A huge library holding at least a million books and designed in the shape of an open book is set to open in Dubai next year.
The emirate’s municipality first approved the project called Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Library in July 2013, which is due to open in 2017.
The 66,000 sq m building will be in Al Jaddaf, and will feature internet services, various areas for open reading, a stage, a cinema, a visual and auditory library and a borrowing book section.
Visitors can also expect live library presentations, documentaries and lectures to take place while there will be separate areas for children.
Dubai is already a literary hub with the 2016 Emirates Airline Literary Festival right around the corner.
The eighth edition of the annual gathering will be the first and biggest literature and reading orientated event of the Year of Reading. Held March 1-12 at the Dubai International Writers’ Centre and the InterContinental Hotel, Dubai Festival City, it will be the longest literary festival conducted in the Middle East with more than 150 authors confirmed to attend.
The library comes alongside UAE President HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, dedicated 2016 the Year of Reading.
Also coming soon are eight book-lending kiosks across Kite Beach and Al Mamzar Beach.