The Mohammed bin Rashid Library in Dubai.


Dubai’s book-shaped Mohammed bin Rashid Library opens to public on June 16


The Mohammed bin Rashid Library in Dubai will officially open its doors to the public on Thursday (June 16).

The unique, book-shaped library was inaugurated on Monday (June 13) by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.

“Today we launch a cultural and intellectual edifice for our new generations, through which we aim to promote reading, spread knowledge and support researchers and scientists. Our goal is to illuminate the human mind,” Sheikh Mohammed said.

“The economy needs knowledge, politics needs wisdom, nations need to learn, and all of that can be found in books. Through this library, we have brought together millions of books to develop our path, consolidate our identity, culture and roots, and create our future,” he added.

The library cost Dh1 billion to construct. It sits on a otal area of 581,903 square feet and is overlooking the Dubai Creek.

The building has been built in the shape of a rehl, a traditional wooden book stand that is used to hold the Quran.

Inside, the modern library holds more than a million books and six million research theses, plus 10 main library collections for adults, children and more.

This includes more than 1.1 million printed and digital books in Arabic and foreign languages, over six million dissertations, around 73,000 music scores, 75,000 videos, approximately 13,000 articles, and more than 5,000 historical print and digital journals.

It has an archive covering 325 years, along with about 35,000 print and digital newspapers from around the world, and nearly 500 rare collectibles.

The seven-storey building features conference centres and exhibition spaces. Entrance is free. ICA/Expat Media

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