The Bayt Lothan Project is located in the
former home of Sheikh Sabah Al-Salem Al-Sabah, the twelfth Amir of Kuwait,
in Salmiya. The Project is directed and managed by his daughter, Sheikha
Amal Sabah Al-Salem Al-Sabah.
The house was built in three distinct
stages - the first in the late 1930s, the second in the late 1940s, and the
third in the 1950s - known respectively as the kitchen courtyard, the family
courtyard and the diwan courtyard. The whole building has an area of 4,000
square metres, all of which has been converted into workshops for arts and
The word lothan means shelter. It was the
original name of the area in which the house stands, so called because it
was a place where ships could take refuge from storms. Today Bayt Lothan
provides a shelter in which human creativity, arts and crafts may flourish.
In his book About the History of Kuwait
(1959), Seif Marzouk Al-Shamlan, a Kuwaiti historian, describes the various
areas of Kuwait. On page 92 he writes: iqoption
LOTHAN: in 1344 AH / 1926 AD, one or two
houses were built near Salmiya in a place known as 'Lothan', which small
groups of friends used as a resort.
Lothan was also mentioned by the poet
Khaled Mohamed Al-Faraj:
Our destiny is to maintain our way of
life, despite the revolutions of our times; we are satisfied with the
simplicity of Lothan as our summer resort while the aristocrats take their
vacations in Lausanne.