Last year, as part of the 2016 Year of Reading, it was announced that a humongous, world-class library would be built in Dubai.
The 66,000 square metre library, located in Al Jaddaf is set to open within the next six months.
Dubai Municipality director-general Hussein Nasser Lootah recently went to check out the progress of the library:
. استعرض سعادة المهندس حسين ناصر لوتاه مدير عام بلدية دبي سير العمل لمشروع مكتبة محمد بن راشد والمراحل التي وصل إليها وذلك خلال زيارته التفقدية لموقع المشروع برفقة المهندس داوود الهاجري مساعد المدير العام لقطاع الهندسة والتخطيط، وعدد من المسؤولين والمهندسين والقائمين على المشروع HE Eng Hussain Nasser Lootah, Director General of Dubai Municipality, inspected the work progress of Mohammed Bin Rashid Library Project. During his visit, he was accompanied by Dawood Al Hajri, Assistant Director-General for Engineering and Planning Sector and a number of officials, engineers and project managers. #دبي #بلدية_دبي #Dubai #mydubai #Dubaimunicipality
The intention behind the library is for it to be “the largest cultural centre in the Middle East and North Africa region”.
The library will house more than 4.5 million books, ranging from printed to electronic, with several areas for events, activities, education and cultural festivals, alongside exhibition venues and a 500-seat lecture theatre.
The seven-story building’s design resembles that of an open book on a rehl – a traditional lectern which holds the Quran.