The UAE is stepping the community into the cultural world with its innovative architectural style. The Museum of the Future, adorned with Arabic calligraphy in a circular silver building, was soon dedicated to the world. Later, a reading room in the form of an open book was dedicated to book lovers. The Mohammed bin Rashid Library invites the world to access millions of books, sources of information and content. The UAE sees it not only as a cultural building for new generations, but also as a hub for intellectual and literary initiatives and projects in the Arab world.
Built at a cost of one billion dirhams, the library will nurture a new culture of reading by combining creativity, knowledge and art. The Mohammed bin Rashid Library is also a meeting place for literary lovers from all over the world.
The seven-story library houses more than 1.1 million printed and digitized books in Arabic and foreign languages. With over six million articles, approximately 73,000 audio scores, over 75,000 videos, over 13,000 articles, over 5,000 copies over 325 years, digital journals, 35,000 print and digital newspapers around the world, and over five hundred rare collections, the wonder world of knowledge opens up. The building will house nine separate bookstores. Categories include General, Emirates, The Young Adults, Children, Special Collection, The Maps and Atlas, Media and Arts, Business and Periodicals. In addition to printed books, the library opens its doors to a wide range of e-books and other digital media.
The Mohammed bin Rashid Library, which combines state-of-the-art technology and artificial intelligence, is equipped with automated storage, electronic book retrieval systems, virtual reality technologies, self-service kiosks, book digitization laboratories, and smart robots to answer visitors’ queries.
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai, announced the project in 2016 as the country celebrates Reading Year. Sheikh Mohammed’s tweets after the inauguration of the library in Al Jaddaf, Dubai Creek, highlight the importance of reading and knowledge.
The 54,000-square-meter library interior features natural light, a 50 percent reduction in water consumption, and a recycling system from air conditioners to irrigate green spaces. After downloading and registering the Mohammed bin Rashid Library’s Mobile App (MBRL), you can visit the library for free. Facilities for annual membership registration will also be provided. Open every day except Sunday.