UAE Focus

$272m library work to start

October 2016

Work will soon start on the ambitious Mohammed bin Rashid Library in Dubai with the awarding of a Dh1-billion ($272 million) contract for the construction of the biggest cultural project in the Arab world.

The library, which is expected to be completed in mid-2018, will include eight specialised libraries, 1.5 million books, two million digital books and one million audio books.

Designed in the shape of an open book on a lectern, the seven-storey building will host over 100 cultural events every year, a permanent art gallery, and a home for specialised institutions that support development of the Arabic language content.

The library includes a centre for conservation and restoration of books, manuscripts and documents, a special library for the Al Maktoum collection and a civilisation museum.

On completion, the 650,000-sq-ft property will be able to receive 42 million visitors annually.

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