Launching the would-be largest Arab Library in Dubai
* Located on an area exceeding 1 billion sq. ft., to be opened in 2017
* Offering 4.5 million books, including printed, audio and electronic ones
* A site for more than a hundred cultural and cognitive events a year, and a permanent art gallery
* Printing and distributing 10 million books in the Arab world
* The library hosts Muhammad Bin Rashid’s Arabic Language Prizes
In February 2, 2016, H.H. Sheikh Muhammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai (may Allah safeguard him), launched the largest Arab library, in the presence of H.E. Sheikh Maktoum Bin Muhammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai. The library, costs one billion Dirhams, is being build on more than one million square feet.
The library is expected to offer 4.5 million books, including printed, audio and electronic ones.
Moreover, the expected annual beneficiaries of the library are about 42 million. With construction works commenced, the launching of the library will be in 2017.
Eight specialized branches
The main library encompasses eight specialized libraries, with 1.5 printed books, 2 million e-books, and one million audio books. With its colossal construction that is located at Al Jaddaf Area, Dubai Creek, the library is going to be a station for more than a hundred annual cultural, cognitive events and a permanent art gallery. It also embraces major Arab institutions specialized in supporting Arabic content.
10 million books
The library will print and distribute 10 million books in the Arab world in the coming years, on embracing Muhammad Bin Rashid Arabic Language Prizes that are worth Dh2.4 million, and on launching a program for support of Arabic content through the translation of 25 thousand books. In addition, the library will embrace and support the Arab Reading Challenge, including 2.5 million students from 20 thousand schools in the Arab world. Those students work on reading 125 million titles every year. The library will encompass a special center for reparation of historical manuscripts, a special library for the collectibles of Al Maktoum, and year round literary and art galleries. Such would be a nucleus for knowledge and creativity, a forum for those concerned with culture and sciences, and a museum for heritage and history of human civilization.v