Dubai unveils plan to build AED 1-B library, the largest in Middle East

  • Dubai’s Sheik Mohammed Bin Rashid has unveiled plans to build an AED 1-billion library
  • The structure will be built in the shape of an open book with seven floors covering more than 1-million square feet
  • It is expected to draw nine million tourists every year
  • Construction has started and expected completion will be in 2017

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates –  Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, UAE Prime Minister, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai has unveiled plan to construct an AED 1-billion (US $270-M) library that will house millions of books.

The structure, to be named Mohammad Bin Rashid Library, will be built in the shape of an open book building made up of seven stories with approximately 1-million square feet in total floor area.

Construction has started at the chosen location in Al Jadaf near the Dubai Culture Village right in the heart of the emirate. It is expected to be completed next year and will house more than 4.5 million books, including 1.5 million printed books, 2 million electronic books and 1 million audio books.

The ambitious project will be the biggest library in the region, according to a Gulf News report.

“We want a dynamic library which will reach you before you reach it, visit you before you visit it, and which encourages you to start reading from childhood, while supporting you as a scientist, researcher or specialist, when older,” Sheik Mohammed said during the launching of the project on Monday. (Click here to read more)

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