A coffee table book tracing the history of the Dilmun Civilization as seen through the eyes of more than 20 international artists.
28th November, 2017 – Bahrain – Rowaq Al-Balqa Foundation for Arts, Jordan, in partnership with Swiss-Belhotel Seef Bahrain, is launching a new limited edition coffee table book entitled ‘Dilmun: Love & Peace’.
The one of a kind 300 pages volume focus on the Dilmun civilization and goes back to three thousand years B.C., to shed light on the life of this civilization, its geographical expansion and its arts and legends. Resulting from the collaboration of more than 20 Bahraini, Jordanian and international artists, the book gathers dozens of paintings and photographs to illustrate the lifestyle of one of the oldest civilizations in the Middle East.
Translated into 5 languages including Arabic, English, French, German and Italian, the old myth and legends conveyed in the book highlight themes of existence and immortality. The artists involved in this project draw attention to the necessity of exposing the human history, particularly in areas of conflict.
A true collector piece, the book ‘Dilmun: Love & Peace’ is available for sale exclusively at Swiss-Belhotel Seef Bahrain for BD 65 per volume.
Some of the artists featured in the book include: Saad Yagan, Abbas al-Moussawi, Hammoud Shantout, Kamal Al-Zu’bi, Sharif, Shadi Daoud, Rima Al Mazin, Fadi Daoud, Jackie Taylor, Haitham Abdul Hafeez, Rashed Diab, Jamal Rahimhani Dallah, Tayseer Barakat, Safwan Dahoul, Manfred Erber, Loay Daoud, Rima Al-Juburi, Assel Quzmar, Khaled Shati and Katrina, Khaldoon.
Dilmun, one of most important ancient civilizations of the region, appeared on the island of Bahrain and was a hub on a major trading route between Mesopotamia – the world’s oldest civilisation – and the Indus Valley in South Asia. It is also believed that Dilmun had commercial ties with ancient sites at Elam in Oman, Alba in Syria and Haittan in Turkey.
As a key player in Bahrain’s Tourism Industry, Swiss-Belhotel Seef highly values the heritage of its home island and share the responsibility of conveying its history and values to visitors and residents.
“We believe that protecting and understanding culture and heritage is important to our community and, therefore, it is important to us”, said Herve Peyre, General Manager at Swiss-Belhotel Seef Bahrain. “This is why we happily took part in the “Dilmun: Love & Peace” project. Cultural heritage can provide a sense of unity and belonging within a local community, and it is the message that we want to communicate.”
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