tricks
Avoid using italics with any of the Dubai fonts, as we've not yet included true italic styles of the fonts.
The Dubai (regular) style is suited for body text and is “linked” to the Dubai Bold font. To apply the bold effect just select your text and choose bold from the Font group on the ribbon.
Because the Dubai fonts are designed for setting both Arabic and western European languages together, the space between lines is quite generous. You can tighten up this spacing by selecting Line Spacing Options from the Paragraph ribbon menu.
The font automatically installs in Word, Outlook, Excel and PowerPoint. If you'd like to have the font available to you in other programs like Microsoft Project, or third-party programs you'll need to go to DubaiFont.com and install the font manually.