UAE issues first of its kind law to put reading at centre of society

New legislation will grant employees dedicated time to read during working hours, obliges coffee shops to provide reading materials
By Staff writer
Mon 31 Oct 2016 06:33 PM

The UAE on Monday issued the first law of its kind which aims to cement the importance of reading in the country.

Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, has issued the legislation saying that reading and knowledge are key for the progress of the UAE.

The law also will grant employees dedicated time to read during working hours, and consolidates the cultural image of books in the society and obliges coffee shops in shopping malls to offer reading material for its customers.

“Our objective is to prepare generations that work for a brighter future of the UAE,” the President said in a statement.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, praised the newly passed law, and hailed it as an unprecedented cultural and legislative initiative.

“The law takes a key value like reading and turns it in an integrated government project,” he said.

Sheikh Mohammed said that the law was drafted based on international legal experiences, that took into consideration local heritage and the Arabic identity of the society. 

He also stressed the importance of reading as a right for everyone in the society that is granted by law, where the government will provide a "knowledge briefcase" to families with newborn babies.

“Our objective is to make reading a daily habit in our people, where relevant entities will be required to translate this law into reality,” he said.

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