Manama (Bahrain) – December 26, 2017 (travelindex.com) – Swiss-Belhotel Seef Bahrain is exploring the art, culture and lives of an ancient Arabian civilization with a limited-edition book, Dilmun: Love and Peace in collaboration with the Rowaq Al Balqa Arts Foundation in Jordan.
The 300-page collectors’ edition features photographs and paintings from international artists to portray the everyday lives of the Dilmun, one of the oldest civilizations of the Arabian Peninsula who thrived over 5,000 years ago as part of a commercial centre; revealing how the community spread within the Middle East as well as their customs, arts, folklore and mythology.
Artwork from the Dilmun: Love and Peace book was exhibited in the hotel’s ballroom at a launch event, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony, on 25 November 2017, with His Excellency Mohammed Bin Ibrahim Al-Mutawa, Minister of Cabinet Affairs and Sheikha Haya Al Khalifa in attendance. Schools, universities and organisations within Bahrain were invited to view the exhibition on the same day and take part in a workshop led by Jordanian artist, designer and filmmaker, Khaldoon Daoud.
The book launch continued on the following day with an exclusive cocktail reception held in the presence of His Excellency Shaikh Khaled bin Humood Al Khalifa, Chief Executive Officer of Bahrain Tourism and Exhibitions Authority. Also in attendance at the VIP event were ambassadors, diplomats and members of the media who widely reported the publication, along with several Swiss-Belhotel Seef corporate partners and clients.
A meeting at the Office of the Crown Prince also took place, with future plans to present a copy of Dilmun: Love and Peace to the Office of King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa.
Gavin M. Faull, Chairman and President of Swiss-Belhotel International, explains how important the book project is in proudly highlighting the rich heritage of Bahrain.
“The Swiss-Belhotel Seef is designed as a contemporary stay in the heart of Manama’s business and commercial district, yet there is also a deep connection to the roots of this incredible destination,” said Mr. Faull
“Dilmun: Love and Peace book celebrates and values the history of Bahrain and this advanced and creative civilization; bringing a sense of the country’s past, its peoples and its traditions to resonate with today’s modern-day visitors,” he added.
The Rowaq Al Balqa Arts Foundation, which partnered with Swiss-Belhotel Seef to produce the creative volume, focuses on preserving the region’s art, culture and environment for future generations to come.
Dilmun: Love and Peace is available in Arabic, English, French, German and Italian; retailing for USD $160 exclusively at Swiss-Belhotel Seef Bahrain. A perfect gift for businesses, embassies and government ministries to present to corporate clients and valued partners, the book will also be displayed at key locations such as airport executive lounges, libraries and university faculties such as art and history departments.
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