The book launching of 'Dilmun: Peace & Love' at Swiss-Belhotel Seef Bahrain. The book launching of 'Dilmun: Peace & Love' at Swiss-Belhotel Seef Bahrain.

Swiss-Belhotel Seef Bahrain has partnered with Rowaq Al-Balqa Foundation for Arts, Jordan in launching a new limited-edition coffee table book entitled ‘Dilmun: Love & Peace’.

The 300-page volume focuses on the Dilmun civilisation and goes back to three thousand years B.C., to shed light on the life of this civilisation, 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 history and lifestyle of one of the oldest civilisations in the Middle East.

Translated into five languages including Arabic, English, French, German and Italian, the old myths and legends conveyed in the book highlight themes of existence and immortality. The artists involved in this project draw attention to history, particularly in areas of conflict.

Meant to be a collectors' piece, the book ‘Dilmun: Love & Peace’ is available for sale at Swiss-Belhotel Seef Bahrain for BD 65 (US$173) 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 the important ancient civilisations of the region, appeared on the island of Bahrain and formed 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 player in Bahrain’s tourism industry, Swiss-Belhotel Seef values the heritage of its home island and shares 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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