The world’s largest floating book fair could possibly be returning to Bahrain in June this 12 months as a part of a tour across the area.
The Logos Hope, which has greater than 5,000 book titles on board, is at present docked in the waters across the UAE and is tentatively scheduled to be docked in Manama from June 6 to June 19, in accordance to the charitable organisation which oversees its mission – Gute Bücher für Alle (translated from German as Good Books for All (GBA) Ships.
“Our goal is to share knowledge, help and hope in every port we visit,” the German charity stated, in a press release, on its web site.
“Our ships go to every port of name for a number of weeks at a time and open the gangways to lots of and sometimes 1000’s of holiday makers every single day. The floating book gala’s supply many various titles, offering guests their first-ever alternative to select from the wide selection of high quality literature.”
The ship docked at Ras Al Khaimah, UAE on April 10, and can be there till tomorrow, after which it is going to be in Dubai till April 23 earlier than ending its UAE stint with a nearly-month-long cease at Abu Dhabi from Could 10 to June 5.
Earlier than it arrived in the UAE, the ship was in Basra, Iraq, after visiting Djibouti, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Egypt and Lebanon.
The Logos Hope final visited Bahrain in 2013 from October 22 to November 4. The ports of name after Bahrain, in accordance to the ship’s web site and topic to change, embody Qatar and Oman.
Because it was commissioned by GBA Ships in 2005, the 132.5m-long vessel has sailed 132,619 nautical miles and visited 77 international locations and territories, docking at 141 completely different ports.
In complete, greater than 10 million books have been purchased on board the Logos Hope by 9.34m guests.
In Ras Al Khaimah, 528 folks visited the ship inside hours of it opening to the general public and had been catered to by the ship’s staff of volunteers.
“An international crew and staff of volunteers from around 60 countries live and work on the ships, devoting one or more years of their lives to serving on board,” the not-for-profit organisation’s web site explains.
“The ship folks promote literacy and training, cross-cultural co-operation, and social consciousness, and mirror God’s compassion for the world in the ports and international locations they go to.
“Ship groups go into surrounding areas to present assist and neighborhood care, partnering with area people teams to carry hope to folks, no matter their circumstance, tradition or background.
”The entire people on the ship, together with the certified crew of sailors, serve in a voluntary capability, and every particular person, who serves on board for one or two years, is sponsored by a gaggle of supporters, together with family and friends.
“Half of the funding needed comes from the sponsorship of personnel on board given by friends, family and other supporters,” GBA Ships explains.
“One other quarter comes from the sale of books and non-book objects (similar to souvenirs) in the on-board book fair. The final quarter comes from items and donations given by people, trusts, foundations and neighborhood teams.
“GBA Ships is not a government or corporate funded enterprise. Some local corporate sponsorship in the ports of call helps to cover port and publicity expenses.”
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