The book, written by Azhaar Ahmed and illustrated by Omani artist and founder of Dahareez Art, Ibtihaj al Harthi, was launched in the presence of Jokha Alharthi, the initial Omani author to win the International Booker Prize.
Speaking about the book, Julian Ayers, regional vice president, Middle East, Alila Hotels and Resorts and common manager, Alia Jabal Akhdar stated, “Today with our initial children’s book we embark upon a journey to enrich young minds and manifest a planet for them that unveils the magic of Jebel Akhdar. As a hotel we wanted to discover stories that parents could study to their kids at bedtime – a pastime that appears to have been forgotten.
“However, as our story research began to grow, the book began to come to life. Thus, we undertook this project, in our endeavour to safeguard the spirit of the mountains for our future generations, and promote Oman’s tourism and culture among our guests and beyond.” He added that the book will also encourage other institutions in Oman to produce art and literature that highlight Oman’s distinctive heritage across the planet.
Ayers stated the book will be obtainable to all guests at the hotel prior to reaching the bookstores and libraries about the nation.
The book tracks the expeditions of Mark, a little boy, with an Omani boy and a girl, who moves about the mountains, caves, rocks and trees.
Tales from Jabal Akhdar: The Mountain That Touches The Stars
is an amalgamation of wonderous tales that have been passed on from generation to generation in the villages of Hail al Yaman, Al Manakhir and Wadi Bani Habib amongst other individuals.
Information Source: Muscat Daily