In 2003 we were commissioned directly by HH The Crown Prince of Bahrain Shaikh Salman bin Hamad al Khalifa, to create a prestigious invitation and gift for 500 dignitaries and VIPs attending the first Formula 1 Grand Prix to be held in the Middle-East. We suggested that the magnitude of this event and the stature of the guest merited not just an invite but also a prestigious book that could function as an expansion of pride and achievement for Bahrain as a whole with F1 the catalyst.
Inspired by the development surge in the country at the time and the historical mirroring of the powerful Dilmun period of 2004BC, the book featured highlights of 4,000 years of Bahraini progress. Juxtaposing both Arabic and English language, each spread of the book details a historical, geographical, or cultural highlight/milestone of the country’s heritage up to the present day and includes modern day influences: manufacturing, the financial sector and tourism.
The book works well as a showcase to Bahrain’s history, its current and future development leading up to the new circuit. Printing techniques used across the book were an important consideration to create a truly special piece: 6 special print techniques, 8 different stocks, one being handmade, 11 colours, four of which were silk-screened and 5 specialist finishing techniques, contained within a bespoke box, alongside the invite itself, the book was very highly received by both the Crown Prince and the recipients.