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“Reading on Beach” initiative launched in Dubai

The move is part of the plan to make 2016 the “year of reading”

“Reading on Beach” initiative launched in Dubai

The Dubai Municipality has launched an initiative called “Reading on Beach,” which entails the setting up of libraries on public beaches across the city.

The move was taken to encourage people to read and to make reading a lifelong habit.

It comes in line with the plans of the President and Vice President of the UAE, HH Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan and HH Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, to make 2016 the year of reading.

The beaches were chosen as the location for the libraries because they attract thousands of people every year, according to Alya Al Harmoudi, director of the environment department at Dubai Municipality.

Al Harmoudi said the initiative is set to bring people and books closer.

The books are also aimed to act as an entertainment method for visitors.

In addition, the book libraries are equipped with a solar lighting system as to attract beach goers by day or night.

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