A new library opened its doors to visitors in Dubai Creek. The building resembles an open book lying on a traditional wooden book-rest by its shape.
The construction of the seven-story Mohammed bin Rashid Library building cost Dhs 1 billion. It features a library, an amphitheater, a garden and a cafe. Visitors are provided with a wide selection of literature on various topics and genres, as well as other media. The library’s collections are distributed in 9 thematic halls: General Library, Library for Youth, Children's Library, Library of Maps and Atlases, Library of Multimedia and Arts, Library of Business Publications, Library of the United Arab Emirates, Library of Periodicals and Special Collections.
Readers and researchers have access to over 1 million copies of printed and electronic books in the Arabic and Foreign languages. And that's not all. The library also features about 35,000 printed and electronic newspapers from around the world, about 500 rare publications, 6 million research papers, about 73,000 music scores, 75,000 video recordings, about 13,000 articles, and more than 5,000 devoted to the history of print and electronic journals.
The Mohammed bin Rashid Library uses the latest artificial intelligence technologies: an integrated system combines automated storage, electronic book search, an information kiosk with a self-ordering function, and smart robots responding to visitors' requests.
The words of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai, are on plaques in the garden.
60 pillars are placed around the outdoor area with quotes from His Highness Sheikh Mohammed, which can be read in English and Arabic.
The open-air amphitheater is planned to be used during the cooler months for cultural events, performances and music concerts.
The library is open daily from 8:00 a.m. to 11:55 p.m.
By: Sara-Aisha Kent.
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