The Rimal Journey
The name was inspired by the Middle Eastern coastline, which speaks to discovery and culture, and serves as a blueprint of our small business. At Rimal every page is carefully edited, designed and then bound to create exquisite pieces of literature.
FIRST INDEPENDENT PUBLISHING HOUSE IN CYPRUS
Founder, the late Nora Shawwa (1955-2023), embraced Middle Eastern stories and culture, with a dream to create affordable books for the contemporary reader. Rimal opened its doors in 1993. It was the first independent international publishing house registered in Cyprus.
With the mission to encourage young readers in the Arab
world, Rimal took its first steps in publishing three illustrated children books.
Rimal publishes Life at the Crossroads, the first book on Gaza’s comprehensive history spanning over 3,000 years.
Rimal forms its first partnership with London-based Melisende Publishing - focusing on original studies, both contemporary and historical, on culture and art history in the Middle East.
Four years of inimitable dedication, Rimal introduces the first-of-its-kind comprehensive full-colour illustrated Arabic/Arabic Dictionary for Children in the elementary and intermediate levels, an achievement hailed in educational circles throughout the Middle East.
Rimal introduces the enchanting collection of Palestinian fables by story-teller Najwa Kawar Farah. This series of Folktales from Palestine are published in illustrated children books in both English and Arabic.
Expanding horizons, Rimal publishes its first travel book Cyprus: An Island Apart, with author Seamus MacHugh who visits all the places of major cultural and historical interest on the island.
The local equivalent of 'Animal Farm', this Orwellian style story is set in the island of Cyprus with cats, rats, snakes and pelicans. Tolou and the Cats of Phaphos is enjoyed by young and adult readers alike. The story was later adapted into local school plays across the island.
"THIS BOOK IS A TREASURE." - The Washington Report
The first book to document over 200 Palestinian motifs by name and origin. Margarita Skinner in association with Widad Kamel Kawar introduce Palestinian Embroidery Motifs: A Treasury of Stitches 1850-1950,
Rimal publishes the English edition of an intellectual journey in the modern political history of Cyprus with one of it most beloved Presidents, Glafkos Clerides, The Path of a Country.
Rimal acquires Middle East International, a renowned London-based magazine published since 1971.
Rimal establishes a partnership with the Ghassan Kanafani Cultural Foundation and re-publishes the entire collection of one of the Arab world’s celebrated writers, Ghassan Kanafani Complete Collection. His beloved stories were re-introduced to new generations of readers with fresh and bold covers based on Kanafani's own drawings.
'love as light and love as shadow'
Lovesong is a portfolio of poems and paintings that unfold rhythmically to echo love as it moves forward and backward in time. Recipient of the 2011 BABF Book Design Award.
THE DEFINITIVE HISTORY OF THE CAPITAL OF CYPRUS
Rimal publishes Historic Nicosia, the first comprehensive and scholarly history of the capital of Cyprus - from the earliest times until the island's independence in 1960.
A poetic text about The Sea by Niki Marangou accompanied by the photography of Selma Ancira. Rimal publishes this exquisite little book in both Greek and English.
Dreams can come true! Rimal publishes Blue Fish's Secret Wish, the the recipient of the 2014 Sharjah Children's Book Award.
Rimal partners up with New York based publishing house - OR books.
SHORT-LISTED FOR THE PALESTINE BOOK AWARDS
A 'fast-paced and compelling' novel, Vanished is a fictional story set against the political unrest in Palestine.
Windows on Interesting Times is not a chronological account of people and events but an impressionist literary experiment.
Laura Boushnak, motivated by her own experience to get an education, has pursued a personal project I Read I Write where she explores the role of literacy in the Arab world.
From hand-drawn vernacular calligraphy, the evil eye, the cedars and many decorative patterns, Mahrooseh takes us on a journey through Lebanon's art on the road.
SHORT-LISTED FOR THE PALESTINE BOOK AWARDS
Palestinian traditions and recipes full of fragrance, flavors and richness from Gaza. A Taste of Gaza is the recipient of the Gourmand World Cookbook Award for Mediterranean Cuisine.